Sunday, July 17, 2011
Seeing things in a new light, expressing yourself, exploring and coming up with new directions are normally associated with people in the arts but really, what makes their ways of thinking different from the normal ways of problem solving?
Nothing. Because we are all thinking machines: working the numbers, building new vistas, and climbing mountains.
Divergent thinking (the ability to think of diverse and original ideas i.e. brainstorming) followed by convergent thinking (the ability to use logical thinking to narrow those ideas to ones best suited for given situations) allows us to make well-formed decisions. Whether it's deciding how to put paint on a canvas so others can find some value, or deciding where to put a door in a wall to allow ease of access.
So, back to my grade school test. Perhaps the question should have been, "How many different routes can you think of to come to school?" I'm thinking everyone in that class would have been classified "creative."
We are, after all, all fruit from the same tree.
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 11:10 AM