Sunday, December 15, 2013

Creativity/Mobility - citations, quotes, books and lessons from the innovators include: " have to start and do to get anywhere.","Part II: Do it. Write it down and record it. Use what you have, when you have it. Don't wait for the ideal guitar, perfect piano, latest software, newest recorder, machine, time, professional studio, whatever. Again, do it with what you have, when you have it. And do the very best you can do with what you have available. "

" have to start and do to get anywhere....
You can drive to the store in an old Toyota — or you can drive in a new Mercedes — but getting to the store is the point — don't let the vehicle be the process."

the power of technology to positively affect social change...

From ambition to action

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‘Out of our Minds: Learning to be Creative’, explains why it is essential to promote creativity
Ken Robinson


Editorial Reviews




'...inspiring, witty and engaging book.' (, April 2011). '...straightforward, amusing and useful.' (Management Today, May 2011). '...a book with the potential to be a catalyst for system-wide change.' (Times Educational Supplement, May 2011). 'Now more global in perspective...the book seems more important than ever...His rallying cry still deserves to be heard.' (Business Life, May 2011).

From the Inside Flap

There is a paradox. As children, most of us think we are highly creative; as adults many of us think we are not. What changes as children grow up? Organizations across the globe are competing in a world that is changing faster than ever. They say they need people who can think creatively, who are flexible and quick to adapt. Too often they say they can't find them. Why not? In this provocative and inspiring book, Ken Robinson addresses three vital questions:
  • Why is it essential to promote creativity? Business leaders, politicians and educators emphasize the vital importance of promoting creativity andinnovation. Why does this matter so much?
  • What is the problem? Why do so many people think they're not creative? Young children are buzzing with ideas. What happens as we grow up and go through school to make us think we arenot creative?
  • What can be done about it? What is creativity? What can companies, schools and organizations do to develop creativity and innovation in a deliberate and systematic way?
In this extensively revised and updated version of his bestselling classic, Out of Our Minds, Ken Robinson offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding creativity in education and in business. He argues that people and organizations everywhere are dealing with problems that originate in schools and universities and that many people leave education with no idea at all of their real creative abilities. Out of Our Minds is a passionate and powerful call for radically different approaches to leadership, teaching and professional development to help us all to meet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century


I would recommend this book to those individuals who are ready to get out of Academia and pursue a path of creativity, but if you are already an artist or very connected to your creativity this book will be very frustrating. I would recommend the Artists Way by Julia Cameron if you want a great book on how to unblock and enjoy your creative process.

What I did get out of this book were plenty of factoids about education and academia. Mr. Robinson is a bit of a high tower intellectual and so the material reads a bit dry and informative. Information can be helpful but learning how to be creative is not an informational process.

Finally, I have to disagree with Mr. Robinson vehemently when he says in chapter 6 that creativity is about "doing something." It is actually much deeper then that. As an Artist I have found that idea to be too simplistic of a view on creativity. Creativity is a much more layered process then simply doing. Most of the time "doing" gets in the way. "Being" is a more clear channel for higher creativity.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 2 edition (February 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907312471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907312472

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In recent years researchers and educational writers have extended the general meaning of creativity so that it incorporates ideas about inventiveness and imagination.
This reflects a growing acceptance that creativity it is not simply about coming up with big ideas, but coming up with practical solutions to everyday problems and then applying them to real life situations. Everything around us - our homes, cities, medical services, transport and communication systems - are conceived and developed by practical people who know how to implement creative ideas. Creativity can be readily associated with a wide range of everyday tasks and activities, and the importance of creativity at a personal level is often greatly underestimated.
Creativity Beyond- Implementing the use of modern technology!
health related

“Diversity in a Virtual World: The Transformation of Nursing Education”
Nursing Education in 3-D: Leveraging
Virtual Worlds and Immersive Learning Simulations
The Heavin School of Arts and Sciences
recently launched the first online
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
degree program in New Jersey. The
program is designed to prepare teachers
and administrators to become educational
leaders serving in the increasingly
complex environment of elementary
and secondary education.
Like all graduate programs at Thomas
Edison State College, the new program
is structured around the unique needs
of working adults.
“The use of technology is an integral part of the
curriculum and enables students to collaborate on projects, discuss ideas and
research, and share best practices, while they create an e-folio that will serve
as an opportunity for reflection and as a compilation of their learning
throughout the program.”

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The ability to create, calculate, collect, store, access, share, exchange, federate, report, anticipate, and protect education data must be continuously improved all while costs are contained and new technologies emerge.
Mobility and changing learning patterns together with these factors obsolete long-standing paradigms about how data systems are built and used and drive their reengineering.

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Emory University
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Choice Solutions
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USA Funds
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Friday, December 13, 2013



How can a twenty-something white man write dialogue for an elderly Chinese woman? Simple. By listening.
Pay close attention to the people around you at your job, on the train or in the supermarket.  When you find someone in your character’s demographic, listen to how he or she speaks.  Notice to whom that person is talking (does the speech change when she speaks to someone else?).
Then use what you have heard in your writing.

Excerpt or citation from

  1. Read the following books: How to Win Friends & Influence People and Never Eat Alone(These are general business books, but useful to your filmmaking.)
  2. Since communication is mostly body language, one effective technique to building rapport involves mirroring and moving your body in sync with the person you’re talking with. (Just don’t be obvious about this.)

How to Write a Character Who is Nothing Like You

Monday, December 2, 2013

Quote from Kate Jacobs, Knit Two

“Seeing a pattern doesn't mean you know how to put it all together. Take baby steps: don't focus on the folks whose skills are far beyond your own. When you're new to something-or you haven't tried it in a while-it can feel impossibly hard to get it right. Every misstep feels like a reason to quit. You envy everyone else who seems to know what they're doing. What keeps you going? The belief that one day you'll also be like that: Elegant. Capable. Confident. Experienced. And you can be. All you need now is enthusiasm. A little bravery. And-always-a sense of humor.”