Ideation & Creativity LO7451 -Summary

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Mon, 22 Apr 1996 09:25:45 -0700

Replying to LO6528 --

Posted by Valerio Pascotto

[Host's Note: Sorry, I mislaid this msg; Valerio sent it on 4/22. The
original inquiry was 4/7 "Ideation & Creativity LO6528" ...Rick]


Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 16:19:38 -0500
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From: (Maria Clapham)
Subject: Creativity book

A book that I have found very useful is titled "Theories of Creativity"
published in 1990 by Sage. The editors are Mark A. Runco and Robert S.
Albert. I just thought of another book that deals specifically with divergent
thinking. It is edited by Mark Runco, and I believe it is titled
"Divergent Thinking". I do not have information on the date of publication
or the publisher. It containes summaries of a series of studies on
divergent thinking. I have found it very useful.

From: Karl Mettke:R09A
Date: ## 04/08/96 16:16 ##
You may want to check the web page on creativity; has lot's of info
and book summaries....
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 19:35:51 -0500 (CDT)
From: Dutch Driver <>
To: Effective Organizational Systems <>
Subject: Re: Ideation & Creativity

I would recommend _Lateral Thinking_ by Edward de Bono. Or _The Five Day
Course in Thinking_ by the same author.

Great Optimism,



Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 16:14:00 -0400
From: Dwight Fee <>
Subject: Ideation & Creativity -Reply

I trust you know the popular book, "A Whack on the Side of the Head,",
can't recall the author. D Fee


Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 19:11:42 -0400
From: "Robert W. Pike, CSP" <>
Subject: Re: Ideation & Creativity -Reply

The author is Roger Von Oech and his book, along with the Creative Whack Pack
is available by calling 1-800-383-9210.


Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 20:16:08 -0400
From: Danny Lyonnais <>
Subject: Re: Ideation & Creativity

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Dr. Min Basadur's Simplex A Flight to Creativity (ISBN 0-930222-19-9) or =
The Power of Innovation (sorry I don't know the ISBN ) either will give =
you plenty to work with!
E-Mail me if you need more info .
Danny Lyonnais
Actis Consulting Inc.
Cantley, Quebec Canada

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To: "eos(a)" <>
Subject: NOTE 04/10/96 08:16:11
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 08:22:23 -0500

Valerio - Joel Barker is usually considered to be THE expert in terms of
idea creation. His company Infinity Limited concentrates on
"possibilities". He's written a few books, including:

Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future (HarperBusiness, 1993)

He also recommends:

Dr. Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook: An Expert's Guide to Unlocking the
Wisdom of Your Subconscious Mind (Prentice Hall, 1994)

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James Collins &
Jerry Porras (HarperCollins, 1994)

For additional learning tools (videos - which can be pricey) - contact him
at: 602-661-6914.

Hope this helps!!

Also - I don't know if you realized it - but your post came out a number
of times. I'm assuming it is because you did not see it come out - and
thought that it did not get through. Set your mail to "ACK" and that way
you'll know that your posts go out.

Best of luck!

Teresa Outlaw
H/R Administrator
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company

Date: Tue, 9 Apr 96 13:00:21 EDT
From: Monica Shay <>
Subject: creativity

I think you would find it very worthwhile to contact the Dean of the Business
School at the University of Tampa, 40l W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Fla. 33606.
His email address is: Phone is
813-253-6271.(Name: Steve Stumpf). He was head of the Center for Leadership
there, and has written many books and articles on exactly the topics you
mentioned. Good luck. Monica Shay (mshay

Date: Tue, 9 Apr 1996 13:03:08 -0400
Subject: Re: Ideation & Creativity

Try anything by Edward DeBono. his Six Thinking Hats would be a good start..

Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 16:16:17 -0400
From: Walter Derzko <wderzko@EPAS.UTORONTO.CA>
Subject: Re: Ideation & Creativity


Do a search using any popular enhine such as excite or lycos with the word:
creativity or lateral thinking. There are numerous web pages out there.

The Creativity Consortium, an international club for laterl thinkers
will have a web page up by the end of the week.


