April Mtg Creativity Consortium-Toronto LO6472

Walter Derzko (wderzko@epas.utoronto.ca)
Sat, 6 Apr 1996 09:41:00 -0500 (EST)

Re: April Mtg Creativity Consortium LO6366 -Toronto

Peter Pflaum concludes:

> A simple ( but complex ) issue is how to use methods without believing in "a
> method". There are no 12 steps, 16 principles, 9 attitudes, etc. Each case is
> different and people really have to solve their own problems. Therefore what

I agree. Wise consultants are now offering a tool kit or shopping bag full
of methods or tools. In the case of creativity/innovation many people now
recognise that not every method or approach fits all seasons, as you point

The example that I use is the following. If you have a problem (deviation
from the norm or some baseline), then the CPS process ala Buffalo State is
probably the best approach. If the baseline from the previuos example is
obsolete or inadequate, then new concpts are needed, so here I would use
one of several Edward de Bono thinking tools for concept development. If
my ideal solution to a problem is a paradox or anomaly, ie. it has to be
both hot and cold or hard and soft to work, then I would try Altshullers

It all depends what your thinking goal is. That requires thinking about
thinking....or metacognition.

> can the ' wise ' teacher (consultant) do ? Since all dogma ( theology ) is
> true and also false -and becomes a new prison - process becomes the message..
> the media is the message - the relationships are the content - just like in
> physics. This is simple and hard, new and old - you know it when you see it.
> If you understand ( a little ) it is clear but if you don't you don't. The
> teachers of Socrates - talked one-on-one because the way you see the truth is
> the truth - within that context - and the way is a path not a manual.

Walter Derzko


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