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Want to get new ideas?  Set a quota.

Want to get new ideas? Set a quota.

How many ideas do you need to get a good one?   Do you have to come up with hundreds of ideas to get a breakthrough? It all depends on the kinds of ideas you want. If you want to find ways to improve the way you are currently doing business, you will need fewer ideas...

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Additional Resources


Creativity Videos, Podcast and other media

Innovation In Medicine
with Dr. Robert Gatewood hosted by Dr. Roger Firestien
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What is Creative Problem Solving?
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History of Creative Problem Solving by Dr. Roger FirestienHistory of Creative Problem Solving
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A Review of the Effectiveness of CPS Training: A Focus on Workplace Issues

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Using a Formula for Creativity to Yield Organizational Quality Improvement

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Creative Problem-Solving and Communication Behavior in Small Groups

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More Innovation Espresso ™

Video: Innovation in Agriculture with SK Herefords hosted by Dr. Roger Firestien

Creativity is desperately needed in agriculture. There’s too much of this of the wine cellar mentality always whining about complaining about too hot too cold out. No no no no. Stop the complaining. Let’s focus on solutions. Let’s be creative. That’s what makes things work. So, it could be used on every farm in this country.

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[Event] Creating your Future – 7pm Wed April 18

  Join Dr. Roger Firestien at St. Joseph University Parish on Wednesday, April 18th at 7pm for a free session on Creating Your Future by creating a vision for yourself and your family. The difference between the winners and the “also ran” are the visions and powerful...

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Proof Creativity Training Works: More Fun and More Productive

While pursuing my doctorate, I became very interested in the effects of Creative Problem Solving training on the communication behaviors that occur in small groups. In organizations, it is in the small group where new ideas are born and, in many cases, where new ideas die.

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Innovation In Medicine with Dr. Robert Gatewood

Meet Dr. Robert Gatewood. Robert is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo; author of more than 50 presentations and co-author of two books. Dr. Gatewood took one of my Creativity courses at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State.

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Innovation in the Church with Father Jack Ledwon hosted by Dr. Roger Firestien

Meet Father Jack Ledwon, Pastor at St. Joseph University Parish in Buffalo New York. Several years ago, my graduate students and I worked with St. Joseph University Parish to help them craft a vision for their future. We worked with the Parish leadership team and then conducted a series of town hall meetings with members of the congregation.

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Video: Innovation in Business with Erik Eustice

You have the answer, but you don’t know how to access the answer. You need to bring someone in from the outside who has a proven track record of solving these kinds of problems and then put in front of you a process a proven method that will walk you through so that you actually are the one coming up with the solutions–you’re developing the answers. But you are doing it an environment that actually guarantees that you are solving the right problem, not just a symptom, and generating really valuable ideas that you will actually implement.

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Want to get creative? Then practice.

Great sport teams practice. Great symphony orchestras practice. Fire departments practice. They practice so that when they must perform at peak effectiveness under extremely stressful conditions, they can execute extremely well.

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Don’t be a slug. Read weird stuff.

  A number of years ago, Dr. Donna Hamlin at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute did a study on the reading habits of scientists. She grouped the scientists into three categories. The first group was labeled “innovative”; these scientists exhibited the highest creative...

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VIDEO: DISRUPT HR – Buffalo New York – Roger Firestien

This program took the audience of the Disrupt HR community on a five-minute innovation “excursion” that was designed to help them come up with new ideas for solving a problem that was confronting them. Try it. Watch the video and take a five-minute creativity...

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Igniting Creativity Around the World

I was honored to be able to provide the voice-over for the 50th-anniversary celebration animation video for the International Center for Studies in Creativity that debuted at the Creativity Expert Exchange conference at SUNY Buffalo State, October 13-15. Watch this...

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Fort Collins Innovates

As a native Coloradan, it was my honor to deliver the keynote address and facilitate an innovation session for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado on September 28. The group generated thousands of ideas for dealing with issues of affordability and growth in Fort...

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The Power of the PPC

After you have generated lots of ideas and then selected the best ideas for solving a problem, how do you evaluate those ideas to build the idea instead of destroying it in the process of evaluation? The method that I have used for years, and invented with my...

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Watch out for Gunslingers when hiring an Innovation Consultant

An Innovation Consultant applies a process that is designed to help an organization increase its innovation output. Put another way, an Innovation Consultant helps you solve the toughest challenges facing your organization. So, what is innovation output? It depends on...

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Roles in a Creative Problem Solving Session

Clearly defined roles are one of the most important aspects when applying Creative Problem Solving in a group, just as clearly defined roles are essential for a rescue squad or a sports team. There are three essential roles for an effective CPS session: client, facilitator, and resource group.

