I Don’t Have a Creative Bone In My Body In the summer of 1953, the Korean War ended in a stalemate. The United Nations signed an armistice, and with it came a tenuous peace. Europe, Asia, and the Soviet Union were rebuilding and modernizing their cities and industries. In the United States, the baby boom was redefining family living. From New Jersey to San Francisco, suburban communities were fulfilling the American dream of owning a home. With the baby boom came the consumer boom. Automobiles, televisions, kitchen appliances, and thousands of other consumer goods were in world- wide demand.   U. S. import and export trade was flourishing. However, The Soviet Union and the United States were now embroiled in a costly philosophical conflict called cold war. Billions of dollars and roubles were being spent on defence. The United States was experiencing a manufacturing boom. We were one of few industrial nations left unscathed by the ravages of a world war. Other were still digging themselves out from under the rubble and debts of World War II. The United States had no real competition in the world market for goods and services. American industrialists and government leaders were confident in our technological and scientific leads. No one else could match our pace of innovation and development. Then, in 1957, a seemingly backward and unsophisticated country did something that no one expected.  Where horses were still a major form of transportation, citizens of the Soviet Union were celebrating one of the biggest twentieth century technology coups the world had ever seen -- the launching of a tiny metal sphere into space. The Russians had successfully orbited a satellite they called Sputnik. In doing so, they had changed the political and technological landscape of the world. Nations around the world were astounded by the Soviet’s achievement. Sputnik shook the very foundation of our federal establishment. President Eisenhower demanded to know why we, with 10,000 of our best and brightest working in the aerospace industry, were outdone by the Soviet Union. After a nationwide study of our schools and industries, scientists, engineers and educators came to the same surprising conclusion. The Russians had beaten us with something we over-confidently believed was solely our domain, creativity. It is now more than 50 years since the first man-made satellite orbited our globe. Since Sputnik, the world has been going through a digital and fiscal revolution. As a result, the United States no longer is the world leader in manufacturing and technology. No longer is our stock market the only financial market that matters. No longer can we boast that our schools are graduating the best and the brightest. A global economy has leveled the playing field for industrialists, political leaders, and educators everywhere. No one has the corner on any one market. Automobiles are being manufactured and exported by 10 countries. India and China are graduating more engineers and scientists than the United States. North Korea and Iran are gate-crashing a very exclusive nuclear community. China is manufacturing its first indigenously designed central processing unit, or CPU. Because of it, Microsoft, and other chip manufacturers may soon be facing a paradigm shift in computer marketing and sales. World competition in business and industry is so keen that forward thinking CEOs again are placing emphasis on something that changed the world over 50 years ago -- creativity. One CEO of a Japanese electronics firm considers creativity the only viable product for the 21st century. Without it, he believes, no company can remain competitive and profitable. Creativity is back in vogue. The tallest building, the fastest growing economy, and the biggest ex- porter are no longer located in the western hemisphere. Tools and expertise can be acquired anywhere in the world. What will make the difference between a successful business and a failed one will be how companies use these tools and expertise in new and creative ways. I have been studying creativity in our homes, schools and businesses since 1966 and believe it’s the most important but most often missed element in our school curricula and business plans.
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Progressions are a favorite form of brain teasers for math teachers to give their students. For two weeks, I posted the progression featured below on the wall of a CIA office of engineers and scientists. The prize for the solution, a bottle of Jack Daniels bourbon, went unclaimed. Second-graders have solved this problem more often than college graduates. Care to try?
OTTF  FSSE  NTET  TFFS  _ _ _ _
What are the next four letters?
SET-UP: In a very dark closet hang five hats; three red and two blue.  Tom, Dick, and Harriett each enter the closet, fum- ble in the darkness for a hat, and place it on his or her head. They then enter a well lit room and sit at a table, facing each other.  No one can see their own hat.
Tom, looking at Dick and Harriett, says, “I don’t know what color hat I have on.” Dick, looking at Tom and Harriett, says, “I don’t know what color hat I have on, either.”   Harriett, without hesitation, confidently says, “I know the color of my hat.”
PROBLEM: What color is Harriett’s hat, and how does she know? HINT: If you ever have played the game Clue, you already know one method for solving this problem. Oh, by the way, Harriett is completely blind!
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ARCHIMEDES “Give me where to stand, and I will move the earth.” MARIE CURIE “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE “Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.” JACOB BRONOWSKI “It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.” RAY BRADBURY “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscience is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” NIKOLA TESLA “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
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I find most employees in visual arts and design have little trouble thinking outside the proverbial box. Paradoxically, problems usually arise when these same creative people try thinking inside the box -- what I call, the box of reality. Some people believe the origin of the phrase “thinking outside the box” can be traced to the nine-dot puzzle. The dots create a box pattern, often making people think they cannot draw outside this “box” to solve the puzzle. However, one soon discovers that drawing “outside the box” is necessary for a solution. It is important for artists in the world of commercial art and design to think outside the box, but it is as important for them to think inside the box, if the job is to be completed. Whether we are artists, parents, teachers, students, or business owners, we all live in a world of “boxes” -- perimeters that force us to realistically plan and execute our work. If we cannot make budget, meet deadlines, and keep the clients happy, then we could end up becoming some of the most creative people on earth without jobs. The box of reality is always there, and we are always in it. So, if we do not accept the fact that every project or assignment comes packaged with limitations and conditions, we may be creative but never achieve success.
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