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Creativity Workshop. Janet Wolstenholme & Fred Evers March 8 th 2007. Agenda. 1. Warm up - Name Anagram. 2. Challenge 1 - Brain Teasers. 3. Challenge 2 - Sell a Zork. 4. Discussion on Creativity. 5. Challenge 3 – Improv. Name Anagram. Ran. Train. Transition. Tan. On. Sit.

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Creativity Workshop

Janet Wolstenholme & Fred Evers

March 8th 2007

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1. Warm up - Name Anagram

2. Challenge 1 - Brain Teasers

3. Challenge 2 - Sell a Zork

4. Discussion on Creativity

5. Challenge 3 – Improv

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Name Anagram







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Brain Teasers

  • On handouts

  • In teams of 3 - 4

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Discussion Questions

  • How is it that we can sell a Zork even though we have never seen one before?

  • Is selling a Zork creative? Why or why not?

  • If you can sell a Zork, what else might you be able to do that you are not doing now?

  • How, if at all, might Zork-selling be relevant to creativity in your personal or professional life?

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10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

  • 1 - Look after yourselfSleep well/Eat well/meditate/do what you enjoy and do it more often (if it is life enhancing!). Creativity is reduced when your senses are dulled

  • 2 - Do something differentWe do so much on auto — the route we take to work, newspaper we read, TV programmes we routinely watch. Vary one element of your regular routine for a while. If feasible, take a different route to work, read a different newspaper (especially one you would never read!)

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10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

  • 3 - Be curious about your world around youIt is amazing when people don't see what's around them. See the area you live/work in as a tourist would. How would you explore it if you were a tourist?

  • 4 - Read a book on something you previously had no interest in. ...and see if you can create interest whilst reading it. No topic is boring or uninteresting if it is enthusiastically and creatively presented. You know what you like — or you like what you know?

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10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

  • 5 - Do something childlike once in a while...and you don't have to have the children there as an "excuse" to do it. Sit and play on swings/draw/paint "silly" pictures — have fun. Children are incredibly creative and as adults we could learn a lot about how they view the world

  • 6 - Create/prepare quiet time for yourself every dayNot to do anything (unless it relaxes you), but just to clear and refresh your mind. We are human beings, not doings. There are times when our crowded schedule and minds don't allow space and time for the creative to be welcomed in. Einstein liked to go sailing in the afternoons after working in the morning.Okay, most of us don't have this opportunity, but you get the point

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10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

  • 7 - Ask "what if" questionsJust for fun and see where the answers take you. What if that building could talk, what would it say, what stories would it tell?

  • 8 - We often make assumptions...about the people we work with (especially if we don't like them!) Try treating someone you don't particularly like at work as if you liked them. What would you say, how would you act towards them?

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10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

  • 9 - Write and storyboard your if it were a script you had to sell to a film company

  • 10 - Talk to people you routinely ignore or dismissImagine their lives from their point of view, they often have viewpoints which you may never have considered before and carry a small notebook with you to jot down new ideas / sensations / feelings as they come to mind

  • Do one, some or all of these and you’ll soon notice a rise in your creativity, personal development and self growth

  • Written by Julie Plenty - Website:

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  • In teams

Make a human sculpture

Make a human machine

with working parts

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Resources - Web

A puzzle site to keep your creative mind sharp!

The Daily Motivator’ site keeps you going on those days when you don’t feel like embracing the day with arms open wide. The site contains lots of ideas to keep your mind positive. You can also set up your email to receive a message everyday

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Resources - Books

Segal, Marci, Quick Guide to The Four Temperaments and Creativity: A Psychological Understanding of Innovation. California: Telos Publications. 2003

Epstein, Robert, The Big Book of Creativity Games: Quick, Fun Activities for Jumpstarting Innovation. Toronto: The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. 2000

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Next Week

  • Reminder

    • Beginning March 15th we will meet in section classrooms for the presentations