WHERE IDEAS COME FROM

FRANCE. Nice. August 1949. Henri MATISSE in his studio.

FRANCE. Nice. August 1949. Henri MATISSE in his studio.

So, it is known that the environment triggers our innate tendencies for learning, but can it actually affect our thinking? And more particularly, can it have an impact on our creativity? Have you ever wondered what it is that sparks the flash of brilliance? Well, this week we are going to have a look at how groundbraking innovation can happen.

1 – If you want to know good ideas come from, watch this talk by the author Steven Johnson or if you don’t have 18 minutes to spare, read this article that highlights the key points of the talk.

2 – Increase the frequence of your ideas, by understanding the science behind it. Read “How to have great ideas more often, according to science” here.

3 – Workplaces must include spaces for work and rest to foster innovation, finds Haworth. Apparently, we need spaces to focus, rest, AND the in-between to have good ideas. All explained here.

4 – The elusiveness of our ideas is discussed in this popular TED talk by the author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, who emphasizes how our genius sometimes shows up at inconvenient times, but also suggests how instead of someone “being” a genius we all “have” a genius.

5 – For sure, inspiration doesn’t show up on a schedule. Psychologists argue that great thoughts emerge in unlikely places and quite possibly, like most of us, your best thinking seems to happen in the shower.

6 – Meditate to create! A bit of a heavy read here, but if you are up for it, this article looks into how mindfulness has a straight route to creativity.

7 – Nietzsche was convinced that “all truly great thoughts are conceived while walking” and indeed a Stanford study ascertains that. So, don’t sit around your desk and go for a stroll on your lunch break!

If you are thirsty for more, why not read ‘The Art of Thought’ by Graham Wallas, which is a longer, but more indulging dip into our thinking mechanisms.

I will quickly remind you that you can register here, and I ‘m off.

Cheers!
Mariza