Zig Zag
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Zig Zag

The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity

Keith Sawyer

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Zig Zag

The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity

Keith Sawyer

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A science-backed method to maximize creative potential in any sphere of life

With the prevalence of computer technology and outsourcing, new jobs and fulfilling lives will rely heavily on creativity and innovation. Keith Sawyer draws from his expansive research of the creative journey, exceptional creators, creative abilities, and world-changing innovations to create an accessible, eight-step program to increasing anyone's creative potential. Sawyer reveals the surprising secrets of highly creative people (such as learning to ask better questions when faced with a problem), demonstrates how to come up with better ideas, and explains how to carry those ideas to fruition most effectively.

This science-backed, step-by step method can maximize our creative potential in any sphere of life.

  • Offers a proven method for developing new ideas and creative problem-solving no matter what your profession
  • Includes an eight-step method, 30 practices, and more than 100 techniques that can be launched at any point in a creative journey
  • Psychologist, jazz pianist, and author Keith Sawyer studied with world-famous creativity expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Sawyer's book offers a wealth of easy to apply strategies and ideas for anyone who wants to tap into their creative power.

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Aalborg University (Denmark)
Absorb New Media technique
Accidents: examples of inventions made from; Langer's drawing a picture experiment on; look for serendipity in. See also Bad ideas; Creativity mistakes
Act It Out technique
Adams, Joe
Adams, Scott
Adamson, Peter
Adaptive expertise
AESOP (surgical robot)
Aesthetic judgment
American Sign Language (ASLPro online dictionary)
Analogies: analogical thinking to create; definition of; fusing ideas to create; mimicking nature to create; using personal analogy to create; using direct analogy to create
Apple: Jobs' typographical literacy contribution to; Steve Jobs' debugging products of
Apply What You Know to New Situations technique
Appoint a Personal Board of Directors technique
Art Center Design Conference (2008)
Artists: Csikszentmihalyi's examination of creative process of; mindfulness as quality needed by; Perkins' study of “noticing” abilities of; “problem-finding” creative style of. See also Creative learners; Creativity
The Artist's Way (Cameron)
Asimov, Isaac
Ask step: Csikszentmihalyi's experimental studio groups findings on; description of; examples of asking the “right” questions; Personal Creative Assessment to self-assess yourself; practices of the; understanding how integrated it is with the other steps; when to focus on the
Ask step practices: Find the Question; Search the Space; Transform the Problem
Asking the right question: Csikszentmihalyi's examining artistic creativity and; Einstein on identifying the right “crime” by; Howard Schultz's development of Starbucks by; Instagram photo app created by
Assembly line innovation
ATMs innovation
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Bad ideas: exercise for coming up with; how Hasbro created a success out of a; how they can lead to good ideas; learning by looking at bad examples and. See also Accidents; Failure
Balance Specialty with Generality practice, Be a Dilettante
Balance Specialty with Generality practices: Be T-Shaped; Branch Out; issues to consider for; Pair Up with an Expert
Bardeen, John
Be a Beginner practices: Do Something for the First Time; Plan on Fun; Start a New Hobby
Be a Dilettante technique
Be Specific technique: connecting four dots exercise; list as many white things as you can exercise; for showing how creativity is enhanced by constraints
Be the Devil's Advocate technique
Be T-Shaped technique
Become More Aware technique
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Beginning: listing fun activities you'd like to start; a new hobby; returning to your childlike state of; something new that you've never done before; techniques for returning to your
Bell, Joshua
Bergman, Ingmar
Bieber, Justin
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Blacksmithing class (The Crucible arts center, Oakland)
Blume, Judy
Boyle, Dennis
Bradbury, Ray
Brain: how what the eye sees is impacted by the; Perkins' study of “noticing” abilities of artists,’; similarities of waking and sleeping; three exercises to self-assess “noticing” ability by your
Brainstorming: generating ideas through; IDEO's use of
Branch Out technique
Branson, Richard
Break It Down technique
Bridgman, Percy
A Brief History of Time (Hawking)
Brown, Tim
Bug fixing. See Find the Bug
Build It practices: Construct It; Try Quick and Dirty; Visit a Craft Store
burbn app
Burgess, Lowry
Burns, Ken
Bushnell, Nolan
Calligraphy knowledge
Cameron, Julia
Card trick tutorials (Expert Village channel, YouTube)
Carey, Drew
Carnegie Mellon
Carver, Raymond
Cat problem: description of the; Map Your Idea
Catholic Church canonization process
Challenge Your Assumptions technique
Challenge Yourself technique
Challenges: job-related problems and; some examples of common life; technical types of professional
Change: creativity by switching your perspective; looking for new patterns for new perspective and; zig zag creativity as process of constant evolution and
Chaplin, Charlie
Chart the Flow technique
Chartier, Émile-Auguste
Chase, William