IdeaEcos Message Board › Summary of Nov 1, 2012: People Not Like Creative Problem Solving
Open Topic: People Don't Seen To Like Creative Problem Solving
Vic raised the assertion that people don't seem to like the
activity of Creative Problem Solving. He had a small business
several yrs ago named Ideation. He provided creative problem
solving using De Bono's techniques. 40+ cold-call interviews
with potential clients, didn't land a gig.
Vic postulates the division of creative activities into two camps:
1. Creators: artists, musicians, and the other
traditional creative arts and performers.
2. Creative Problem Solving - the rest of us that pursue
creativity through problem solving activities.
The topic shifted sideways into cities and having a sub-population
of what are known as "creatives" or the "creative-class" as an element
of a metropolis. Richard Florida has written several books on this
group of people. His general conclusion is that only those metros
who have such a sub-population will thrive and grow. Those without
this group will stagnate.
Vic and I touched on some of the municipal activities over the last
few years and generally agreed that the Twin Cities may be on its
way to stagnation due to a lack of support for the creative-class.
That's not to say there are not such people in our community(s).
Rather, as a metropolitan unit we do not promote our location
as a place the creatives should consider to live.
Our final shift across the multidimensional creative-activity
landscape was to the GBN Zone. The Global Business Network.
Vic recalled a 3-hr interview on CNN with Steven Johnson. He is the
author of "Where Good Ideas Come From" and is the inspiration for me
for starting and hosting IdeaEcos on MeetUp.com. Mr. Johnson has a new
book out entitled, Future Perfect.
A new component of our world economy is the Trust-Economy. It is the
economic activity grown through social media and based on one's
trust-reputation derived by one's performance in the social media
The assertion is that those with "trust" will be the movers-n-shakers
in this sub-zone of the economy. This component is considered to be
growing and will be significant as globalization continues or in Thomas
Friedman's terms: the world gets even flatter.
In conclusion, some questions worth considering are
1. If you do not actively seek out creative problem solving activities
regularly, why not?
2. What diminishes your enthusiasm for the creative problem solving
process or any of its activities?
3. In what ways do you participate in the trust-economy?
4. What are the activities or services can you provide to obtain
trust via social media?
5. What parts of our Twin Cities culture is inhabited by "the creatives"
6. Does any part of that community affect your life? How do you know?
Steven Johnson in "Good Ideas" says we all have half-ideas. They will
unfortunately remain only "half" unless we get out and engage with groups
and activities so many half-ideas can mingle. It is in the mingling that
half-ideas find each other and combine to be a full-idea ready for implementation.
So, in closing I... Thank-you for your half-ideas.
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