9 Ways to Think Divergently

March 11, 2016 Tom Barrett 2

Further to my post about thinking obliquely and divergently (First inspired by Marty Neumeier’s article on the Liquid Agency site) I have made this handy little graphic of the nine strategies shared. I hope you find it useful.

Creative sculpture of trolleys

What Makes People Creative?

February 27, 2015 Tom Barrett 5

When you start to explore the literature around the definition of creativity, or what it means to be creative, the lists and references go on and on. In this post I wanted to share a few key characteristics of what we might deam a creative approach or disposition. In my last post I shared the idea of developing a creative council in the classroom to learn about key role models and why they were/are so influential in their fields. With a better sense of the characteristics of creative people we can form better perspectives on our own work and speak more confidently about what makes up ‘being creative”.

Hold Your Ideas Lightly

February 10, 2015 Tom Barrett 4

This is a simple metaphor to understand. When you are exploring the validity of an idea, hold your idea lightly – do not clutch it tightly to your chest. We often explore if an idea is valid in the company of others and so we need to present our thinking with this mindset as lots of good things flow from it. It is an important mindset we adjust to in our design thinking workshops we run with teachers.