Creativity is one of mankind's most basic and deep rooted instincts. It is the key to survival and the driver for progress. In today's world creativity is a skill set that has become a critical component for success ad advancement.
Companies that depend on innovation for their competitive edge are clamoring for a workforce that is creative. Educational institutions are struggling to meet this need as resources are limited.
All humans are born with creative ability. However, over time this creative instinct is replaced by habit and conformity. We are taught to believe that there is only one right answer to every challenge. We are trained to believe that to err is to fail, and our tolerance for risk and openness to novelty diminishes over time.
So how can we close the gap and rebuild our creative ability? The answer lies in reawakening our creative instinct and reengaging our creative skill set through practice.
Use any or all of the 53 Creativity Cards to work on specific personal skills that you wish to develop or use a variety of cards as a team challenge to amp up everyone's creativity!
The Creativity Cards are designed to:
- Raise awareness about how you think
- Address challenges
- Leverage opportunities
Through simple daily activities these cards will help you to make a shift to a more creative mindset. You will notice that the skills are often interdependent and once you have developed some expertise with the skills, you will realize that the skills are synergistic and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The creativity skills included in the Creativity Cards are Meta Skills and Process Skills. The Meta Skills are designed to help you nurture a creative mindset. These skills will support your Process Skills and will help you make a transition to a more creative approach to life. The Process Skills are designed to help you improve your ability to generate novel and useful solutions to open-ended challenges.
- Openness to Novelty
- Embracing Ambiguity
- Sensing Gaps
- Flexibility, Fluency, Originality
These cards are based on techniques that were derived from more than 50 years of research done at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State University. Use these cards and watch your creativity soar. The cards present prompts and challenges that can be used on a daily basis to make a shift to a more creative mindset.
They are conveniently sized so that you can carry them with you as a reminder throughout the day. These cards provide you with the flexibility to choose which skill and activity you wish to start with and what you choose to do next.
Deck of 53 cards; each card is 3.6" x 2.2".