Walter Derzko
Creativity Consortium


Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 22:12:29 +0100
From: nigel copsey <nigc@MBOX.GAIACOM.CO.UK>
Subject: Re: Ideation & Creativity

Hello Valerio,

May I suggest a source that I found on the Web? I found it very interesting.

The site covers other issues connected to creativity also.

Good luck in your quest.

Nigel Copsey.

Date: Tue, 9 Apr 1996 12:09:07 UT
From: Peter Pflaum <pflaump@MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Ideation & Creativity

Try (first.htm) and look at the Sufi stuff
.. The established method for teaching creativity is the Adventure System -
start anywhere then JUMP - the inter-space between disconnected ideas creates
new connections. An anthropologist told me about natives who are having a
problem because the usual patterns aren't working. ( Fish, or rain or herds
don't show up as expected) They throw a horn into the fire and use the cracks
as a map. This is random search, or adding a new element to what has become a
closed cycle. If you keep doing what you do, you keep getting what you get.
There is a creativity chapter and activities in my workbook.. based on
personality styles and the seven types of Intelligence (Gardner).

Date: Tue, 9 Apr 1996 11:33:36 -0500
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From: (Roni Reiter-Palmon)
Subject: Re: Ideation & Creativity

As someone who is doing extensive research in the area of creativity, I
would love to help, but I need more specific information. There is such a
growth in the general area of creativity, that it is difficult to direct you
to good, high quality sources (as oppose to cook-book like source - do this
and you will be instantly creative). If you will narrow the field for me I
will be glad to provide you with some references. In general, a good place
to start is by browsing the table of content of "Creativity Research
Journal" - an excellent source!

Roni Reiter-Palmon
Department of Psychology
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Date: Tue, 9 Apr 1996 06:05:33 -0700
Subject: Ideation and Creativity "Stuff"

Here are my suggestions:
1. Anything by Edward De Bono including <Six Thinking Hats: The Power of
Focused Thinking>
2. Pierce Howard's <The Human Brain: An Owner's Manual>
3. <Whole-Brain Thinking> by Jacquelyn Wonder and Priscilla Donovan
4. Anything by Richard Restak, M.D., including <The Brain Has a Mind of
Its Own: Insights from a Practicing Neurologist"
5. Paul Sloane's <Lateral Thinking Puzzlers>
6. <Teaching for the Two-Sided Mind> by Linda Verlee Williams
7. Anything by Ned Herman
8. Anything on learning styles by David Kolb or Honey and Mumford (out of
the United Kingdom)
9. Do a net search on Creativity
10. Contact the American Creativy Association (I know I don't have the name
right, but I'm sure you can find them on the Internet)
Hope this helps.
Susan Keen, Ed.D. Sunquest Information Systems, Tucson, AZ keen@gate.

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 00:00:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dunbar Aitkens <caploc@PEAK.ORG>
Subject: Ideation & Creativity LO6528
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At my home page, are files relating to
experiences leading to and with The Glass Plate Game, a cooperative
thinking game, and a section devoted to building an internetted version of
it (pretty primitive yet). It will be up for about a month before the
Internet provider carrying the page goes off campus to most likley have to
have a different URL. I don't know if there will be the same URL remaining
in order to point to the new one. The site now providing the space for
the home page is one that is being separated from the University due to it
being judged to be competing with private businesses in the are.

- Dunbar

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 96 10:12:17 EST
Encoding: 623 Text
Subject: Ideation, Creativity and Goals

I read your posts requesting ideas, books and articles regarding
ideation, creativity and goals. If you'll forward me your phone
and fax number, I can share some information about a new success
television network called TPN.

You can get some preliminary information from my homepage below.

Have a great day!

Gary Scherling
Helping people help themselves

'The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get,
but what they become by it.' John Ruskin

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 07:39:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ralph Krumdieck <ralphkru@OREGON.UOREGON.EDU>
Subject: Re: Ideation & Creativity LO6528
To: Effective Organizational Systems <>
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Dear Valerio,
I'm sure you've already looked into Robert Fritz, but I'll
mention him in case you haven't.
The Path of Least Resistance: Principles for Creating What You Want to
Create. (Stillpoint Publishing, Salem MA, 1984)
Creating. (Fawcett Columbine, NY, 1991)
I've seen other references on the list to articles that he's
written, but don't have exact titles. I believe he has a book that's due
out this fall in the US on creativity on the organizational level (as
opposed to mostly personal level, as his previous two books).
I'm looking forward to seeing your list. It's a topic that
fascinates me and I haven't had much time for finding other sources of
information on it.
Sincerely, Lynne Coates

