Tag Archives: intersecting processes

Critical thinking, Creative thinking & Gender

A. Consider this schema that I used to discuss the idea of creativity in context:
It is clearly complex: Many strands, many cross-connections, many things going on in addition to the focal outcome. Continue reading

Creativity, curiosity, reflection within a frame of “engaging with distributed complexity”

My pulling-together-the-pieces form of curiosity  led me to assemble schemas from past work and try to integrate them in a coherent account.  Rather than wait till I had time to write and revise the ideas, I speak about them in this 34-minute video podcast:

A manifesto of creative thinking

A google hangout recording of my presentation on a creative thinking manifesto with an attempt to apply Ben Schwendener’s theme of vertical unity as a basis for improvisation or horizontal changes: audio, visual aids

On the Creative Thinking manifesto project: http://cct.wikispaces.com/CEDec13
On the 4Rs: http://wp.me/p1gwfa-og
On Probe-Connect-etc.: http://wp.me/p1gwfa-og
On vertical unity and horizontal changes: http://wp.me/p1gwfa-mz
On the “mandala”: http://www.faculty.umb.edu/pjt/MakingSpace.html

Connecting the study of creative thinking to an exploration of scaffolding and story-telling

I am thinking about the way that creative thinking involves a tension between the individual and community or the individual and “distributed” complexity.   Let me elaborate.

The individual has a sense of self, an identity, aspirations or goals, and a will to choose among goals and move towards them.  The individual achieves some goals and then has greater capacity skills to keep moving and developing.  The individual has setbacks and revises goals.  The individual seeks resources and support from outside themself; these can be key for how far and in what directions the individual’s movement and development happens.  And so on. Continue reading

Life events and difficulties research: An analogy that illuminates an idea of creativity distributed across intersecting strands of a person-in-context

Reframing how we think about helping people to think that everyone can think creatively:

An analogy that illuminates a conceptualization of creativity as distributed across intersecting strands of a person-in-context


There are many sets of tools that are offered to help people be creative in the sense of coming up with novel and useable ideas, whether those tools and ideas are meant for a specific domain only or more generally (see, e.g., Plsek 1997 for an entry point).  This contribution seeks to shift the emphasis in two ways: 1) from the tools to how tools get applied or self-applied into a more integrated picture of people in their contexts; and 2) from distinct products—the novel and useable ideas—to an orientation to work and life that it is impossible to simply continue along previous lines. Continue reading

Design for living complexities, a course in development

Extracted from http://cct.wikispaces.com/design, a wikipage that invites reader input
Design is about intentionality in construction,
which involves

  • a range of materials,
  • a sequence of steps, and
  • principles that inform the choice of material and the steps.

Design always involves putting people as well as materials into place,
which may happen by

  • working with the known properties of the people and materials,
  • trying out new arrangements, or
  • working around their constraints (at least temporarily).

Critical thinking involves understanding ideas and practices better when we examine them in relation to alternatives. Continue reading