The Creativity Challenge

How We Can Recapture American Innovation

  • How Are You Creative?

    Want to discover how you are creative? Take the new Torrance Tests of 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.

  • 2017 Creativity Crisis Update: How High-Stakes Testing Stifles Innovation

    This is an executive summary of a follow-up report (2017) of “The Creativity Crisis” (Kim, 2011) that discovered American creativity in decline since the 1990s. The full report has been reviewed by several researchers, but it will not be public until it has gone through a lengthy review process.

  • Want To Innovate? Science Says, Be Spontaneous!

    People think too much to be spontaneous, which leads to paralysis by analysis, but innovators think spontaneously and even impulsively.

  • Want To Innovate? Science Says, Persist!

    Innovators are passionate about and committed to their goals, which compels them to persist physically and mentally. They never quit and continue even when they experience challenges, setbacks, or failures, which is the biggest difference between innovators and non-innovators. To develop the persistent attitude, one of the 27 characteristics found in the greatest innovators, research says follow this.

  • Want To Innovate? Science Says, Daydream!

    The greatest innovators in the world often daydream, and this characteristic can be credited with making their innovation possible. To develop the daydreaming attitude, one of the 27 characteristics found in the greatest innovators, research says follow this.

  • What Not To Ask At A Dinner Party: “Are Jews More Creative Than Asians?”

    My research shows that a Jewish person is over 625 times more likely to win a Nobel Prize than an Asian person. Why? Is it related to their IQs? Is it because they are raised differently? Shouldn’t the notoriously high academic standards of Asian culture produce a greater number of innovators?

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