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http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/57_675.jpgTitle:   The Big Book of Creativity Games: Quick, Fun Acitivities for Jumpstarting Innovation

Author(s):      Robert Epstein

Published:     2000

Description: In the modern economy, where most workers are knowledge workers, creativity and innovation are the most easily sustainable competitive advantages. In The Big Book of Creativity Games, Harvard trained psychologist Robert Epstein provides dozens of games and activities designed to stimulate creativity and generate innovation in the workplace.

Dr. Epstein describes the scientific principles of creativity that underlie the games, and how these principles can be applied to tasks like problem solving, new product development, and marketing. Timely and innovative, The Big Book of Creativity Games is the ideal book for managers to turn to whenever they need:

  • Games that are easy to lead and fun to play
  • Exercises that go far beyond standard brainstorming techniques
  • Innovation jump-starters for team meetings and work groups

 

http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/46_674.jpgTitle:   The Hothouse Effect: Intensify Creativity in Your Organization Using Secrets from History's Most Innovative Communities

Author(s):      Barton Kunstler Ph.D.

Published:     2003

Description:"The Hothouse Effect" examines the dynamics of several such communities, or "creative hothouses," and identifies the factors that drove their unusual creative fervor. Case studies of contemporary businesses, plus interviews with executives, illustrate clearly how the nurturing of creative drive can lead directly to more innovative products, revolutionized processes, and dramatic improvements in results.

This valuable book also offers practical tools for assessing creativity in any organization, then implementing the results of the assessment toward building the creative hothouse effect that will drive innovation, productivity, and results well into the future."

 

http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/29_676.pngTitle:   The Origins of Creativity

Author(s):      Karl H. Pfenninger, Valerie R. Shubik, Bruce Adolphe

Published:     2001

Description:   This book, which had its genesis in a conference organized by Karl Pfenninger, and held at Aspen, Colorado, entitled 'Higher brain function, art and science: an interdisciplinary examination of the creative process', brings together articles by thirteen contributorsfrom the fields of science, art and music. Two of the contributors have been awarded Nobel prizes, and all are distinguished representatives of their fields. The Origins of Creativity is organized around four central themes of creativity: the creative experience in art and science; the biologicalbasis of imagination, emotion and reason; creative powers and the environment; and the mind's perception of patterns. The views of artists, who couch their ideas in more metaphorical language, mingle with the analytical thoughts of scientists who strive to understand how the brain generates imagesand ideas. The voices of creators - artist, scientist, mathematician - and of those who study creative activity - neuroscientist, psychologist, philosopher - generate a broad spectrum of views on creativity whose integration offers new insights and becomes a creative act in itself. This bookoffers insights into the origins of human creativity to scientists, artists, and general readers. Its inter-disciplinary authorship presents a uniquely broad perspective on current research, and the style throughout is accessible and engaging.

 

http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/34_677.jpgTitle:   The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

Author(s):      Twyla Tharp

Published:     2006

Description:ll it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career.

In "Where's Your Pencil?" Tharp reminds you to observe the world -- and get it down on paper. In "Coins and Chaos," she gives you an easy way to restore order and peace. In "Do a Verb," she turns your mind and body into coworkers. In "Build a Bridge to the Next Day," she shows you how to clean the clutter from your mind overnight.

Tharp leads you through the painful first steps of scratching for ideas, finding the spine of your work, and getting out of ruts and into productive grooves. The wide-open realm of possibilities can be energizing, and Twyla Tharp explains how to take a deep breath and begin…

 

http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/6_679.jpgTitle:   The Creativity Force in Education, Business and Beyond: An Urgent Message

Author(s):      Berenice Bleedorn

Published:     1998

Description:   A professional educator explores how creativity can and should be used in education and business. The Creativity Force calls for educational reform to include more individualistic, humanistic, and qualitative ideals, and to do so without sacrificing standards. This comprehensive book is a must-read for scholars, creative people, and everyone in education and business.

