Do you ever find yourself wishing you could come up with more creative ideas? Do you think of creativity is a gift bestowed on the lucky few? The guest for this episode, Brad Hokanson, will help you see that creativity is fluid and that it is a skill that can be developed. Brad is a professor and author, who teaches students how to develop their creative skills.
He is a professor in Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota. Brad has a diverse academic record, including degrees in art, architecture and urban design, and received his PhD in Instructional Technology. He teaches in the area of creative problem solving and has published research in the fields of creativity and educational technology. His most recent book on the subject is Developing Creative Thinking Skills. He won his college’s award for outstanding teaching in 2002 and 2008.
- An accepted definition of creativity
- Increasing importance of creativity
- Characteristics of a creative solution
- Traits of the creative person
- Metrics for measuring creativity
- Why we come up with more creative solutions over time
- Evidence that creativity can be improved
- How to improve creativity
- Divergent and convergent thinking
- Combinatory thinking
- Exercises to improve creativity
- Stories of people who improved their creativity
- A brainstorming technique: the idea relay
- Stretching the solution space
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TIME: 33 minutes
- Developing Creative Thinking Skills by Brad Hokanson
- Investment Theory of Creativity, article by Sternberger
- Cambridge Handbook of Creativity, book by Sternberger
- Idea Relay Form (brainstorming technique)
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