Practical Creativity

When we think about creativity, it’s usually the creativity of artists and musicians, novelists and poets. That is, people who create to express. But there’s another kind of creativity: that of designers and craftsmen, scientists and engineers. Those who create to solve problems or to invent. While these two modes of creativity aren’t exclusive, this  second type of creativity, what I’m calling Practical Creativity, is defined by constraints that aren’t of one’s own making and are usually solved by putting together disparate pieces into a new, unique whole. This talk focuses on what you can do to increase your practical creativity through the deliberate practice of finding and gathering those pieces and the methods for fitting them together. We’ll look at everyday practices and methods to boost creativity, as well as how to overcome the (infinite) number of things that seem to inhibit creativity.

You Will Learn

  • Tips to help you be creative every day
  • How to set up and continue a creative practice
  • How to deal with creativity under deadlines
  • What things hinder creativity and how to combat them

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Date: January 23, 2015 Time: 9:15 am - 10:00 am photo of Dan Saffer

Dan Saffer

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