I’ve just participated in a small conference on copyright and patent law, hosted by the American Law Institute and Georgetown University Law Center, a few steps from Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Of the 40 people in the room, I was the only one who was not a lawyer or a legal scholar—I was invited… Read More Bringing Together Copyright and Patent Law
I just returned from San Francisco, where I gave a keynote at the “Learning & the Brain” conference. In my talk, “Creative Teaching for the 21st Century,” I described the learning outcomes students need to become creative, and I identified the central features of learning environments that foster creative learning. The very receptive audience included… Read More Educating for Creative Minds
I’m in San Francisco to give a talk, and I flew here on United. I discovered that this month’s in-flight magazine has a special section on innovation! I have to admit, I rarely even open the in-flight magazines when I travel, so this is the last thing I was expecting. It starts with an interview… Read More Innovation When You Least Expect It
Some toy brands are cash cows for their companies: Think Barbie and Hot Wheels (Mattel) or My Little Pony (Hasbro) or Lego. These toys have been popular for generations; new parents buy them for their children; they almost sell themselves. But after a few decades of growth, you reach market saturation (every girl who might have… Read More Where Do New Toys Come From?
The creative process is not linear. Just the opposite: It zigs and zags. Eric Rodenbeck, founder and CEO of Stamen Design, really understands this. Check out this image he generated, for Business Week magazine, of how projects get developed at Stamen.* The neat stairway from left to right shows the traditional path of project development,… Read More Stamen Design Understands the Zigzag
Will we see creativity on the field in tomorrow night’s Superbowl football game, between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens? In one sense, of course there will be creativity–after all, no one knows what the outcome of the game will be. If coaches choose predictable plays, then the other team can anticipate them;… Read More Creativity and the Superbowl