Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

How Entrepreneurs Can Master the Creative Mind

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

To become a great entrepreneur, one needs to be creative and innovative. The Creativity Post has a list of 8 tips to cultivate and maintain creativity, including:

1. Forever curious. Endless curiosity is the number one indication of the creative mind-set. It allows entrepreneurs to challenge what is already “known” to extrapolate that to an original idea. Curiosity infuses you with the determination needed to figure out or learn how to turn an original or innovative idea into a reality.

2. Always open to new things. Thinking this way can be viewed as quieting the opinions of the judgmental mind long enough to allow the creative mind the time and space it needs to generate interesting insights, associations, and connections. This opens creative possibilities, rather than categorizing new things into self-limited dead-ends.”

Read the rest here.

Related: our interview with Judy Estrin on innovation.

Also related: watch Dr. Stephen Hicks outline the entrepreneurial process and the role of innovation within it.

CEE Interview with Douglas Den Uyl

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s executive director, talks with guest speaker Douglas Den Uyl about the essence of capitalism.

DeviantART: An Innovative Social Network for Artists

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Check out Entrepreneur Magazine‘s fascinating profile of Angelo Sotira, co-founder and CEO of DeviantART, a popular social network (over 14 million members) for visual artists of all kinds. Sotira and his colleagues created an innovative architecture to support online creative communities years before Facebook and MySpace, with features that those more famous social networks later appropriated. The article covers Sotira’s career, DeviantART’s history, its plans for the future, and also features a short video about Sotira and DeviantART.

Read it here.

The Importance of Self-employment to Innovation

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Ken Phillips, in an article for Independent Contractors Australia, analyzes the failure of Australian government programs to nurture more entrepreneurship and innovation. The problem, he says, is that society is structured in a way that discourages self-employment. This decreases the amount of innovation in society because the experience of self-employment engenders a psychology of innovation. The self-employed person must constantly come up with new, creative ways to please clients. Phillips contrast self-employment to standard employment, which fosters a psychology of obedience to superiors and thus a lack of creative thinking.

Read the article here.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 Starts November 16

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Global Entrepreneurship Week starts November 16. From the website: “For one week, millions of young people around the world join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people, to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things. Countries across six continents come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark.”

Find out about Entrepreneurship Week events in the United States here.

How Do Innovators Think?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

synapse“What makes visionary entrepreneurs such as Apple’s Steve Jobs, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Ebay’s Pierre Omidyar and Meg Whitman, and P&G’s A.G. Lafley tick?”

Read this article at Harvard Business Review to find out.

Also of interest: Harvard Business Review’s Creativity at Work package.

How to enhance your business through play

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Tim Brown, CEO of Ideo, gives this fun and inspiring TEDtalk about the importance of play for promoting creativity and productivity. And, Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen has a nice summary of the talk.

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi on getting inspired

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Another great talk at TED: Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s whirlwind reflections on his sources of inspiration and creativity.