Resources & References

Resources & References


Stimulating Ideas

While in search for ideas that stimulate and help to build futures, here are some favorite lines and sources that continually weave their way in workshops and projects.

  • Artful Orators: Advanced toastmasters blog. “To improve our skills as a speaker, we each need a platform where we can experiment and receive in-depth feedback” http://artfulorators.wordpress.com/

 

  • A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink. “The era of “left brain” dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which “right brain” qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate.” www.danpink.com/books/whole-new-mind

 

  • Brain Pickings is Maria Popova’s labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why.  “A sensitive record about becoming a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.” www.brainpickings.org

 

  • Co-Create: FastCompany’s blog on Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce. “Exploration of creativity in the converging worlds of branding, entertainment, and tech… go behind the work and get into the guts of creativity--exploring the creative process and the bigger issues around how people, companies, and industries are making creative ideas happen.” http://www.fastcocreate.com/

 

  • Design Thinking: Thoughts by Tim Brown. “The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovations come from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realized as new offerings and capabilities.” http://designthinking.ideo.com/

 

  • Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers, Dave Gray. “It’s easy to leave creativity to the creative types, and say to yourself “I’m just not a creative person.” The fact is in a more complex, competitive knowledge economy, it’s no longer acceptable to take this position. If you are a knowledge worker, you must become, to some degree creative.” www.gamestorming.com/

 

 

 

 

  • Resonate, Nancy Durante. “The nexus of almost every movement and high-stakes decision relies on the spoken word to get traction, and presentations are a powerful platform to persuade.” www.duarte.com/book/resonate/

 

  • Small Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, Peter Sims. “Creators use experimental, iterative, trial-and-error approaches to gradually build up to breakthroughs” http://petersims.com/book/

 

 

  • The Moth: True Stories Told Live. “The Moth is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it.” www.themoth.org/

 

 

  • The Ten Faces of Innovation, Tom Kelly. “Our techniques may seem out of the ordinary, but the results are often extraordinary” www.tenfacesofinnovation.com

 

  • The World Café, Brown, Isaacs, et al. “The best part of a conference is often the coffee break. What if we could have the energy and dialogue of the break, all the time?” www.theworldcafe.com

 

 

  • Open Space Technology, Harrison Owen. ”The "magic" is not Open Space Technology, but rather the force that underlies it -- the power of self organization.” www.openspaceworld.com/

 

  • Planet Money. “Imagine you could call up a friend and say, ‘Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy.’ Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.” That's the Planet Money podcast. www.npr.org/blogs/money/

 

  • World Book Club: From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel. This monthly programme, presented by Harriett Gilbert, includes questions from BBC World Service listeners. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/wbc

 

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