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Announcing the Creativity Expert Exchange

The Creativity Expert Exchange (CEE) is an annual conference hosted by the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State. This year the conference will be held October 13-15. The CEE conference is a three- day gathering of professional...

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The 4 P’s of Creativity; or a working definition of Creativity

There have been many attempts to define creativity. In 1961, a researcher named Mel Rhodes set out to find the single unifying definition of creativity. He couldn’t do it, and that’s probably a good thing. Otherwise, we would continually judge ourselves against one...

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The Biggest Gambler in the World is… A Farmer.

I spent the first 22 years of my life on this land. It was the place where I learned to drive tractors and trucks, irrigate corn and spread manure for fertilizer.
What did you do when you were growing up that helped you to be creative now?

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Hanging Upside Down on My Medicine Ball

Where are you when you get your best ideas? I will bet you one-hundred dollars that you don’t get your best ideas at work. Michelle’s answer is: “Hanging Upside Down on My Medicine Ball”.

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Find Your Creative Space

If you want to be creative, you need to find your creative space. Have you ever walked into a place, rubbed your hands together and said to yourself, “I could really do some great work here?” Artists and musicians have studios, craftsmen have workshops, professors and...

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In The News: Problem solver to give pointers at summit

This is just a week away. I'm energized by the new approach to the summit this year. Thank you, Dunkirk Observer for the great article about my upcoming event, “Forward Thinking, Forward Movement: Applying Creativity and Innovation to Community and Economic...

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The Sure Fire Way to Get Breakthrough Ideas

The sure-fire way to get new ideas is by using Forced Connections. Forced Connections is the essence of creativity; the practice of combining ideas that don’t appear to be related in a new way. This method helps you get those ideas flowing when you are stuck.

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Creative problem-solving and communication behavior in small groups

This study investigated differences between communication behaviors of small groups trained in Creative Problem-Solving and groups not trained in creative problem-solving. Communication behaviors investigated were: amount of participation; verbal indications of criticism; verbal indications of support; verbal indications of humor; and nonverbal indications of humor. Groups were also evaluated on the quantity of ideas generated. Results indicated that groups trained in creative problem-solving participated more, criticized ideas less, supported ideas more, exhibited more verbal and nonverbal indications of humor, and produced significantly more ideas than untrained groups.

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Why Brainstorming without a Facilitator Usually Fails

by Cher Ravenell “The ideas that come out of most brainstorming sessions are usually superficial, trivial, and not very original. They are rarely useful. The process however, seems to make uncreative people feel that they are making innovative contributions.” A....

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Using a Formula for Creativity to Yield Organizational Quality Improvement

Creativity is a strategic business weapon. The companies that will survive and thrive will not be the ones with the deepest pockets, but the ones that can utilize the creativity of their workforce. This article explores a model for unleashing creativity in organizations, illustrates the vital link between quality and creativity, and introduces creative problem-solving, a method to help individuals and organizations become deliberately creative. It also illustrates the benefits of successfully applying creative problem-solving in organizations and provides recommendations for those who want to embark on any type of change program.

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i4 Studio Featured by Buffalo Rising

Buffalo Rising did a great piece about the i4 Studio at the Innovation Center. In case you missed the Launch Party on Tuesday, you still have opportunities to come check out Buffalo’s Idea Lab. Let me know if you would like to come by and take a look.

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Solve the Right Problem

Albert Einstein was once asked, “If some imminent disaster threatened the world and you had one hour in which you knew you could save it, how would you spend your time?” Einstein replied, “I would spend the first fifty-five minutes identifying the problem and the last five minutes solving it.

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Making the Right Mistakes

A music director once told me that when he rehearsed, he preferred the musicians to make mistakes confidently. He wanted the mistakes to be big and loud so he would notice them quickly, provide coaching and help the ensemble improve. In the end, the concert audience would only hear the orchestra at their best.

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The Power of Incubation

The classic view of creativity is that an idea comes to us after we have been working on a problem for a long time, have made  little or no progress and then we step away from the problem and INCUBATE.  After a period of incubation – a time when you are not consciously working on the problem. Eureka. The idea hits you! 

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i4 Studio in The Buffalo News

Hey gang!  Did you happen to see the i4 Studio piece in The Buffalo News this week? There's a nice article that talks about how the i4 Studio is the first "idea lab" of it's kind in Buffalo, and includes information about upcoming events.  Take a few moments to read...

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Reduce Risk with Creativity

“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” —Helen Keller Some of the most notable creative people in the world share one hallmark. They are risk takers. But, the problem with taking risks is the naysayers that surround them....

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What is Creative Problem Solving?

The Creative Problem Solving process that we use is not new but has been tested, validated and refined over the last 60 years. It is the most researched and applied Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process in the world.

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