From: "Michael A. Schwartz" <>
Organization: UF College of Pharmacy
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 16:19:59 EST
Subject: Creativity
Priority: normal

To: Valerio Pascotto

In response to your request on the LO list, my response would depend
on what you mean by creativity. If you mean how to generate new
ideas by getting out of our current patterned, conditioned thinking
mode then I would note the following books on the subject:

Roger von Oech, "A Whack on the Side of the Head" and "A Kick in the
Seat of the Pants"

G. Nierenberg, "The Art of Creative Thinking"

Marsh Fisher, "The IdeaFisher" (also has software available)

Robert Wilson, "The Art of Creative Thinking" (what an original

If, you are interested in the process of creating something new (as
opposed to responding to something that exists, e.g. a problem) I
would recommend Robert Fritz' book "Creating"

You might also find of interest in this area:

Nadler and Hibino, "Breakthrough Thinking"

Michael Raye and Rochelle Myers, "Creativity in Business"

There are numerous other titles available and I'm sure you will
generate quite a list from your request. I'll look forward to seeing
your summary. Thanks for asking.

Michael A. Schwartz
University of Florida
College of Pharmacy
Box 100484, HSC
Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone:(352) 392-9713
FAX: (352) 392-3480


From: Sue Inches <>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 96 22:10:05 PDT
Subject: Ideation & Creativity LO6576

One of my favorite books on creativity is The Creative Problem Solver's
Toolbox by Richard Fobes. He self-markets the book and you can get a copy
by calling him at Solutions Through Innovation, Corvallis, Oregon.

I am also interested in creativity, and especially whether people have
successfully consulted in this field and if so, what products, services do
creativity consultants offer?

- --

Sue Inches

Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 15:41:27 -0400


Check out the Carlson Learning CARE Profile which measures an individual's
creativity level and promotes innovation.

Also check out the new book by Charlie Prather.

Both are available by contacting JEFF TAYLOR at RCTYLR@AOL.COM



Date: Sun, 14 Apr 1996 11:20:35 -0400
Subject: Ideation & Creativity LO6528

Hi Valerio Pascotto,

Here are the titles of some of my work on this topic:

"Creating Competitive Advantage: Welding Imagination to Experience" Academy
of Management Executive, 1989, Vol. III, No. 1, pp. 29-36.

"Top Management Teams and Organizational Renewal" written with James C. Rush
and Roderick E. White, Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 10, 1989, pp.

Crisis & Renewal: Meeting the Challenge of Organizational Change, Harvard
Business School Press, 1995. Reviewed at

Best wishes,
David K. Hurst
Speaker, Consultant and Writer on Management

Date: Thu, 11 Apr 1996 08:59:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: HRNET digest 890
Message-ID: <>

In response to my question about the source of the nine dot
"creative thinking" puzzle, I received many helpful responses with
sources for that item. Below are listed those sources that seem
most complete on the topic of creativity. My thanks go out to all
those who responded; the net works!

1. Lateral Thinking by Edward deBono
2. Mastermind Brainteasers by Joseph and Lenore Scott
3.Brainteasers and Mindbenders by Ben Hamilton
4. Thinkertoys by Micheal Michalko
5.Developing Creative and Critical Thinking by Rbt. Boostrom
6. Conceptual Blockbusting by John Adams

Thanks again to respondants, it is great to get these and also good
to know that folks will take time to send out a response.

Jerry Fox Appalachian State University
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 14:25:17 UT
From: Peter Pflaum <pflaump@MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Ideation & Creativity
RE: Be Careful - Notes from The Secret Garden:
Mahmud Shabistari, (E.P. Dutton & Co, 1974)

Sufism is not a religion. The Sufi practice is a the science
of man, or the "Science of Certainty." In most societies,
most of the time, the Sufi could not find acceptance or a
fair hearing. Any ideas that were not devoted to the service
of the state and the prevailing ideology were regarded as
not only odd but dangerous treason, and was feared as
subversive. The Moslem cults, the brotherhood, and many
others are mixtures. Will the real Sufi please stand up.