 

http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/houdini_solution_1_685.jpgTitle:   The Houdini Solution: Why Thinking Inside the Box is the Key to Creativity

Author(s):     

Published:     2006

Description: Houdini performed his greatest tricks within the confines of a box. Now one of the advertising industry's brightest and most innovative stars shows you how to do likewise: to use the power of thinking inside the box to unleash the power of innate creativity.

Who hasn't been extremely creative when boxed into an exceedingly tight deadline or budget? The Houdini Solution introduces a radical theory of how to generate more focused and powerful ideas by accepting, and even thriving on, constraints instead of being controlled by them. Filled with inspiring anecdotes and intriguing exercises that will yield surprising results, this book will spur you on to unleash the full power of your creativity, work magic in the workplace, and succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

 

http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/51_681.jpgTitle:   The International Handbook of Creativity

Author(s):      Kaufman, James C., Sternberg, Robert J.

Published:      2006

Description: What constitutes a creative person? Different cultures have different perspectives on what it means to be creative, yet it is nearly always the American or Western perspective that is represented in the psychological literature. The goal of this handbook is to present a truly international and diverse set of perspectives on the psychology of human creativity. Distinguished international scholars have contributed to this book's chapters on the history and current state of creativity research and theory in their respective parts of the world. Much of the work discussed has never before been available in English.

 

http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/TheOriginsandPsychodynamicsofCreativity-300x222_686.pngTitle:   The Origins and Psychodynamics of Creativity: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

Author(s):      Jerome D. Oremland, Jerome D. Cremland

Published:      1997

Description:"In thinking of creating as a form of relating, Jerome D. Oremland has created a communicative book that initiates a dialogue that does not come to an end when one has finished reading it.

"Origins and Psychodynamics of Creativity should be studied by every psychoanalyst to develop psychoanalytic competence in working with creative individuals. Oremland provides definitions regarding conditions for creativity and its unfolding, and the complex relations of the arts to his art." -- Dr. Peter Schuster.

 

http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/30_682.JPGTitle:   The Skinny on Creativity: Thinking Outside the Box

Author(s):      Jim Randel

Published:     2010

Description:   The Skinny on Creativity - now with animation! No matter what you do, or where you are in life, the ability to think creatively is crucial for your survival and your success. The more you develop your skills at creative thinking, the more likely you will be able to master your environment. Creative thinkers are all around you. People who are juggling responsibilities and obligations, who are finding ways to get a lot done with minimal help, who are using their talents to maximum effect. Creative thinking is the skill you need to overcome whatever stands between you and what you want to accomplish. Creative thinkers will have an edge in the years ahead. Machines can perform analysis better than most humans. But machines can't imagine; machines can't think creatively. To compete and prosper you need to enhance your abilities at creative thinking. So give us an hour of your time, and we will give you a better understanding creativity and an enhanced ability to think outside of the box.

 

http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/31_683.jpgTitle:   The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life

Author(s):      John Daido Loori

Published:     2004

Description:   For many of us, the return of Zen conjures up images of rock gardens and gently flowing waterfalls. We think of mindfulness and meditation, immersion in a state of being where meaning is found through simplicity. Zen lore has been absorbed by Western practitioners and pop culture alike, yet there is a specific area of this ancient tradition that hasn’t been fully explored in the West. Now, in The Zen of Creativity, American Zen master John Daido Loori presents a book that taps the principles of the Zen arts and aesthetic as a means to unlock creativity and find freedom in the various dimensions of our existence. Loori dissolves the barriers between art and spirituality, opening up the possibility of meeting life with spontaneity, grace, and peace.

 

http://www.appladesign.net/domains/create//documents/15_684.jpgTitle:   Unleash Your Creativity

Author(s):      Rob Bevan & Tim Wright

Published:    

Description:   Thereare 52 short chapters (one a week if your mind works well with that sort of structure). Apart from the main text there's an idea box to try out straight away, links to another section, defining idea which is a relevant quote and how did it go, which gives guidance when it hasn't worked out properly for you. Defining ideas wasn't particularly inspiring, but how did it go is a brilliant concept - not original, but creativity isn't always about being original, and having a "how to fix it" bit is superb.

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