Dic 162013

Creative Intelligence

As you probably remember, EADA lecturers Lucía Langa and Franc Ponti published last month of April their book “Inteligencia creativa” (Spanish and Catalan editions).

Now the book has been translated into English with the title of “Creative Intelligence”. The book details seven amazing strategies that people can develop to harness their creative intelligence. The text is full of examples, exercises and different ways of practicing with the strategies, so it’s definitely a practical book that may help anyone in the process of creative reinvention.

The book is available in paperback and also in electronic format (e-book). You can find it both in Amazon or in the Amat Editorial website

But let’s take a quick look at the seven mentioned strategies. Here you are a brief summary of them:

Thinking Zen

Without time to think, it is difficult to be creative. If we get carried away by our daily activities, we will probably end doing always the same. Creativity often needs room for reflection and connection to the inner world. Walking in the woods, practicing meditation or learning to concentrate are some of the zen practices we will see later on. People who cannot find this connection with their inner world have many more difficulties to express their creativity. It is not a question of forcing anything, the idea is to know how to find that inner peace that will allow our creativity to flow spontaneously

Thinking Po

The term Po is very commonly used in creative thinking. It was coined by Edward de Bono and it means “Provocative operation”. If we want to be creative, we must learn to challenge those conventionalisms tied to everything around us. We have to be provocative in our way of thinking and contemplating reality. If we already agree with what we see, what need is there to be creative? Po means to wonder constantly, to challenge what seems to be obvious, to try to see how things could be different and many other things. It is one of the most important abilities to build a real creative intelligence.

Thinking Open

Creativity needs inner space, as we have just seen, but also for interaction. Think Open means building bridges for dialog between different realities, opening concepts to worlds other than our own. A person or an organization will hardly have an idea on their own, so we often have to make the most of what surrounds us to finish the creative process. We need to connect with other sources of wisdom and combine them with our own. Relationships and networking may provide tremendous improvement to an embryonic idea.

Thinking Flow

Do we know some of the most useful tools for creativity? Do we know how to use them as a group? Think Flow is learning to generate great amounts of ideas (divergence), explore them and select the best ones (convergence). This is a simple process but if it is not well done, we will not get the maximum benefit from a creative session. We need to learn to think in a different way, as a group, so we may thus optimize our creative possibilities. There are endless methodologies that can help. Have you heard about masks, random words, hall of fame or multicolor bathroom?

Feeling Emo

Thinking is fine and we should do it, but we humans are also emotional beings. Feeling and experimenting an idea emotionally is as important as recognizing and structuring it rationally. In fact, people out of touch with their emotional world may have more difficulties when trying to imagine or create something, because they lack the closeness that emotions supply. In fact, to a large extent, innovating is moving. But do we know how to work with emotions? Have we learned to make them our allies?

Feeling Happy

Do you know any creative person who is completely unmotivated? Kind of difficult… Very often attitudes of creative intelligence go hand in hand with high doses of motivation and passion. When we decide to do something, however difficult it might be, we are most probably going to succeed. However, looking around us for motivation, we find little. Obligation prevails over passion and wish. Many organizations are but temples of boredom and routine. We need passion stages where we humans may feel like doing things. Innovating means, except in some cases, being positive and happy.

Thinking Team

For reasons that are anthropologically complex, we humans tend to compete more than collaborate. This, in a network environment and very open as it is right now, is a real drama. We must put aside confrontations and win-lose mentalities and change them for mental structures based on collaboration. Blind rivalry should become intelligent collaboration. It is impossible to be creative and innovate if we antagonize one another. We will not succeed if we do not learn to work thinking that two plus two may make more than four and that the best way to establish relationships is the win-win mentality.

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