Sawyer’s book of creativity techniques is now available in Japanese, published by Yamaha Music.… Read More “Zig Zag” Published in Japanese!
Bingo didn’t have a solo inventor; it was created by group genius.… Read More Bingo was his name-o!
Creativity is never a straight linear path from idea to execution. … Read More Wrigley Wiggles: Zigzagging to Creativity
December 15, 2015 I’m excited to announce the release of the ZIG ZAG Creativity Cards! The card deck has 48 cards, and each one has a different creativity exercise. There are also four cards that describe how to use the cards alone, in groups, and when you’re facilitating a workshop. The cards are perfect for everyday use. You… Read More ZIG ZAG Creativity Cards Now Available!
I really enjoyed a new book on creativity, How To Fly a Horse, by Kevin Ashton. He echoes what I’ve been saying for the last ten years: The flash of insight is a myth; Instead, creativity emerges from many small sparks, that occur over time. Creativity comes from hard work over a sustained period of time… Read More How To Fly a Horse: Another Book on Creativity
I had a great time giving this morning’s keynote at the annual Montessori teacher’s conference (NAMTA). They invited me to talk about how to foster creativity and collaboration in high school classrooms. In my keynote, I gave an overview of the core lessons from my creativity research, combined with my learning sciences research: Creative learning… Read More Montessori, Collaboration, and Creativity
I’m reading a fascinating book about creativity called The Art of Tinkering, curated by the two co-directors of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio. The book brings together creations and practices of artists and makers from all over the United States. I love this list of “Tinkering Tenets” from the book–daily practices that help you… Read More The Art of Tinkering
Frozen is the most popular, highest grossing animated film of all time. How did the writers and producers create such a big success? Who had the brilliant idea to make a film about female empowerment, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Snow Queen? As it turns out, no one person had this idea.… Read More How “Frozen” Was Created: New ABC Special Shows How Creativity Happens
Thinking in New Boxes is the title of a new book by Luc de Brabandere and Alan Iny of Boston Consulting Group. They write “Thinking outside the box is dead” and propose “thinking in new boxes processes” like: doubt everything; research; generate ideas; introduce reality; and implement and evaluate relentlessly. In my 2013 book Zig… Read More Thinking In New Boxes
Inc. Magazine just published a review of my new book Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity. Reporter Christina DesMarais selected her favorite 25 techniques, out of more than 100 I wrote about in the book. DesMarais writes: The book is a gem, chock full of fascinating findings from research studies and a deep… Read More 25 Ways To Be More Creative