Innovation, Creativity, Problem-Solving

I am taking a quick break to search for articles relating to innovation and creativity.  Other than the words knowledge and conversation, those words are frequently used in the New Librarianship class.

This article by Drake Baer is about seeking out and connecting with four types of people to make a work team successful and ultimately make a work project successful.  The four types of people who are essential to a work team are the person who is the super connector or socialite, the person who likes to mentor,  the IT Guru and even the newbie. I liked this sentence:  Innovation, like the flu, is contagious.  Broad social bonds expose the work group to more ideas and ideas lead to combinatorial creativity.

I clicked on the hyperlink on “combinatorial creativity” and it took me to this article informing me about the two traits that predispose people to creative thinking: openness to experience and need for cognition.  Those who have the “openness to experience” trait simply like to try new things.  Those who have the need for cognition trait, like to think and to learn.

Creativity is defined as a process of drawing analogies between one body of knowledge and another. Creativity is a process of cross pollination across a range of fields. Innovation happens when disciplines intersect.

“Markman writes that if you are open to new experiences and love to think, you can learn deeply about a range of fields and cross-pollinate between them. You can mine your knowledge in one area for a solution that untangles a problem in another.”

New ideas are combinations of old ideas.  I have heard this one before.

Ecclesiastes 1 verse 9: That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.

Nate Silver, described as blogger and statistician/freelance data scientist, is number one on a list of 100 Most Creative People.  His name was very popular in the last elections because he accurately predicted the outcome. He describes the two types of creativity as pure expression and problem solving.  Pure expression is the creativity expressed by dancers, musicians, artists and so on.  Silver’s creativity is of course the problem solving type and he earned his reputation starting off as an expert baseball statistician.  In this article, his accuracy and his savvy in choosing the problems he wants to solve with big data are admired. One could say his asset is his credibility.   In New Librarianship, credibility is also the Librarian’s big asset.

Librarian Challenges: Borrowing ideas across disciplines that can solve library  problems and ultimately improve the library community. Seeking out a range of people who can bring new ideas to the “table”.


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