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Latest Productions

March, 2016

  • 16 March

    [PODCAST] #419: The Creative Pursuit – Inspiration, With Julia Tourianski

    #SSPCreate Julia Tourianski is back to address the following questions: -Have you always wanted to do what you are doing? If not, what made you decide to start? -What is your favorite creation? -What/who inspires you? -How have the life events you have experienced influenced your creative style and ability? -Do you believe that each person has the capacity to be creative? Bumper Music: Amy Winehouse - "You're Wondering Now" Look Closer: Brave the World Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. ...

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  • 13 March

    [PODCAST] #418: The Creative Pursuit – Seven Practices To Promote Divergent Thinking

    #SSPCreate As a follow-up to the last show, I discuss some strategies I have been using more regularly in the last few months to encourage different thinking. Covered: - Osborn's Model Reviewed: 1. Orientation: pointing up the problem (STEP 1, PART 1) 2. Preparation: gathering pertinent data (STEP 1, PART 2) 3. Analysis: breaking down the relevant material (STEP 2, PART 1) 4. Ideation: piling up alternatives by way of ideas (STEP 2, PART 2) 5. Incubation: letting up, to invite illumination - added 6. Synthesis: putting the pieces together (STEP 3, PART 1) 7. Evaluation: judging the resulting ideas (STEP 3, PART 2) - Set the right conditions: (1) remove deadline pressure if possible, accept and embrace failure - ...

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  • 11 March

    [PODCAST] #417: The Creative Pursuit – Introduction, Definitions and Useful Models

    #SSPCreate In this introduction to March's theme, I discuss the problems I am aiming to address, a brief history of creativity as a concept, what creativity is, and three helpful models for self-evaluation and conscious improvement. Covered: - Am I out of ideas? - Creativity is relatively new in human history - "The Art of Thought" - A Pioneering Model of the Four Stages of Creativity, from a Fabian Socialist named Graham Wallas (1926) - Ad man James Webb Young's "A Technique for Producing Ideas" (1939) - Ad man Alex Osborn's "Creative Problem-Solving Process" (1953) - Let's not forget about Sir Ken Robinson Bumper Music: Electric Guest - "This Head I Hold" Look Closer: 6 Obstacles to Creative Thinking and ...

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