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I write regular articles about creativity and creative people here. This is where you can find my archive of pieces on other subjects as well

Don’t like the way this world works? Change it!

Creativity is so inherent to human beings it's often an unconscious reaction. Our mistake is to insist on focussing on art whenever anyone mentioned the word. The result of this denial is our highly industrial, technological and increasingly uniform world. Creativity...

Top 5 Factors That Lead To Resistance to Creativity

Along the path of my 25-year career as a self-employed creative, I have encountered a lot of resistance to creativity. When you consider we operate in a global economy centred on innovation: product updates and upgrades, new editions, new models, new technology… this...

Pavlov’s Creative Dog

Have you ever read Stephen King’s book, ‘On Writing’? You should read it. Even if you are not intending to write. It provides the best explosion of the myth of creativity I have ever read. Most people think creativity is magic. The picture people like Stephen King,...

Be Healthy: Be Creative

Be Healthy – Be Creative Of course, I would say this. Being creative and all, of course, I am going to claim it's healthy. Surprising truth is, medical science has proved it. It's a bit like what psychologists say about being yourself: trying to suppress your inherent...

Micro Manage Innovation To Death

We monitor a lot of things in the workplace: workplace occupancy, hours logged, results obtained, materials consumed etc etc etc. But how do you measure the quality of what you are outputting at work? Does ticking 300 boxes equal the same quality as brainstorming one...

The Ideas Economy and Information Age

Two of the most important concepts being thrown around dinner table and boardroom conversations at the moment are those of The Ideas Economy and The Information Age. Both presuppose some important shifts in how we as humans live and work. Both have a lot to do with...

Be The Change You Want To See

The irony of this statement is its frequent attribution to Gandhi when very little evidence exists to support this idea. It really more just sounds like something he would have said. But its apparent source is no less impressive: it appears to have originated with...

How Do YOU Solve Problems?

Problem-solving is the key skill you see in almost every recruitment advert on LinkedIn, no matter the industry, the discipline or the level of job advertised. It's also a key skill that most business profiles contain: I am a problem solver. But how do people solve...

Songwriting: An evolution in Creativity

I started writing songs with my long-term song-writing partner Julian Kievit in 1987. There have been long breaks in between and over all this time, the way we do it has changed as well. In the beginning, I would write a poem or three and Julian would pick one that he...