The Creativity Challenge

How We Can Recapture American Innovation

  • Want to Innovate? Science Says, “Be Energetic!”

    Have you been accused of being hyper? Your lively behavior might be a sign of an energetic attitude, which is an essential characteristic for innovation, rather than a negative quality to be diminished or hidden. If harnessed correctly, this dynamic attribute could be a vital tool that enables you to succeed beyond what you and others may think is possible.

  • Want to Innovate? Science Says, “Be Optimistic!”

    Innovators are not immune to the roadblocks and pitfalls of life. They may even encounter more trials than the average person as they make and remake in the name of excellence. Why are they able to persevere and prevail when others don’t? An optimistic attitude keeps the innovator cheerful and encouraged on the road to accomplishment.

  • Want to Innovate? Science Says, “Be A Nonconformist!”

    Do you feel you are a square peg in a round hole? Don’t worry; you could become an innovator if you use your nonconformity to your advantage. With conventional thinking, an EXPERT can only reinvent the wheel. By thinking a different way, an INNOVATOR can combine the wheel with something else, or extend the wheel or its use. Which do you want to be?

  • Want to Innovate? Science Says, “Be Mentored!”

    A mentor neither appears with angel wings falling from the heavens nor is a gift given to mentees. A mentee earns mentors through a mentored attitude, which is one of the most critical attitudes that all exceptionally successful individuals exhibit.

  • Build Your Passion: How to Use ION Thinking to Ignite Innovation

    Are you trying to find your passion? Use this systematic approach to awaken your interests and develop them into your personal passion, even in the midst of unimaginative test-centric education.

  • How Are You Creative?

    Want to discover how you are creative? Take the CQ: Creativity Quotient for Creative Climates, Attitudes, and Thinking skills (CATs) now. It is FUN and FREE!

  • What Is ION Creative Thinking?

    This is creativity in a nutshell. It’s not a mysterious force only available to a selected few. It’s a teachable and learnable skill. It’s there to serve you if you embrace it.

  • Want To Innovate? Science Says, Be Curious!

    At first glance, curiosity seems annoying because it can make a task take longer. A closer look can reveal how the extra time curiosity takes can make the task more rewarding and the outcome more unique.

  • Want to Foster Creativity in Children? Science Says, “Nurture Curiosity!”

    Whether you're a teacher or parent looking to foster creativity in children, finding time to indulge curiosity is essential. That's easier said than done in today's demanding climate, with such high premiums placed on immediate achievement and rapid skill acquisition. Have no fear! This article is all about finding space for the joy and magic of curiosity "in the cracks" of modern life, whether you're looking to take on a year long project or only have five minutes a week to spare.

  • Want To Innovate? Science Says, Be Playful!

    Being serious leads to an uncreative, boring life. Innovators are playful and even mischievous.

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