The Link: International Creativity Month

Creativity is reflected in human innovation and problem-solving endeavors throughout history. It is present in arts, education, technology, science, and in almost everything we do.  Creativity encourages children’s curiosity and helps them learn to think independently and critically. For adults, creativity inspires innovation, progress, and joy.  As we evolve as a species, creativity helps us evolve as a society.

January is International Creativity Month. Founded by motivational speaker and author Randall Munson, International Creativity Month is geared towards celebrating the power of creativity across the globe. Sources in this month’s newsletter illustrate how creativity is implemented in workplaces, in education, with food, with children, and across cultures.

Creativity in Work

100 Ways to Be More Creative at Work  

 Huffington Post (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mitch-ditkoff/workplace-creativity_b_3192893.html

Arianna Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of ten books. She has done numerous guest spots on political talk shows and news shows. Her blog attracts many well-known political figures and celebrities who comment on various events around the nation. In the Huff Post business section, readers learn how to express creativity in their jobs by reading the list of 100 examples on how to use creativity in the workplace.

5 Benefits Of Hiring Creative Employees

NEW! Careerealism

http://www.careerealism.com/hiring-creative-employees-benefits/

Careerealism was founded in 2009 on the idea of helping people solve their career and job search problems. The site evaluates and approves all contributors to ensure their content is cutting-edge and relevant. There are many ways to use creativity in the workplace, but what are the benefits of hiring creative employees? It is important to understand what creative people can do for a company and how these people can make a business even better. This article provides information on the benefits of hiring creative people in the workplace.

Motivating Creativity at Work: The Necessity of Others is the Mother of Invention

American Psychological Association (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2011/07/motivating-creativity.aspx

The American Psychological Association is a Scientific and professional organization representing psychologists in the U.S. It promotes health, education, and human welfare. This article explains how connecting employees to end users and encouraging pro-social motivation can create a more creative work environment. For instance, creating events, circulating stories between employees and end users, along with collecting data on end users perspectives allows employees to become motivated to share creativity with future projects.

12 Ways to Be More Creative at Work

U.S. News Online (find it on the ipl2)

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2011/07/19/12-ways-to-be-more-creative-at-work

This site from US News and World Report contains a lot of free content. The World Report financial section discusses 12 in depth ways to be more creative at work. Some of the examples included in the article are embracing diversity, thinking like a boss, branching out, and writing your ideas down. The article helps working individuals understand that everyone needs to add creativity to their working environment.

12 Ways Tech Companies Boost Creativity

Inc.com Technology (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.inc.com/ss/how-tech-companies-boost-creativity#12    

Inc.com Technology is the premiere U.S. publication for entrepreneurship. The site provides hands-on advice, case studies, and big-picture overviews on the state of small business in the U.S. In this slide show of companies, users receive an inside look at the ways tech companies are boosting creativity on a daily basis.

Creativity in Education

Student Creativity and the Common Core

NEW! Catapult Learning

https://www.catapultlearning.com/creativity-and-the-common-core/

Student Creativity and the Common Core is an article provided by Catapult Learning, which is an organization dedicated to helping struggling students in K-12 improve their academic achievements. This source explains how students across America in K-12 compete globally through common core by encouraging students to think creatively and innovatively.

The Lego Foundation (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.legofoundation.com/en-us/programs-and-partnerships/programmatic-focus/

The Lego Foundations and the Lego Group aim to encourage children to become future builders through the action of play. The Lego Foundations suggests that through play children are able to develop their skills as creative problem solvers, cultivate critical thinking, and establish a routine of collaboration. The Lego Foundation sponsors many international projects, from the World Robot Olympiad in Malaysia to robotics classes in Rural India, and from lectures on sustainable living in Copenhagen to creating global programs for children in environmental development. The Lego Foundation believes that play is training for the unexpected and attempts to give that training to children around the globe.

30 Ways to Promote Creativity in the Classroom 

NEW! Innovation Excellence

http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2013/01/10/30-ways-to-promote-creativity-in-your-classroom/

This article discusses the research of creativity in education performed by Sir Ken Robinson, David Hughes, and E. Paul Torrance, all of whom are advocates for more creative educational environments. The article offers 30 suggestions that could cultivate creativity in the classroom ranging from embracing creativity as a part of learning, the use of emotional connections to create ties to the classroom material, the use convergent and divergent thinking when creating assignments, to simply giving students time to ask questions, among many others. The majority of these suggestions illustrate the value of creativity in the classroom.

