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CREATIVE THINKING

What is creative thinking?

Creative thinking is the ability to approach problems and challenges in a unique and innovative way. It involves thinking outside the box, generating new ideas and finding unconventional solutions. Creative thinking can be applied to various aspects of life, including problem-solving, decision-making and even artistic endeavors. It often involves breaking free from traditional thinking patterns and exploring different perspectives. By embracing creativity, we can open up new possibilities and find new approaches to solving problems.

Different kinds of Creative Thinking

Creative thinking can take many forms, as it is a process that encourages original and imaginative thinking. Here are just a few examples of creative thinking:

  1. Divergent thinking: This is the ability to generate many different ideas from a single question or problem.
  2. Convergent thinking: The ability to find a single, effective solution to a specific problem.
  3. Lateral thinking: the ability to find creative solutions by exploring unconventional concepts and perspectives.
  4. Critical thinking: The ability to objectively evaluate proposed ideas and solutions, using reasoning and logical criteria.
  5. Intuitive thinking: The ability to make decisions based on impressions or feelings, rather than on rational analysis.
  6. Creative thinking in the arts: This encompasses all forms of artistic expression, such as painting, music, writing, dance and so on.

It’s important to cultivate these different forms of creative thinking to develop our capacity for innovation and creative problem-solving.

The importance of creative thinking

A late entry in the dictionary, creativity has attracted growing interest over the past thirty years. Texts from various international institutions (OECD, European Commission, European Parliament, for example) present it as a cross-cutting skill enabling the development of the innovation needed to meet the urgent challenges facing the contemporary world.

Creativity, which is generally considered to be the preserve of the arts and culture, is also at play in science and technology. Perceived as innate and based on spontaneity and freedom, it nevertheless develops and is linked to reflexivity and constraints. It is most often associated with great discoveries and inventions, although it is involved to a greater or lesser extent in all areas of life. This is particularly true of all effective learning situations, above all those that enable students to play an active role in their own learning by showing initiative and imagination.

Creative Thinking – Definition, Importance and Techniques

Let’s begin with answering the critical question: What in fact is creative thinking?

Creative thinking is the ability to use your imagination and lead your mind to think outside of the box. It is a unique approach that bears fruit such as life-changing ideas and unconventional solutions that couldn’t be generated without escaping from traditional thinking patterns. Creative thinking can be applied to the situations that tend to cause trouble to a lot of people such as making important decisions, solving critical problems or breaking artistic stagnation.

But why is creative thinking so important?

Creative thinking leads to the exploration of perspectives that in other cases we would never think of and because of that it opens a palette of new possibilities and chances. Thinking outside of the box encourages us to challenge social stereotypes and our own assumptions and may even tell us something new about ourselves and our habits in terms of coping with difficult situations. Additionally, being a creative thinker makes us stand out on the job market, which is validated by the fact that in 2020 creativity has been acknowledged as the most in-demand soft skill by LinkedIn. In the long run, creative thinking stimulates our brain to work harder so that it allows us to stay mentally sharp and quick-witted even when our physical body is slowly getting older.

What are two easy-to-apply techniques of creative thinking?

Reframing – is an approach that requires reconceptualization of a problem by looking at it from various perspectives. Reframing means changing perception of the given problem and reinterpreting it in new ways. To make reframing easier we have come up with a list of questions that you can ask yourself when you feel as if you have came up a wall while solving a problem:

  • How do other people involved perceive this problem?
  • What are the positive sides of this situation? Can I learn something from that?
  • How would my role model act if they were in my shoes?
  • What will I do when I solve this problem? Can I already start doing those things?

Insight – it is a technique that enables you to reach a creative breakthrough by following five simple steps.

Phase One: The process starts ordinarily with gathering all necessary information and accessible knowledge regarding the problem in question.

Phase Two: The second step is analysing results of our thorough research, combining various components together and generally putting yourself through the hoops in order to come up with a decent, applicable solution.

Phase Three: Subsequently, what comes after that is a phase called incubation which means making your conscious-self rest and drawing your attention to other engaging activities such as a movie or a boarding game while your mind is doing a titanic work behind the curtains.

Phase Four: At this stage there are two possibilities that may occur. The first one is that you experience a so-called Eureka Moment which means that the idea comes to you suddenly out of nowhere! The second possibility is that although you didn’t have the pleasure of experiencing this wonderful breakthrough, you have a fresh, rested mind which allows you to come back to the problem and approach it from a slightly different perspective which should end up in reaching a convenient solution in no time.

Phase Five: The last but definitely not the least step is exploring the idea/solution further, working on it and finally, putting it to real life!

