Author Archives: Paul Reali

Google and Creativity?

Fast Company’s website has posted a nice video that steps inside the Google Garage, a collaborative workspace that they say boosts creativity. There is ample evidence that workspace design can contribute to creative thinking and creative collaboration. Google is also famous for allowing its engineers 20 percent of their time to work on projects of […]

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Creativity is Messy

Picture these scenes: a whiteboard wall covered with Post-it notes, scribbles, and sketches; a workshop table with a dozen different prototypes made of clay, paper, and found objects; a recycle bin filled with balled up paper. Creativity is messy. The mythology of creativity includes this image: the answer arriving in one’s mind, fully formed and […]

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On Not Writing

Stephen King wrote a terrific book for writers called On Writing. I’ve been thinking this week about the act of not writing. As a writer myself, I am ever interested in other writers. We can have have long discussions about what we write, and how we write, and where we publish, and how we get […]

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Recommendation: Objectified

Worth a watch: Gary Hustwit’s 2009 documentary Objectified is “about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them…[those] who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.” Favorite quote: “Remove, remove, remove.” (Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec) Website: http://www.objectifiedfilm.com. Available currently […]

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The Cure for Creative Blocks

The poet William Stafford, responding to a question about how he manages to be so prolific, is reported to have said: “Every day I get up and look out the window, and something occurs to me, something always occurs to me. And if it doesn’t, I just lower my standards.” This concept — “lower your standards” […]

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Learning Lessons from Lin

While fans are falling over each other trying to jump on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon, writers are likewise stumbling about trying to explain how the NBA phenomenon was overlooked for so long and by so many. The primary conclusion being drawn, it seems, is that this is an example of ethnic blindness or stereotyping, that […]

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The Kodak bankruptcy, brought to you by…Kodak

All nuance considered, the Kodak empire was built on film. The company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization has no one cause, but if there was one primary driver, it was the rise of digital photography and the end of film, and Kodak’s inability to adapt to that change. Here’s the part of the story you probably […]

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Majority of American Workers Not Engaged in Their Jobs

Much of the time, creativity is a team sport. One essential aspect of team creative performance is the climate in which the team works. The climate affects the level of engagement people have in their work, and I would posit that — since creativity is a decision — that a worker must be engaged in […]

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Everyone gets the tattoo they deserve

The title of this post comes from an episode of “The X-Files,” and it illustrates how some creative products perfectly fit the time in which they were created. Howard Gardner (among others) would, I think, argue that this must be true. If a new product (or service, or theory, or what have you) is to […]

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The Seventh Imperative: Go

Ideas are cheap. Plentiful. Less than a dime a dozen. Ideas are not creativity. Novel solutions, crafted from ideas, make up creativity. What is the difference between having an idea and having a solution? The hard work of actually doing something. From Poke the Box, by Seth Godin: The first imperative is to be aware—aware of the […]

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