22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Edutopia (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/creativity-in-classroom-trisha-riche

Trisha Richie is a kindergarten teacher who offers 22 simple ideas for using young student’s natural creativity to encourage learning and increase comprehension. She categorizes her ideas into game learning, artsy activities, creative activities for science, students’ favorite things, and using creative time savers. Riche illustrates that creativity teaches students at young ages the art of innovation, thinking outside the box, improvisation, the benefits of taking risks, how to break the mold, and gives educators the chance of professional growth.

The Relevance of Creativity in Education

NEW! Johns Hopkins School of Education

http://education.jhu.edu/PD/newhorizons/Journals/spring2010/therelevanceofcreativityineducation/

Dr.Rosa Aurora Chavez-Eakle is the founder of the Washington International Center for Creativity and works for the Maryland State Department of Education’s Council for the Gifted and talented. In the article “The Relevance of Creativity in Education” written for John’s Hopkins University, Chavez-Eakle discusses creativity, how it affects the brain and a person’s temperament, and how creativity can help childhood development for children. Chavez-Eakle suggests that the key to providing quality education is creativity.

The Art Junction (find it on the ipl2)

http://artjunction.org/

Art Junction is a website that promotes student arts and collaborative art making online through Web 2.0 technologies like blogs, wikis, podcasts, photo and video sharing, social networks, and virtually. Art Junction experiments with promoting art education through web 2.0, to create Art Education 2.0.

Creativity and Food

National Geographic: Photo Gallery: Photographing Food

National Geographic (find it on the ipl2)

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/photographing-food

Learn how to find and set up creative photographs of food. This National Geographic photo gallery of gorgeous and intriguing images offers tips and advice for capturing the stories and moments surrounding food.

The Food Museum (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.foodmuseum.com/

Explore the eclectic FOOD Museum for articles, videos and links to discover the creative things people are doing and have done all around the world with food, about food, and to food. From vegetable gardens, to food-inspired camper vans, to a performance of “Food, Glorious Food” from the musical, Oliver, you will find inspiring ideas for getting creative with food and the FOOD Museum!

NEW! Incredible, Edible Crafts

http://ediblecraftsonline.com/index.htm

Learn how to make creative candy bouquets and interesting fruit and vegetable arrangements on this homey and informative site. There are also recipes and instructions for food crafts for children, creative food garnishes, and helpful tips for fun food presentation.

Food in the Arts (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.londonfoodfilmfiesta.co.uk/

This site provides a survey of the creative arts in connection with food. Themes include food in movies, music, literature, and art. Includes short essays on topics such as the movie “Like Water for Chocolate,” food in Puccini’s opera “La Bohème,” Hemingway and food, poverty, and still life paintings of food.

Poems About: Food

PoemHunter.com (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.poemhunter.com/poems/food/page-3

Visit this section on PoemHunter.com to discover hundreds of creative poems, classic and modern, about food. This collection of poetry is broadly representative and useful for information, reference and research.

Creativity and Children

Kid’s Crafts (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=12&cid=3&tid=4511&parent=4252

The ipl2 provides an extensive list of resources focused on crafts for children. There are links to sites that offer free coloring pages, instructions for crafts, things to do with friends and family, and much more.

PBS Parents Creativity

NEW! PBS Parents

http://www.pbs.org/parents/creativity/

This site from the Public Broadcasting Company offers all kinds of resources for parents to help their children explore their creative side. The site is divided into sections to help parents find the right activities. There are plenty of hints, tips, games, activities, and more for both children and parents to use online and offline.

Art Safari (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.moma.org/interactives/artsafari/

Part of the Museum of Modern Art’s website, this activity walks children through paintings and lets them explore and create stories as well as learn about the history behind some famous paintings.

Writing with Writers: Poetry (find it on the ipl2)

http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/index.htm

Listen to poets read their poems aloud, print up activity worksheets, or write and share your own poetry! This Scholastic site has resources for children, parents, and teachers. It also offers hints from famous children poets like Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzollo.

The Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation (find it on the ipl2)

http://invention.smithsonian.org/home/

This site offers resources for young people and curiosity seekers of all ages. There are videos and audio files as well as stories about inventions, articles, printables, and classroom activities. Anyone who wants to know more about inventions and how creativity has helped push people to make the world a better place will enjoy browsing all of the interesting parts of this site.

Creativity Across Cultures

Creativity Across Cultures (find it on the ipl2)

Slideshare.net

http://www.slideshare.net/wggriffin/creativity-across-cultures

This source provides a PowerPoint created by Jingya Huang, Danielle Latta and Katie McCarney at the Temerlin Advertising Institute, in which they explain what creativity is, how it differs between Eastern and Western cultures, how different cultures use creativity differently in advertising, the process models for creativity, and how creativity affects society.

