3 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Entrepreneural Creativity

3 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity

As an entrepreneur, your job is to be one step ahead of the market, always ready with the next big idea. Whether you want to design a new product or disrupt a market, you need to be able to come up with creative solutions for problems of everyday life.

Creativity often eludes us because we’re accustomed to certain norms. “We’re highly socialized and have fixed assumptions about what the world looks like,” says Barry Staw, an organizational behaviorist at University of California, Berkeley. “You have to try to envision another world.”

To do that, Staw suggests a series of exercises, all designed to help you consider a wider range of options as you brainstorm.

Canton Jones, Lecrae, Da T.R.U.T.H. 2012 Stellar Awards Full Performance

1. Canton Jones opens with the song G.O.D.

2. Lecrae raps the last verse to Just Like You

3. Da T.R.U.T.H. raps the first ans second verse to Without GOD

4. All three finish with a New collaboration version of the song Awesome GOD

The Short Measure

The late Jerry Clower, a teller of funny stories, related a hilarious tale about the lady who went into an old-fashioned butcher shop. She said to the proprietor behind the refrigerated meat case, “I would like a 3½ pound frying chicken.” It was near the end of the day, and as the butcher reached down behind the counter into the chest full of ice that had contained the poultry, he found there was only one left. He plopped the chicken on the scale, and it weighed a little less than 3½ pounds. The customer said, “Well, I’d like one that is a little larger.” With that, the butcher put the chicken back in the ice chest, swished it around to fill the body cavity with ice, then plopped the bird again on the scale.  It now weighed 4 pounds.  “Oh, good!” the lady exclaimed, “I’ll take both of them!”

Finding the Courage to Start a Business

October 15, 2012 | l

Gurbaksh Chahal

When planning a business, what is the best way to get over the fear of the unknown?

Fear is your worst enemy – risk is your best friend. The best thing about the unknown is the meaning itself: If success were guaranteed, the journey wouldn’t be the same. And the journey is actually what inspires and shapes us to understand that success isn’t supposed to be easy, it’s supposed to be worth it.

Introducing Grace | The Recreation Project

via Introducing Grace | The Recreation Project.

I moved to Gulu in January and almost immediately started hearing rumour of a climbing wall. Being a keen climber and general outdoor adventure-nut, I had to investigate. This is how I found The Recreation Project.
My first impression was one of amazement that someone had even thought to build an outdoor activity centre in a developing country, in a former conflict zone. With a background in youth work, outdoor education and mental health, I understand and have witnessed the benefits of adventure-based therapy first-hand back home in New Zealand. What I didn’t expect was to meet people with the vision and drive to use this tool to work with war-affected youth in northern Uganda. My first reaction was to ask when I could climb on their wall!

Preaching on Racism

October 12, 2012, Joe McKeever

We all have our blind spots. Yours is a little more obvious to the rest of us than it is to you. Mine is so much a part of me, I might need your assistance to find it.

“Well, one thing I know–I’m not a racist.”

No one automatically thinks of themselves as in bondage to prejudice. Not even the fiercest member of the most radical white-supremacy group would admit to such. No, he’s just fully aware of the differences in people, he would probably say, and proud of his own identity.

Since racism wears so many disguises, all of them attractive and comfortable–just being who we are, authentically human, our true nature, and “I’m no hypocrite!”–we may require an outside source to call our attention to this alien force which can poison our relationships, betray our commitments, and abandon those looking to us as Christ-figures.

I once preached on racism to the largest church in the state, a congregation without a single minority member, and some of whose leaders were known as staunch defenders of segregation.  It will not surprise you to know I was very young at the time. (Translation: bold, daring, and somewhat foolhardy.)

Scott Weaver’s Rolling through the Bay

Scott Weaver’s amazing piece, made with over 100,000 toothpicks over the course of 35 years, is a depiction of San Francisco, with multiple ball runs that allow you to go on “tours” of different parts of the city. It will be on display in the Tinkering Studio until June 19th!

http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu

via Scott Weaver’s Rolling through the Bay on Vimeo.

Time-Lapse of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Journey Through Los Angeles

October 18, 2012, Michael Zhang

If you’ve been following the news over the past week, you probably know that the Space Shuttle Endeavour spent October 11-14 rolling through the streets of Los Angeles, going from the Los Angeles International Airport to its new home at the California Science Center. News crews and large camera-wielding crowds were constantly by the shuttle’s side, documenting its progress.

For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to personally witness the neat sight of the giant shuttle moving through the city, check out the beautifully-made time-lapse video above that shows the four-day journey in under three minutes.

Soldering is Easy – comic | Raspberry Pi

 

We’re in Reykjavík this week, and met up on our arrival with some of the guys from HakkavéIin (The Hack Machine), who spent the evening demonstrating just how great Icelanders are. Board games in an independent cinema foyer, very large langoustines, microbrew and debates about the command line: what could be better?

I spent a lot of the evening talking to the most excellent Andie Nordgren. Andie is a technical producer at CCP games, and she’s also one of the team behind a very handy instructional comic about soldering. Click the image to download a pdf of the whole seven pages. It’s a great visual reference and a cool thing to put on the wall; you can also use it as an educational tool, encouraging kids to colour in resistors…and to do some soldering. Thanks Andie!

via Soldering is Easy – comic | Raspberry Pi.

TXTR Unveils 5 Inches eReader – Beagle

October 11, 2012, Mark Collins

(GSM Insider) – German manufacturer TXTR unveils the eReader which is the world cheapest eReader and world smallest eReader – Beagle. The price of TXTR Beagle is only at as low as €10. Trust me. Only 10 EUROS.

TXTR Beagle comes with a 5 inches display with 800 x 600 E-Ink Resolution. The thickness not more than 5mm and the weight is 128g. There are no microUSB port or HDMI port. So is it no need to charge? Yes. No charging required of TXTR Beagle. It powered by three AAA size battery. The three AAA size battery able to provide standby time up to 365 days.

TXTR Beagle has 4GB of ROM storage. With the price of only 10 EUROS, it has no 3G connectivity. So it has no relationship with any other carriers in Germany. It still remains unknown on the launch date of TXTR Beagle. TXTR set to release this eReader in America, Asia and Europe. Lets welcome another cheap gadget to the market.

So, who’s hiring in the UK this October?

Good signs from the jobs market: There was a fall in unemployment, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The latest Report on Jobs by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG also shows an increase in temporary staff billings for the first time in nine months. Staff availability rose at a slower pace, which is also a good sign because it means fewer people are being laid off.

Demand for staff from private sector employers rose further, with the stronger rate of expansion signalled for short-term employees. Data showed that healthcare workers were the most sought-after type of employee.

The following companies are hiring this month:

ArtPrize 2012 – Adonna Khare – Elephants

“This awesome mural, entitled Elephants, is an astonishing and enormous piece created by artist Adonna Khare using only carbon pencil. After more than 47,000 voters cast 412,560 votes, Elephants was recently pronounced the winning piece of ArtPrize 2012. Adonna Khare, who is also an elementary school art teacher turned stay-at-home mom, took home the $200,000 grand prize.” -via brusha.net

Felix Baumgartner’s Skydive from Space

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Felix Baumgartner Space Jump GIF
Felix Baumgartner successfully jumped from 127,900 feet Sunday — breaking the record for the highest altitude skydive in the process.But what would an epic jump be without an epic GIF? Thus, we bring you Baumgartner’s jump, in GIF form.

via Felix Baumgartner’s GIF from Space.