The Modern Skillset for Creative Problem Solving
Edited by Laura Jordan Bambach, Mark Earls, Daniele Fiandaca and Scott Morrison
“I’d rather have an economy built on ideas and creativity rather than routine” Kevin Kelly
We believe that we are about to enter a new Age of Creativity that will require a new set of super heroes to help the world thrive.
This book is aimed at making you one of those creative super heroes by helping you unlock and unleash your nascent creative super powers.
But before we do we need to find a way for you to remember what it was like to be a child. So go find a LEGO set and starting build off plan. Remember what it was like to be naturally creative (in the absence of a Lego set go to Youtube and watch the closing scene of the Lego movie - http://ht.ly/nDrw30288z5).
How do you feel? Did it remind you of a time when life did not get in the way and everything was possible? A time when your imagination would run rife and it was easy to imagine yourself as a super hero. What was your super power? Flying the at the speed of light, X-ray vision, invisibility or the ability to turn your brussel sprouts into ice cream.
This book is about unlocking many of the key traits lost during childhood (such a fearlessness and curiousity) as well as unlocking new powers to help you solve your biggest business problems.
We’ll uncover the four biggest super powers:
Hacking - how becoming a hacker helps you tackle problems in different ways.
Making - how ‘Making’ opens up new parts of the brain
Teaching – how teaching yourself and others consolidates experience in a fast-paced world
Thief – how looking to what already exists helps you solve your problems.
We have also pulled in some of the existing super heroes we admire who are already solving problems in new and interesting ways to help bring to life the four areas of ‘Hacking, Making, Teaching and Copying’, which we believe represent the modern skillset for creative problem solving.
But, that’s not all.
As David Eriksson explains, the best learning is by doing. So we conclude this book with a set of workshops to allow you to hone your new super powers.
We set out with the aim of writing the most relevant book in the world right now for creative problem solvers across all industries. We hope that you can help us create a new set of super heroes who are going to help build better business and cultures. As Construction Guy says to Mr Business: “You are the most talented, most interesting and the most extraordinary person in the Universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the special”.
So avengers - go hack, make, teach and copy. Let’s make everything awesome.
Introduction to Thief
“The English, The English, The English are best” - Flanders and Swann
The English are a curious breed. Two millennia ago, the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius encouraged readers of his stoical meditations on life and leadership to remember their special status in the universe as Roman Citizens. The English still have a very similar view of themselves. Whether it’s the Old Etonian in a Notting Hill wine bar or the bedraggled England football fan who complains that “other countries don’t understand our drinking culture” there’s something about being English that thrives on a sense of superiority over others.
As a Welshman, born and bred, it’s not hard for me to acknowledge the many things of which the English are rightly proud (teaching the world sports and games that they can beat the English at is one such gift) and undoubtedly, English culture and the ideas of the English upper classes and creative gurus set the standard in many walks of life, in music, fashion and design, in all four corners of the globe. Despite - or perhaps because of - the nation’s refusal to learn to speak the language of other countries in anything but the most perfunctory manner.
Launch Date + Signing up for updates on our new website
Sunday, 25 March 2018
We are delighted to announce the official launch date of Creative Superpowers as........:
As supporters you should get a copy of the book at least a couple of weeks before that (fingers crossed). Our first reviews have been amazing and we are really looking forward to getting it into all our supporters' hands. Here are a couple of reviews to whet your appettite…
Look like a creative superhero
Monday, 4 December 2017
To celebrate the book going into final copy (basically the book is now fully written!), we are launching our final pledge before they close - a Creative Superpowers t-shirt bundle. As well as getting your hand on the book before anyone else, you can now dress as your very own creative superhero. We really love the illustrated pencil symbol designed by Allan Kwok for the book cover…
First chapters coming in
Thursday, 2 March 2017
Delighed to say that the first chapters are starting to come in. Well done Faris and Rosie Yakob for being the first to get theirs in. Their chapter is called "Same Same But Different: How Abstraction is The Key to Creativity" and talks us through their methodology of stealing (there is one).
Here is a snippet:
Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don…
The future of literacy
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
A couple of weeks ago we got to present the Creative Super Powers overview to an audience of over 200 people. I am delighted to say that the feedback was excellent and all bodes well for the book which is starting to take shape nicely.
Thanks and FAQs
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Happy New Year to all our supporters and a massive thanks for believing in us. We have always been super excited by the idea of writing a book about the new Creative Super Powers of Hacking, Making, Teaching and Thieving and it is lovely to hear that so many of you are just as excited about reading it. We have pulled together an amazing collection of contributors and we can’t wait to read their…
A Trip to the Zoo
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Creative Social spoke to Mark Earls, behavioural expert and creator of HERD. Read about it here, and what you can expect if you pledge to visit the zoo with him.
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