Tales from the Wonder Emporium: Visual and Creative Thinking in Business

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Published on May 24, 2008

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Explore the power of Passion, Imagination, Creativity, Exploration, and Experimentation in your Organization. Visual thinking is the hallmark of creativity, and visual learners usually gravitate towards creative professions like art, design, architecture, computer programming, graphics, animation, and physics. But understanding the power of Visual and Creative Thinking can have huge impacts on your company's ability to innovate, effectively communicate with customers and remain competitive in a swiftly changing world.

Tales From the Wonder Emporium Visual and Creative Thinking in Business Kelsey Ruger Webvisions 2008

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I’ve always had a wild imagination.

I’ve always been a doodler.

I learned the power of storytelling at an early age.

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Tell your story. Show your story. +

A Visual Library From “Mapping Inner Space” by Nancy Margulies, Nusa Maal, and Margaret J. Wheatley

Some people say... Man, Kelsey I don’t know about you but that’s just not the world I live in.

Sometimes I don’t feel creative.

Who has time for creativity anyway?

I am busier than I have ever been. I have too many projects for that and there are deadlines I have to meet.

Some people get serious

REALLY serious.

It’s easy to see why that might be frustrating. Business life doesn’t always make it easy to pursue your creative goals.

Do visual and creative thinking really have a place in today’s business workplace?

It’s true The business world has changed.

Business isn't a newtonian machine of mechanical laws that work like a clock. an It’s t’s . It abou I ism t ules gan and invent ion, er r n or adopt Few ed o lives es ion an d bas rial ath flexib ust bre ility ind mo dels The old ways don't convert well in an age of service, information and technology.

Enter Mr. Magorium Mr. Magorium is the eccentric owner of a magical toy store. His belief in imagination has given him an unnaturally long life and the ability perform amazing feats of magic.

Even though he is the title character... This story isn’t about Mr. Magorium

Meet Molly Mahoney. She Feels Stuck.

Molly’s problem isn’t foreign... Just different I don’t sleep I watch the enough This isn’t fun clock all day. anymore. anymore. It’s tough to I am grumpy get up in the all the time. morning. I feel like I’m Nothing turns There’s dragging all the me on nothing to look time anymore. forward to.

So it was back to the drawing board because the solution wasn’t just about how to make businesses better

How does Molly’s Story Relate To Us?

Let me tell you a story The quest is a search for a person, place, or thing, tangible or intangible. The character is looking for something they hope or expect to find that will significantly change her life. The character may be reluctant at first, but eventually does get caught up in the need to reach the end point. The object of the search reflects heavily on their character and usually alters it in some way, thus affecting the character change, which is important by the end.

I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. I will not pick my nose in class. Chapter 1 Remember when you could conquer the world?

Why don’t adults believe what they did when they were kids?

Do you Remember what it’s like to be a kid?

Why do adults stop believing the things they believed when they were kids?

Stop being silly. You need to act like an adult. Your Mother You want to do what? Nobody does that! Your high school buddy That’s wrong. Do it the way I showed you. Your first boss

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Now do you see why he’s mad?

The education process.

The shortest distance between two points might be a straight line.

Being creative requires taking routes that deviate from the straight path

Recent studies have show that humans use about 80% of our brain to process visual information yet most things in business are either auditory or written

Visual Lesson 1: The basics are easy • Vertical Lines • Diamond (Decision) • Horizontal Lines • Spiral (Change in Direction) • Circles • Circle (harmony) • Spirals • Direction (arrow) • Wavy Lines • Straight • Jagged Lines • Triangle (Relationship) • Star (success)

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There is still a six-year old inside of all of us, still undaunted, and just dying to come out and play. Granville Toogood

There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. There is no tooth fairy. Chapter 2 Is seeing believe or is believing seeing?

Everything isn’t “just” what it is.

Without the ability to temporarily forget what we know our minds remain cluttered with ready- made answers, and we never have an opportunity to ask the questions that lead off the beaten path in new directions. Roger von Oech

What are the barriers to seeing things differently?

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Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking or seeing something different.

What do you see? Before you can solve problems creatively you have to be able to see it in your mind.

Chapter 3 Do you have a sparkle?

Do you have a sparkle?

The Main Ingredient All the creative exercises in the world won’t matter if you are missing one important ingredient - belief in yourself.

we believe the the labels that we or others have applied. After a lifetime of this type of programming most people start to accept that there isn’t anything better, so they don't look, don't push, and don't ask. Kelsey Ruger

Understand Molly Mahoney’s story.

Conclusion Putting it all together.

It’s not the store it’s you. You can make it whatever you want.

Getting started with Visual and Creative Thinking Encourage actual play and fun Create an open environment Start a School Practice, Practice, Practice Look beyond the obvious

The Final Lesson The Five Acts

It wasn’t the fact that he died... but rather the life he led before that.

The Wisdom of 82 Years... If I had my life to live over, I’d try to make more mistakes next time. I would relax, I would limber up, I would be crazier than I had been on this trip. I know very few things I would take seriously anymore. I would take more chances. I would take more trips, I would scale more mountains, I would swim more rivers and I would eat more ice cream and fewer beans. I’ve been one of those people who never went anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, and a parachute. I would start barefoot earlier in the spring, and I would ride more merry-go- rounds, and catch more golden ring, and greet more people, and pick more flowers, and dance more often. If I had to do it all over again. But you see...I don’t - Anonymous

The Wisdom of 82 Years... If I had my life to live over, I’d try to make more mistakes next time. I would relax, I would limber up, I would be crazier than I had been on this trip. Thi k samthings I would takenseriously anymore. I wouldntakeen I know veryefew e v T h of life e d e more chances. I iwould ply a I would n the aptake more trips,nd work scale more mountains, life is I princ ples s. as a s s I would swim more busineand rivers s I would eat imorev ice cream and fewer sine da ly a d entu bu beans. asion c to iss out. re an oc n g to. I’ve been on’t m those people who never went anywhere without arisi D one of orth w thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, and a parachute. I would start barefoot earlier in the spring, and I would ride more merry-go- rounds, and catch more golden ring, and greet more people, and pick more flowers, and dance more often. If I had to do it all over again. But you see...I don’t - Anonymous

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