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MLOS 501:

MLOS 501 Session Five Creativity and Its Impact on Groups

Group Presentations:

Group Presentations

Activity:

Activity Brain Fry

Requirements for creativity (Rothwell):

Requirements for creativity (Rothwell) More perspiration than inspiration Spurred by challenges Flourishes in cooperative atmosphere Requires sound ideas (not just imaginative) Requires many ideas Requires breaking mindsets

Activity:

Activity The Squares Game

Framing/Reframing :

Framing/Reframing Perhaps most important tool Comic frame Tragic frame

Tools for Creativity:

Tools for Creativity Mind-mapping

Tony Buzan on Mapping:

Tony Buzan on Mapping http://www.studygs.net/mapping/buzanmap.htm

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Step 1: Center First. Our linear, left-brain education system has taught us to start in the upper left-hand corner of a page. However, our mind focuses on the center ... so mind-mapping begins with a word or image that symbolizes what you want to think about placed in the middle of the page.

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Step 2: Lighten Up! Let go of the idea of finding a cure for cancer, ending hunger, solving the problem or writing a report that your boss will love. Mind-mapping is simply a brain dumping process that helps stimulate new ideas and connections. Start with an open, playful attitude ... you can always get serious later.

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Step 3: Free Associate. As ideas emerge, print one or two word descriptions of the ideas on lines branching from the central focus. Allow the ideas to expand outward into branches and sub-branches. Put down all ideas without judgment or evaluation.

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Step 4: Think Fast. Your brain works best in 5-7 minute bursts so capture that explosion of ideas as rapidly as possible. Key words, symbols and images provide a mental short-hand to help you record ideas as quickly as possible

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Step 5: Break Boundaries. Break through the "8 1/2x 11 mentality" that says you have to write on white, letter-size paper with black ink or pencil. Use ledger paper or easel paper or cover an entire wall with butcher paper ... the bigger the paper, the more ideas you'll have. Use wild colors, fat colored markers, crayons, or skinny felt tipped pens. You haven't lived until you've mind-mapped a business report with hot pink and day-glo orange crayons.

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Step 6: Judge Not. Put everything down that comes to mind even if it is completely unrelated. If you're brainstorming ideas for a report on the status of carrots in Texas and you suddenly remember you need to pick-up your cleaning, put down "cleaning." Otherwise your mind will get stuck like a record in that "cleaning" groove and you'll never generate those great ideas.

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Step 7: Keep Moving. Keep your hand moving. If ideas slow down, draw empty lines, and watch your brain automatically find ideas to put on them. Or change colors to reenergize your mind. Stand up and mind-map on an easel pad to generate even more energy.

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Step 8: Allow Organization. Sometimes you see relationships and connections immediately and you can add sub-branches to a main idea. Sometimes you don't, so you just connect the ideas to the central focus. Organization can always come later; the first requirement is to get the ideas out of your head and onto the paper.

Activity:

Activity Use the mind-mapping technique to brainstorm an idea relating to your work

Break:

Break

Tools for Creativity:

Tools for Creativity Creativity trip book Journal jar Question list available via email

Tools for Creativity:

Tools for Creativity Six Hats

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White Hat—calls for information known or needed Red Hat—signifies feelings, hunches, and intuition Yellow Hat—symbolizes values and benefits and why something may work Black Hat—judgment: the devil’s advocate or why something may not work Green Hat—focuses on creativity: possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas Blue Hat—used to manage the thinking process

Activity:

Activity Problem-solving using the Six Hats method

Answering Your Questions:

Answering Your Questions

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