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  • David Loughry 9:25 pm on January 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creativity, fast company, life-hacks, , ,   

    Research Showing Some Variety People May Have More Creative Ideas 

    I was reading an article in Fast Company when I came across some research showing something I had suspected in a general way. It said “individuals connected to disparate clusters of people have more creative ideas than those with homogenous, closed social networks.” It’s based on an aspect of network science called “brokerage,” pioneered by Professor Ronald S. Burt at the University of Chicago.

    I have observed over the years that people who explore diverse ideas, areas, people, processes, etc. seem to make more integrated and novel creative connections. Such people are a kind of variety people, and “individuals connected to disparate clusters of people” are a kind of subset of the people I’m talking about. So the research shows, you may well boost your creativity by being the kind of variety person who is connected to disparate clusters of people!

    Here’s the link to the full article, about an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley:

  • David Loughry 12:11 am on February 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creativity, , productivity, relaxation,   

    Links between relaxation and productivity also speak to the value of variety 

    This article about how critical rest and relaxation are to productivity also, without saying it, has a lot to say about the value of variety! Enough rest and relaxation add variety to your life. I also think, in addition to rest and relaxation, variety itself can be rejuvenating, as well as lead to creative and innovative ideas since you have a wider range of experiences to draw upon.

  • David Loughry 1:07 am on July 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creativity, films, , , , reviews   

    “Casablanca” great partly due to the great diversity of talent behind it. 

    If you watch the “making of” documentary on the Casablanca DVD, you’ll see how many different sorts of people contributed to it, especially to the writing of it. I think it’s quite possible the interactions of this wide variety of talent played a huge role in making Casablanca one of the great movies.

    Another ProxPattern that played a role is allowing some uncertainty. They talk about not knowing how the film would end, up until very near the end of the shooting. This allowing of tension throughout the making of it I think also contributed to the special quality of the film.

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