As I progress through this course (Creativity and Problem solving) I’m more and more impressed and enlightened. Through the readings and videos, I’m discovering a lot about myself and others, and how to achieve creativity. This video personally really touched me, because not only was I charmed by Tina Seelig’s, (the speaker) passion but I found what she said immensely relatable.
There are internal and external tools that aid our journey to creativity and they’re all related to each other. Internally, we have:
-our attitude and
And while schools kill imagination, we’re here to bring it back.
Think about a joke. The key to a good joke is rephrasing and playing with words, and this increments imagination levels. Also, combining haphazard ideas together and making connections between them creates interesting ideas, and although this comes across as challenging for me, the skill could grow with practice. And lastly challenging assumptions, meaning that surprising or unusual problems have a variety of correct answers. Being an engineering student, the idea of many correct answers wasn’t familiar, but with time I figured that approaching problems differently is a route to coming up with many correct answers. Of course we have to be passionately willing to explore a variety of answers and this is our attitude towards problems. You have to be wholehearted and dedicated, and things will surely come about.
Knowledge is well explained in this video , where it’s important to be thorough about something to be able to play with it, and this comes, unexpectedly, through scrutinizing the world around us. A writer has to have a rich background in vocabulary to be able to weave stories or describe scenes for example.
Externally, we’ve got:
And I’ve understood why we changed our class location when habitat came up because the new room is spacious and flexible allowing for more freedom, as compared to boring chairs and desks. Resources are important in the sense that we should make the best use of the potential we already have to come up with something new. Culture, like Seelig said, is the “background music” to all of this. A community has to have the right attitude to tackle problems and this is what links these two together. I’m hoping that after I’m done with this course, I can do anything to change the negative attitudes of Egyptian people. Because this would contribute greatly in development and social change. And also because, the right habitat stimulates imagination and vice versa and that is the beauty of it!
Start with whatever you have, but get started!