Sufi cloaked their teaching and activities in the outward
garb of religion. The ability to pretend and remember what
is image and what is real, is a critical Sufi art - but
many cults came to believe the outside as inside. Sufis
focused on cultural pursuits which in authoritarian societies
allows certain freedoms and contacts with different people.
The Persian-speaking Sufi's dominated the classics, which
became convert Sufi textbooks.

The public forms of Sufism are imitations. The desire for
fantasies led to groups and activities that are popular and
acceptable to the dogmatic climate. Imitation Sufis
abounded. Scholars and the public are naturally confused on
what is true Sufism and what is mystic popular imitations.
The Christians have the same problem - the unreal imitations
of Christ and popular but weaken practices. A belief that
some cult has a special way.

Spain became a Sufi center in the Middle Ages, and still in
the south reverberates in songs and stories. The spread of
Culture from Spain and the Renascence brought Sufi practice
to Europe. The Freemasons were partly based on these

The Sufi have a special science in psychology and the study
of man. All Sufi activity in the West until after W.W.I was
private. Sir Richard Burton only saw imitation cults and did
not know of the small private non-cultist Sufis.

The Russo-Armenian philosopher Gurdjief published the first
western text about a origin in Central Asia with links to
the distant past, early forms of Christianity and the
monasteries in the Hindu Kirsh. Ouspensky, a disciple,
transmitted these ideas in lectures, demonstrations, and

Dr. Maurice Nicholl and Dr. Kenneth Walker used the
psychologically-oriented to attempt a system of practice.
The authors of the Bloomsbury group brought Sufi ideas to
literature which continues today by many writers - Borges,
Lesing?, (many more).

The true Sufi potential was largely untouched. Sufi does not
have authority figures, a or a set of customs or habits. It
is more open than Zen and even more difficult to fix in
place. Hadrat Sayed Idries Shah in the major book "The
Sifis" brought light to the confused situation. His work has
brought the Sufi tradition back into focus for the West. The
all too human desire to have a talisman, a messianic figure
who would transform the world is not true Sufi but many
cults still seek such a ideal. Idries Shah would not confine
himself to closed groups who thought they had key to wisdom.
The desire to feel special, to have secrets, ceremonies and
special knowledge is not unique to these Sufi cults. It is

Poets, scientist, professors of literature and physics,
anthropologist claimed something of value in Idries Shah's
work. Serious sociological journal found the ideas of prime
importance in solving current human problems in advanced
societies. It's vital importance to education and learning
became the Society of the Understanding of the Foundation of
Ideas (1966).

So what is Sufi - first you find a Guide - to be continued.
Peter E. Pflaum Ph.D. * THE_SUFI_METHODS
225 Robinson Road, New Smyrna Beach * IN THE WORLD -
FL 32169-2176 (904) 428-9609 * BUT NOT OF THE WORLD

Creative Mind by Margaret Boden (Paperback) $16.50
Lateral Thinking by Edward deBono (Paperback) $13.00
Arts and Human Development by Howard Gardner (Paperback) $16.00
Creating Minds by Howard Gardner (Paperback) $15.00
Notebooks of the Mind by Vera John-Steiner (Paperback) $12.00
Act of Creation by Arthur Koestler (Paperback) $12.95
Witness to the Fire by Linda Leonard (Paperback) $20.00
Uncommon Genius Denise Shekerjian (Paperback) $11.00
Dynamics of Creation by Anthony Storr (Paperback) $10.00

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From: (Jane Millar)
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 13:56:03 +0000
Subject: Ideation & Creativity LO6639

Replying to LO6528 -- I would like to recommend two books from the
cognitive sciences literature:

Boden, M., (1990), The Creative Mind: Myths & Mechanisms, Weidenfeld and
Nicolson: London, UK.

Boden, M., (ed), (1994), Dimensions of Creativity, The MIT Press:
Cambridge, Mass., USA.

In addition, the journal 'Creativity and Innovation Management' (Blackwell
Business) often carries some interesting articles.

Dr. Jane Millar (
Research Fellow in Knowledge Management
Open University Business School.
- -- (Jane Millar)

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