Anne Manning demonstrates the concepts of divergent and convergent thinking to inspire new ways to approach problem-solving with your team. Learn more about her two-day intensive program Creative Thinking: Innovative Solutions to Complex Challenges: http://www.dce.harvard.edu/professional/programs/creative-thinking-innovative-solutions-complex-challenges
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What is DIVERGENT THINKING? What does DIVERGENT THINKING mean? DIVERGENT THINKING meaning - DIVERGENT THINKING definition - DIVERGENT THINKING explanation. Divergent thinking is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. It is often used in conjunction with its cognitive colleague, convergent thinking, which follows a particular set of logical steps to arrive at one solution, which in some cases is a ‘correct’ solution. By contrast, divergent thinking typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing, 'non-linear' manner, such that many ideas are generated in an emergent cognitive fashion. Many possible solutions are explored in a short amount of time, and unexpected connections are drawn. After the process of divergent thinking has been completed, ideas and information are organized and structured using convergent thinking. The psychologist J.P. Guilford first coined the terms convergent thinking and divergent thinking in 1956. Developing one's divergent thinking skills is thought to enhance creativity. Creativity can be seen as an ability to retrieve and connect disparate concepts stored in long-term memory systems. Concepts are connected in our brains in 'semantic networks'. Psychologists have proposed that individual differences in creativity are due to differences in whether associative networks were 'steep' or 'flat'- those with 'flat' networks have numerous and loose conceptual connections, enabling them to be more creative. Those with 'steep' networks tend to have more logical, linear associations between nodes. Someone with a flat network quickly and creatively hops – node to node – something someone ‘linear’ in their thinking would struggle with. Psychologists have found that a high IQ alone does not guarantee creativity. Instead, personality traits that promote divergent thinking are more important. Divergent thinking is found among people with personality traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks, and persistence. Activities which promote divergent thinking include creating lists of questions, setting aside time for thinking and meditation, brainstorming, subject mapping, bubble mapping, keeping a journal, playing tabletop role-playing games, creating artwork, and free writing. In free writing, a person will focus on one particular topic and write non-stop about it for a short period of time, in a stream of consciousness fashion.
Bridging disciplines in analysing text as social and cultural data workshop (21-22 September, 2017) The potential benefits of using large-scale text data to study social and cultural phenomena is increasingly being recognized, but researchers are currently scattered across a range of often distinct research communities. However, many methodological challenges cut across research disciplines and require interdisciplinary synergies. This workshop aims to address the gap between research methodologies in NLP/ML and the humanities and the social sciences. More information here: https://dongpng.github.io/attached/
Receive a free maker challenge each Thursday by signing up at http://www.spencerauthor.com/challenge/ Transcript: So, here’s the deal . . . You get a stack of paper clips, some rubber bands, a marble, two sheets of paper, and three straws. Brainstorm all the things you can make with these items. Your brainstorm can be a list or a web. Go wild with this. There are no dumb ideas. Now analyze your ideas. Combine any that seem similar. Scratch out any that you want to abandon. Mash-up any unrelated ideas that might work well together. Finally, choose one main idea from the list and make a product with it. How will your product work? What problem might it solve? How will you make it? Who is the ideal audience? Now, make this a reality! Don’t forget to experiment and make tons of glorious mistakes. Each iteration takes you closer and closer to success.
Dave explores creative thinking and how it helps our everyday lives. Creative thinking can help when you want a day off work or when a family needs to all share one bathroom. He also reflects how thinking creatively has helped him on his journey of becoming an author. Dave Reynolds studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he completed his BA in Philosophy and English Language and Literature in 2006 in addition to completing his MPhil in Humanities in 2008. His graduate research focused on the cultural significance of superhero narratives. Presently Dave enjoys teaching courses in English at Memorial University and dabbles in a variety of writing projects. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)