Ready for greater creativity? Perhaps you have read through
some of the creative problem solving pages of the site, and you
want to try out your new mind. This is the place. Here are some
simple exercises you can use to practice thinking in new ways.
Exercising the Imagination
Part of creativity is being able to imagine things. With that
in mind, the following exercise is about imagining what you would
do in a given scenario with only a few possible "tools"
at your disposal. There is no "correct" answer, except
for any that work.
Scenario: Your plane crashed in the wilderness. You
and the only other survivor landed on opposite sides of a deep,
fast river that is 100 feet wide. You need to get to the man
on the other side, who is injured and can only crawl around.
There are no rocks or rapids where you are. You could try to
swim across, but you are not sure you would make it before being
swept over the waterfall that is a hundred yards downstream.
Other than the trees, bushes and rocks around you, all you have
is some plane wreckage to work with. How can you safely get across?
Playing with Language
Here is a new word and its definition: Dogmaholic: one who
is addicted to and consistently under the influence of a well-defined
philosophy or set of ideas. Now here are several other new phrases
just coined. Create a definition for each of these:
"Creativity is contagious. Pass
it on." - Albert Einstein
Some Questions to Ponder
The idea here is to exercise that inquisitive mind. These
are certainly not one-answer questions. Nor do you even need
to arrive at a solution to get the benefit of thinking in new
ways. Just give a couple minutes thought to each of the following.
How could we test to see if animals had a sense of humor?
With a pen and one piece of paper, how could you make the
What new uses can you think of for a light nylon jacket?
If you needed to raise $200,000 by tomorrow, how might you
One of the most creative and interesting creative problem
solving techniques is combining concepts to get new ideas. It
is a great way to...
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