Jonah Lehrer on How to Be Creative – WSJ.com

Whilst I don’t subscribe to having any creativity within my work, I have done some creative things like learning to play musical instruments, and taking photographs. This is an interesting take about creativity, we are all capable of it and in these austere times we need to do more of it.

Creativity can seem like magic. We look at people like Steve Jobs and Bob Dylan, and we conclude that they must possess supernatural powers denied to mere mortals like us, gifts that allow them to imagine what has never existed before. They’re “creative types.” We’re not.

The myth of the “creative type” is just that–a myth, argues Jonah Lehrer. In an interview with WSJ’s Gary Rosen he explains the evidence suggesting everyone has the potential to be the next Milton Glaser or Yo-Yo Ma.

But creativity is not magic, and there’s no such thing as a creative type. Creativity is not a trait that we inherit in our genes or a blessing bestowed by the angels. It’s a skill. Anyone can learn to be creative and to get better at it. New research is shedding light on what allows people to develop world-changing products and to solve the toughest problems. A surprisingly concrete set of lessons has emerged about what creativity is and how to spark it in ourselves and our work.

via Jonah Lehrer on How to Be Creative – WSJ.com.

Justtextgiving – It’s time for the sector to get creative

This is a huge opportunity for charities and I think it shows that it’s time for the sector to get very creative and ambitious when coming up with ideas for how companies can help them.

I’m sure that if a couple of years ago someone had come up with the bright idea that one of the major mobile networks should fund the development and running of a totally free text donation service for every charity and fundraiser in the whole of the UK, they would have been laughed out the door.

via It’s time for the sector to get creative about working with companies – Third Sector blog | Blogs | Third Sector.

JustTextGiving

JustTextGiving is a new service that helps charities, no matter how big or small, raise more money. Donations can now be made with a simple text message and it’s free to set up and run.

Your charity gets every penny

No set up fee. No membership fee.
No commission. No catches.

via JustTextGiving.