The role of Creativity

What is creativity?

Creativity is the ability to generate original ideas, concepts and solutions that are both novel and valuable. It involves thinking divergently, breaking away from traditional patterns as well as approaching problems or situations in unique ways. Creativity is not limited to artistic expression; it can manifest in various fields such as science, technology, business, education.

Key aspects of creativity

Creativity flourishes when individuals engage with different aspects and elements (which are interconnected and often interdependent), allowing for the generation of innovative and valuable outcomes across various domains of human endeavor.
As key aspects of creativity, we can list the following ones:

  • Originality: This means making something completely new or different from what’s already around. It’s about doing things in a way that’s different or fresh, not following the usual way everyone else does;
  • Problem-solving: Creativity helps with solving problems by first seeing them, then thinking of different ways to fix them, and finally picking the best and most creative way to solve the problem;
  • Flexibility: Being open-minded and flexible is really important for creativity. It’s about being okay with new ideas that might not be common and being ready to think in different ways to find more creative solutions;
  • Expression: Creativity means showing thoughts, feelings, or ideas in ways that are not normal. This could be in art, writing, music, or even in how problems are solved, doing things in new ways;
  • Risk-taking: Being creative often means taking risks and trying things that might not be safe or usual. It’s about trying new ideas and being okay if they don’t work out because it’s a way to find new and cool things;
  • Critical Thinking: Creativity involves thinking hard about ideas by checking if they make sense, if they can work, and if they’re useful. It’s about thinking deeply about creative ideas to understand how good they are.

How to increase your creativity?

Being creative is like a skill you can get better at over time. If you keep trying new things and stay open to fresh ideas, your creativity can grow a lot.
How can you boost your creativity? Well, you can do things that make your imagination stronger. Here are some ways:

  • Make different experiences: Go to new places, meet different kinds of people, and learn about various cultures and arts. Seeing lots of different things helps you think in new and cool ways;
  • Relax and think: Sometimes, it’s good to relax your mind. You can do this by practicing things like meditation or just taking time to think quietly. This can help you come up with new ideas;
  • Work with others: Share your ideas with others and listen to what they think. When you work together, you can get lots of cool new ideas that you might not have thought of alone;
  • Have fun and take breaks: Don’t forget to have fun and take breaks from your work. Doing fun things can help your brain relax and come up with awesome new ideas.

Embracing flexibility: the key to success

What is flexibility?

Flexibility refers to the ability and willingness of a person to adapt to changes, new circumstances, or different work requirements. The concept of flexibility involves being open-minded and adaptable in terms of:

What is flexibility?

Flexibility refers to the ability and willingness of a person to adapt to changes, new circumstances, or different work requirements. The concept of flexibility involves being open-minded and adaptable in terms of:

  • Tasks and Roles: This means being okay with doing different jobs or responsibilities, not just the main one you have. It might mean doing new things or taking on extra jobs when they’re needed;
  • Work Schedule: Flexibility here means being able to change when you start and finish work. It could also mean working from home sometimes or having different hours;
  • Work Environment: This is about being okay with working in different places. It could be at home, in an office, or maybe in different places sometimes;
  • Adapting to Change: This is about being okay when things at work change. It’s good to be able to deal with changes and see them as opportunities to do something new or better;
  • Openness to New Ideas: Flexibility at work means being open to new ways of doing things or using new tools or ideas. It’s about being okay with changes or improvements that might come up.

Which are the advantages of being flexible?

Being flexible doesn’t mean always changing plans or compromising on your preferences. It’s about finding a balance that allows you to adapt when needed, making life more manageable, less stressful, and more fulfilling.
Flexibility in your daily life can bring numerous advantages and make things easier in various ways:

  • Better Adaptation: Being flexible helps you adjust to changes or unexpected situations more easily. It allows you to handle new or challenging circumstances without feeling too stressed or overwhelmed;
  • Improved well-being: Flexibility contributes to a more relaxed, adaptable and less rigid lifestyle, which can lead to better mental and emotional well-being. At the same time, flexibility can lower stress levels by making you more adaptable to different schedules or plans. It gives you the ability to adjust plans if things don’t go as expected;
  • Enhanced Problem-Solving: Flexibility enables you to approach problems with an open mind, considering various solutions or alternatives. This can lead to more creative problem-solving and better decision-making;
  • Improved Relationships: Being flexible in your interactions with others can strengthen relationships. It allows you to compromise, understand different perspectives, and accommodate the needs of friends, family, or colleagues;
  • Increased Opportunities: Embracing flexibility opens doors to new opportunities. It helps you explore different paths, try new experiences, and take advantage of unforeseen chances that might come your way;
  • Better Work-Life Balance: Flexibility in managing your daily schedule allows for a better balance between work, personal commitments, and leisure activities. It can give you more time for yourself and your loved ones;
  • Adaptive Learning: Being flexible in learning new skills or knowledge helps you adapt to changing environments or job requirements. It keeps your mind open to growth and continuous improvement.

If you are interested in the topic and would like to delve into the topic of creativeness, critical thinking, empathy, problem-solving and other critical soft competencies, feel free to check out our other articles and our social media accounts, where we also write about self-development. Sources:

Kick-off meeting in Poznan

KICK-OFF MEETING IN POZNAN, POLAND

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Creative Mindset official project 😉
Are you ready to start this adventure?

Today we are going to talk about the Kick-Off Meeting of the project, which was held in Poznan (Poland) during the period 10-11 May 2022.
The meeting has been an incredible opportunity to get to know the partners better, analyzing the tasks carried out so far by each one as well as organizing the various activities foreseen throughout all the project.

The main focus of the meeting has been the IO1 (Intellectual Output 1), which is related to the creation of a Handbook, to be used by youth trainers, youth workers, young leaders and educators in order to carry on training and workshops on creativity in the digital era. It will combine digital learning and enhancing creativity.
Partners reviewed all their chapters, providing feedback to each other on it. It has been a great chance to check the development of the IO1, also planning how to proceed in the next steps, to create the final version of it.

It has been a real pleasure to have the opportunity to spend these days together with all the project partners, also having the pleasure of discovering and exploring the beautiful city of Poznan (Poland).

Ready to discover the next steps of the project? Stay tuned 😉

TPM in Paris

Transnational Project Meeting in Paris (France)
20 to 22 of November 2022

The TPM (Transnational Project Meeting) held in Paris, France, from the 20th to the 22nd, served as a valuable occasion for all the project collaborators to thoroughly examine the first project outcome, the Handbook for youth trainers (to help them deliver digital and distance learning using creative techniques). This resource was crafted not only in English but also in the native languages of each partner involved.

During this meeting, the partners concurrently outlined various focus groups that would be arranged at a local level. These groups were seen as an opportunity to practically assess all the developed workshops that centered around agreed-upon topics. Since the Handbook was already accessible in English, the decision was made to translate all workshop scenarios in the coming weeks. This initiative aimed to ensure their availability for use during any local community activities.

Moreover, the partners capitalized on the meeting to chart the subsequent steps for implementing the project. They emphasized the importance of promoting the various outcomes through both online and offline dissemination activities.

Lastly, it was highlighted that the meeting provided an exceptional opportunity for the partners to bond and collaborate in the wonderful city of Paris, within the splendid country of France.

TPM in Lisbon

TPM in Lisbon (Portugal)
12-14 June 2023

It was an excellent opportunity to analyze different aspects of the project, as well as general feedback on the results developed at local and European level over the last few months.

As part of PR2 (Workshop scenarios), the partners agreed on how to proceed with the revision of the latest documents/workshops developed, in order to receive detailed feedback on the activities developed (internal – by the partners and external – by other subjects evaluators).

At the same time, it was possible to analyze the structure of the platform that will host all the different results of the project. The platform will be completed over the next few months and will be available before the LTTA in Paris (France); in this way the participants will be able to carry out a complete evaluation.

The partners also had the opportunity to spend time in the city of Lisbon, discovering all its beauty.

The next meeting will be the LTTA in Paris (France), in December 2023.

LTTA in Paris

LTTA in Paris (France)
6th to 8th of December 2023

The Learning, Teaching Training Activity (LTTA) of the project “Creative Mindset” occurred in Paris from December 6th to 8th, 2023. Participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss the current development of the project platform, where are going to be uploaded all the project results.

Participants gathered at Sample, a cultural hub situated on the outskirts of Paris that houses various local associations. The focus was on acquainting participants with the project’s e-learning platform. They were given a preview of the website and its diverse content, including a demonstration from the Polish partner “GlobalNet” to instruct them on its usage.

The next day was centered on fostering creativity. Participants convened at the Atelier des Lumières, a digital art center in Paris’ 11th arrondissement. This venue offers immersive exhibitions, where visitors explore digitized artworks accompanied by a corresponding sound environment, creating an immersive experience akin to being inside the paintings themselves. To delve into the project’s central theme of creativity and acquire novel creative techniques, participants engaged with the works of the renowned painter Chagall.

The conclusion of the LTTA prioritized inclusive teaching and learning approaches, both online and offline. A workshop on combating discrimination in teaching methods was tested by participants to underscore the importance of inclusivity.

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