If you have ever been confused by how to be creative or how to get your team to be more innovative, listen up. In this podcast, Dr. Amy Climer explains research, demystifies the creative process, and gives practical advice and strategies to help you build an innovative team. Learn about leading creative teams, deliberate innovation, and the creative problem solving process. Move past the myths and get real about innovation and creativity.
Episode 103: Designing Creative Space with Donald Rattner
Space matters. In this episode, Architect Donald Rattner shares the research on how to design your space to enhance your creativity. Donald shares several simple changes you can make. Then, he examines Amy's office and provides advice on how she can make her space more conducive to creativity. Then, Amy implements those changes and reveals the new office layout.
What You’ll Learn The three A's of designing a creative space How our brain's perception of our space impacts our creativity What prospect refuge theory is and how to use it to your advantage Learn about the new "resimercial" design craze for workplaces
About Donald Rattner Donald M. Rattner is the author of “My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation” and principal of Donald M. Rattner, Architect. As a consultant he draws on scientific research to help individuals and organizations maximize occupant creativity in workplace, residential, wellness, hospitality and retail environments. Educator and author as well as practitioner, Rattner’s publications include “The Creativity Catalog,” “Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture,” entries in professional reference books, and numerous contributions to print and online channels. He has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, Parsons School of Design, and online. Workshop and lecture venues include NeoCon, Metrocon, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Mornings, and many others. His work has been featured on CNN and in such publications as The New York Times, Work Design Magazine, Builder, L-Magazine, and Better Humans. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in art history from Columbia and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University.
Weekly Challenge Assess your space. Keep a log of when/where you are doing your best work and when/where are you doing your least successful work. Then, what changes might you make to help you be more creative?
Resources Donald Rattner's Website Donald Rattner's Book: Your Creative Space Focus At Will Coffitivity
Episode 102: Emergent Innovation with Johnathan Cromwell
Deliberate creativity encourages gaining clarity about the problem at the beginning of the innovation process. However, that's not how we always work. It's common to create something new while maintaining ambiguity around the purpose of the solution. Dr. Johnathan Cromwell found this in his research while studying a start-up company that was creating a social robot. After observing hundreds of hours of team meetings he noticed a process he calls emergent innovation. In this episode, he explains his research and helps us understand how emergent innovation works.
What You’ll Learn The difference between emergent innovation and deliberate innovation Elements of emergent innovation How to get comfortable with ambiguity
About Dr. Johnathan Cromwell Johnathan Cromwell is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy at the University of San Francisco. His research focuses on creativity and innovation in organizations, particularly how people collaborate with each other as they tackle vague, open-ended, and ambiguous problems. Through this research, he aims to develop a new theoretical framework called "dynamic problem solving" that explains why, when, and how people change the way they approach problems as they deal with various constraints during the innovation process. This work has been recognized by the Academy of Management with the 2018 OB Division Best Paper Award. He earned an S.B. in Chemical-Biological Engineering from MIT and a Doctorate in Management from Harvard Business School.
Weekly Challenge John challenges us to try improv cooking as a way to explore emergent innovation. Use the ingredients in your kitchen and come up with a dish. Use those ingredients to shape your dish and see what emerges.
Episode 101: Polymaths with Angela Cotellessa
A polymath is a modern-day Renaissance person. They have expertise in a range of fields and their diverse experiences help them be more creative. Dr. Angela Cotellessa was the first person to do a dissertation on modern-day polymaths. In this episode, she shares with us what she learned about polymaths and how it relates to being more creative.
What You’ll Learn What is polymathy and why does it matter? What are the themes of modern-day polymaths What we can learn from polymaths to help us be more creative.
About Dr. Angela Cotellessa Dr. Angela Cotellessa is dedicated to helping individuals reach towards their fullest potential.
Her doctorate from George Washington University is in Human & Organizational Learning. The focus of her doctoral research and dissertation was on modern day polymaths: people with broad, varied expertise in both the arts and sciences.
Since 2007, Angela has worked for the American federal government. From 2007 to 2013, she was a non-political, civil servant at the Executive Office of the President. Since 2013, she has worked at the Center for Leadership Development, helping make the federal government more effective, one leader at a time.
Angela lives near Washington, DC with her husband, Joe, and her daughter, Lily. For fun, Angela enjoys traveling internationally, music, and learning.
Weekly Challenge Angela gives us two challenges this week.
Try something new. It doesn’t even have to be outside of your comfort zone. Just something new. Reflect on it. What did you learn? Think about an issue or challenge you have. Is there another area of your life that you could apply to solving this problem?
Episode 100: Creativity Stories from Listeners
Wow! It's episode 100! In this episode, Amy Climer interviews four long-time listeners who share what they learned from The Deliberate Creative Podcast. They talk about their own insights and changes they made in their lives based on listening to the show. Prepare to be inspired!
What You’ll Learn How four listeners have applied the learnings from the podcast to their work and life Insights into Amy's recent creative block News about the future of The Deliberate Creative Podcast
Resources Episodes about Creative Problem Solving: 003, 004, 005, 006, 007 Episode 8: FourSight Thinking Profile with Blair Miller Episode 20: How Your Mindset Explains Everything Episode 21: Identify Your Creative Blocks Episode 26: Is the Imposter Syndrome Decreasing Your Creativity? Episode 64: Five Steps for Presenting Ideas with Jack Hannibal Episode 70: How to Ask Questions with Chad Littlefield Episode 91: The Skills You Need To Be a Design Thinker with Dr. Dani Chesson Book: The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
Episode 99: How to Conduct Ethnographic Interviews for Design
Human-centered Design requires learning people's real needs. It means moving past assumptions and engaging with people to better understand their experiences. Some of the most powerful tools in the Human-centered Design process are ethnographic interviews and other types of ethnographic research. This episode explains what these tools are and how to use them to help you gain a deeper understanding of their real needs. The results will be increased creativity and innovation.
What You’ll Learn What ethnographic research means in the context of design and creativity 4 types of ethnographic tools that are helpful for solving problems creatively Tips and advice for conducting ethnographic research such as interviews, walk-a-mile, contextual inquiry, and observation.
Resources IDEO.org Suri, J.F. & Howard, S.G. (2006).Going Deeper, Seeing Further: Enhancing Ethnographic Interpretations to Reveal More Meaningful Opportunities for Design. Journal of Advertising Research. IDEO's Design Kit Course Weekly Challenge Practice doing at least one ethnographic interview this week.
Episode 98: The Power of Human-centered Design
Human-centered Design is about looking at people's real problems and creating solutions that meet their needs. In this episode, learn the definition and basic steps of human-centered design and how it can help you solve problems more creatively.
What You’ll Learn
The definition of human-centered design Why human-centered design matters and how you can use it in your work/life The six-step human-centered design process [powerpress]
Resources The Lab, Office of Personnel Management Fundamentals of Human-centered Design for federal employees Creative Problem Solving Institute IDEO.org and IDEO.com Weekly Challenge Think about a problem you are trying to solve. Who are the stakeholders involved? Who do you need to talk with to gain a deeper understanding of the actual problem.
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