Understanding Creativity, Across Sectors and Across Cultures

NEW! Phys.org                                                                                          

http://phys.org/news/2013-07-creativity-sectors-cultures.html

The CREATIVE project is an EU funded research venture that analyzes creativity across cultures. The Project is led by Otto Friedrich University in Bamberg, Germany. They will first document cultural differences in five different countries, then analyze reasoning skills when solving complex problems, then by analyzing the result they are able to create models for business or to encourage development. Phys.org covers how professionals are applying creativity and innovation to the fields of science, technology, and medicine.

Why Diversity is the Mother of Creativity

NEW! Innovation Management

http://www.innovationmanagement.se/imtool-articles/why-diversity-is-the-mother-of-creativity/

Innovation Management is a current and professional website that discusses how creativity can cultivate innovation in multiple disciplines. It provides informative articles written by international professionals in the fields of marketing, public relations, communications, consulting, and education. This article looks at how professional diversity can encourage creativity, creative thinking, and problem solving in people’s personal lives, on team projects, in companies, and how managers can coordinate creativity in team members.

The Link: Winter Doldrums

Is the winter weather getting to you? If so, this month’s newsletter has some ideas about beating the “winter blues.” This month we have some links for recipes that give food ideas for a warm and fuzzy feeling while still eating healthy. Exercise and a little light therapy will also help lift the spirits along with some silliness with the crazy holidays of January that can entertain you.

New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources can already be found in the ipl2 collection.

Winter Foods

Seasonal Recipes from Epicurious (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.epicurious.com/recipesmenus/seasonal/recipes?browseByAtt=157

Epicurious is a website that compiles recipes and categorizes them by type of dish, holiday recipes, and seasonal. This page for winter recipes includes recipes like roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, and butternut squash soup. Each recipe is user-rated based on “would make it again.”

Season Cooking – Winter (find it on the ipl2)
http://allrecipes.com/recipes/everyday-cooking/seasonal/winter/ViewAll.aspx

Allrecipes.com is another website that collects recipes, meal planners, nutrition information for each recipe, and detailed user reviews. The site is maintained by a community of home cooks. Each page of recipes can be sorted by user ratings or title of recipe. This seasonal cooking page has recipes for foods like pumpkin pie, spice cakes, and cranberry chutney.

NEW! Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
http://glutenfreegirl.com/category/season/winter/

This website is a blog maintained by a couple who lives a gluten-free lifestyle. They have also written a cookbook, which The New York Times listed as one of the top of 2010. This article is a collection of winter recipes that are gluten-free and delicious, including a roasted vegetable salad, snickerdoodles, and zucchini carapaccio.

Nontraditional Therapies

Light Therapy (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/light-therapy/MY00195

A detailed description of how light therapy works, risks involved, and expected results on the Mayo Clinic website.  This is the official site of the Mayo Clinic whose mission is to provide “useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise and standard of excellence of Mayo Clinic”.

Acupuncture Today: The Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Classical Points for a Contemporary Condition (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=28174

Acupuncture Today is a monthly newspaper that has served the acupuncture community since 2000.  It has articles and information about the ancient science of acupuncture.  This article outlines specifics about the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder, but also gives some general guidelines for staying healthy in the winter.

How Stuff Works: Is there a link between exercise and happiness? (find it on the ipl2)
http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/inside-the-mind/emotions/exercise-happiness.htm

HowStuffWorks is the website of Discovery Communications, and “is the award-winning source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works.”  This article discusses the connection between exercise and physical health, and has links to other sites where their information comes from.

Lift Your Spirits

NEW! January, 2013 Bizarre and Unique Holidays

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/january.htm

Have fun with that fruitcake you received for Christmas on “Fruitcake Toss Day” (January 2nd). This and other special days are explained on this website which tells a lot more about every holiday you can imagine. So check it out and read about “Bean Day,” “Blame Someone Else Day,” “National Hugging Day,” or “National Blonde Brownie” or National Popcorn” Days. These special days will lift your spirits during the month of January.

NEW! Bizarre, Crazy, Silly, Unknown Holidays & Observances

http://www.brownielocks.com/january.htm

For January 2013, a list of special month names for January, such as National Polka Month or National Soup Month, is given followed by special week names (No Name Calling Week) and special day names, such as National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day and Bubble Bath Day. One day that always comes up in January that is sure to make you feel better is National Hugging Day. Links are provided for many of the special events to give you more information.

KinderArt® January Crafts & Special Days (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.kinderart.com/seasons/jan.shtml

This website is sponsored by KinderArt which was created to offer art lesson plans and activity ideas to education. Click on “Seasons” and select a month to find the special days in that month with information about planned activities to help celebrate that special day. For January, each special day can have at least one special craft activity to learn more about that day.

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