Creativity and Creative Thinking Tools / Techniques

 

Creativity

Websites

  • CREAX- Creativity for Innovation. Website portal for "838 of the best websites about creativity and innovation". (Oct 2008). You may have trouble using this website portal in FireFox. It seems to work fine in Internet Explorer.
  • Creativity for Life - A collection of how tos and articles about personal and business creativity
  • Innovation Tools - "Innovation Tools catalogs the best resources for business innovation, creativity and brainstorming". It is geared toward businesses but DI Teams and Team Managers can find some useful links. They have links to lots of commercially available brainstorming and creativity software as well as how to articles.
  • What is Creativity - Article by Linda Naiman - Founder of Creativity at Work.

Software

Page creator has no personal experience with these software products.

These are commercial products designed mainly for business and they can cost quite a bit. Links are provided because there is useful information on most of the sites.

 

  • Solution People - Sells a variety of software products such as Know Brainer.
  • i Mind Map - Commercial software that automates Mind mapping. The software can be expensive but there are some interesting videos and ideas on this site.

 


Creativity General Reference

 

Books

  • de Bonos Thinking Course, Edward de Bono, Facts On File, Inc., New York, NY, 1994, ISBN 0-8160-3178-9, 196 pgs.
  • Expanding Creative Imagination, Frank Hajcak and Tricia Garwood, Human Potential Press, West Chester, PA, 1993, ISBN 0-9633616-1-9, 128 pgs.
  • The 5-Day Course in Thinking, Edward de Bono, Penguin Books, London, 1991, ISBN 0-14-013789-0. 160 pgs
  • Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner, Basic Books, New York, NY, 1993, ISBN 0465025080, 440 pgs.
  • A Kick in the Seat of the Pants, Roger von Oech, Harper & Row Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, 1986, ISBN 0-06-096024-8, 153 pgs.
  • Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step, Edward de Bono, Harper and Row, New York, NY, 1973, ISBN 0-06-090325-2, 300 pgs.
  • Make the Most of Your Mind, Tony Buzan, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • Morphological Creativity: The Miracle of Your Hidden Brain Power, Myron S. Allen, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1967, LCC# 62-14185.
  • Use Both Sides of Your Brain, Tony Buzan, E.P. Dulton, New York, NY, 1983, ISBN 0-525-48229-6, 156 pgs.
  • A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can be More Creative, Roger von Oech, Warner Books, Inc., New York, NY, 1990, ISBN 0-446-39-158-1, 196 pgs.
  • What a Great Idea!: The Key Steps Creative People Take, Charles Thompson, Harper Perennial, New York, NY, 1992, ISBN 0-06-053517-0, 232 pgs.

 

 


Thinking Skills

 

Books

  • The Problem Solvers Practical Toolbox, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Available on ShopDI)
  • Be a Problem Solver, Bob Eberle and Bob Stanish, D.O.K. Publishers, Inc., Buffalo, NY, Grades 4-Adult
  • Brainstorming: Activities for Creative Thinking, Craig & Paula Dickinson and Eileen Rideout, CreativePublications, Mountain View, CA, 1987, ISBN 0-88488-640-9, 140 pgs, Grades 3-Adult
  • Brainstorming: The Book of Topics, Marty Fligor, Creative Learning Press, Mansfield Center, CN, 1989,ISBN 0-936386-52-5, 72 pgs, Grades 1-Adult
  • CPS (Creative Problem Solving) for Kids: A Resource Book for Teaching Creative Problem Solving to Children, Bob Eberle and Bob Stanish, D.O.K. Publishers, Inc., Buffalo, NY, 1980, Grades 3-Adult
  • Mind-Treks (Creative Hands-On Problem-Solving Activities), Les Landin & Linda Hagelin, Fearon Teacher Aids, Parsippany, NJ, 1996, ISBN 0-86653-860-7, 48 pgs. Grades K-Adult
  • Mind Treks III (Creative Hands-On Problem-Solving Activities), Les Landin & Linda Hagelin, Fearon TeacherAids, Parsippany, NJ, 1997, ISBN 1-56417-672-X, 48 pgs. Grades 6-Adult
  • Mindglow, Bob Stanish, Good Apple, Inc., Carthage, IL, 1986, ISBN 0-86653-346-X, 96 pgs, Grades 3-Adult
  • More Mind Treks (Creative Hands-On Problem-Solving Activities), Les Landin & Linda Hagelin, Fearon Teacher Aids, Parsippany, NY, 1996, ISBN 1-56417-860-9, 48 pgs, Grades K-Adult
  • O.O.P.S., Out of the Ordinary Problems for Students, Lynn Koch & Monica Lobser, OOPS Creativity Machine, Littleton, CO, 1994., 23 pgs, Grades K-Adult
  • O.O.P.S., We Did It Again, Lynn Koch & Monica Lobser, OOPS Creativity Machine, Littleton, CO, 1995, 31 Pgs, Grades K-Adult
  • OOPS-A-Daisy, Lynn Koch & Monica Lobser, OOPS Creativity Machine, Littleton, CO, 1997, 34 pgs, Grades K-Adult
  • Scamper, Games for Imagination Development, Bob Eberle, D.O.K. Publishers, Buffalo, NY, 1981, Grades K-Adult
  • Scamper On, Bob Eberle, D.O.K. Publishers, Buffalo, NY, 1981, Grades K-Adult
  • The Thinkers Toolbox, Pamela H. & David D. Thornburg, Dale Seymour Publications, Palo Alto, CA, 1989, ISBN 0-86651-467-8, 144 pgs, Grades 3-Adult
  • Hang-Ups!, Linda Lew Dollard, Frank Schaffer Publications, Inc., Torrange, CA ISBN 1-56417-830-7
  • Questioning makes the Difference, Nancy Johnson-Farris, Pieces of Learning ISBN 0-9623835-3-8
  • The Winning Edge - Tips for Creative Problem-Solving Teams, Richard Safris, Frank Schaffer Publications, Inc. Rorrence, CA ISBN 1-56417-829-3

Websites

  • www.zancas.com Zanca sells a variety of games, kits and activities designed to stimulate creative thinking.
  • www.mindwareonline.com Mindware sells toys and games to stimulate creative thinking. Most of the games are geared more toward Elementary age children but they do have activities and games appropriate for teens.