Month: August 2018

Innovative Thinking – Necessity & Invention – Blog 029

Necessity & Invention    Some say that necessity is the mother of invention.  Sometimes that’s true, but it’s not.  Sometimes… Invention is the mother of necessity. Take Steve Jobs and the Macintosh, the iPod, and the iPad.  Everybody seemed content with DOS (OMG!).  No one said “You know what would make using a computer even …

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Innovative Thinking – Electric Flowerpot – Blog 028

The Electric Flowerpot   At the turn of the twentieth century, Russian immigrant Akiba Horowitz (AKA Conrad Hubert), was working for Joshua Lionel Cowen selling electric fans and the Electric Flowerpot.  The electric Flowerpot was a flowerpot with a cylinder attached that contained a small bulb, two batteries, and a switch.  You would switch on …

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Innovative Thinking – Archimedes – Blog 024

Archimedes’ Eureka Moment   Archimedes was challenged by the King to help discover a possible theft.  The King had previously commissioned a goldsmith (jeweler), the create a beautiful crown of emeralds, rubies, and gold. Soon after, the goldsmith presented his beautiful crown to the king.  The king became suspicious of the goldsmith.  He thought “What …

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Innovative Thinking – Inspiration – Blog 023

Inspiration   Wayne Dwyer said in his March 8, 2004, PBS presentation of his “Power of Intention”: Inspiration or “inspire”, originally came from the words “In-Spirited” or the Greek root of “inspiritu”. The Greeks believed that when someone is truly “inspired” or “In-Spirited” that they are touched and gifted by the Gods with that idea, …

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Innovative Thinking – Creativity Calisthenics – Blog 022

The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest Blog (how about that name…), reported on interesting research that shows that shifting your eyes horizontally back and forth for 30 seconds can boost creativity. Apparently, it helps with communication between both hemispheres.  Remember that from before, The Stroop Effect? Ready… Set…  Go!   Lon Safko Serial Innovator, Keynote …

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