Saturday, September 4, 2010

Creativity in Stillness

Presentation Zen is a great blog and book on the new and improved presentation. Garr Reynolds's books and blog are a breath of fresh air when looking for solutions to presenting information in dynamic new ways. Here is Garr Reynold's Blog Post on A John Cleese video on it turns out, while our laptops and the constant hum of the universe can lead to ideas, Cleese suggests that slowing down is the key to being creative...He suggests we can generate creative ideas better by avoiding interruptions and being mindful of our mode of thinking. After all, the Kubla Khan was left unfinished because its' author, Samuel T. Coleridge, was interrupted during its' writing. As Cleese suggests, "We have to create boundaries of space and boundaries of time":
More from Presentation Zen (full article here):
There is some evidence that insights, for example, are best captured when we slow down, clear the noise and do not think about the problem at hand. In David Rock's book Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long, he says "Having insights involves hearing subtle signals and allowing loose connections to be made. This requires a quiet mind...." In a world that is always online and always connected, it's helpful to close your computer as much as possible. Remove the distractions. As Cleese says, "We don't know where we get our ideas from. We do know that we do not get them from our laptops."

No comments: