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
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.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this talk, Vihar Desu shares his vision for a modernized education that stimulates and encourages lateral thinking and ingenuity. From dull, classroom lectures to rigid assessment structures, he explores the impact of an antiquated education model on students living in the new, technology-driven Information Age. His talk offers three fascinating ideas that reflect the importance of Divergent Thinking in 21st century education. Vihar Desu '15 is passionate about the roles of creativity and innovation in business and education models. After developing his own iPhone App, myWords SAT Vocabulary, he recognized the value of personal ambition, hands-on learning and creativity in one's educational experience. In this talk, Vihar shares his vision for a modernized education that stimulates and encourages lateral thinking and ingenuity. From dull, classroom lectures to rigid assessment structures, he explores the impact of an antiquated education model on students living in the new, technology-driven Information Age. His talk offers three fascinating ideas that reflect the importance of Divergent Thinking in 21st century education. About TEDx, x = independently organized event 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)
Take a madcap journey into the thought processes of unusual thinker Gabriel Marrero, and discover how the most unconnected thoughts can become logical ideas. 23 years old Graphic Designer Gabriel Marrero is from Tenerife, Spain. As a child Marrero was always imaginative and creative and it became a habit he never stopped. Marrero is a naturally creative spirit, uninhibited by outside pressures. This allows him to communicate his idea in a effective and unusual way. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx