Monday, February 17, 2020

Weekly Book Challenge #4 - The Creativity Challenge, by Tanner Christensen

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Paint, Makeup, Girl, Cosmetics, Color, Creativity

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul"
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The first thing I remember about seeing a group of people playing music several years ago was the overwhelming feeling I've had. It almost crushed my chest: it was a mixture of excitement, astonishment, admiration and a strong desire to do it. I needed that for me.

At that point, my creative journey has changed from a purely mathematical point of view to something more like a Gesamtkunstwerk (yes, Google it).

Anyway, for years the theme "creativity" has crossed my mind as one of the most fundamental ones to be understood and developed.

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This book, by Tanner Christensen, is at first glance a very simple book; however, behind its underlying simplicity lies a complex string of ideas and concepts regarding creativity.

He begins by presenting the structure of his book: a series of simple actions and challenges designed to improve one's creativity. They are classified into categories, according to what he calls "different modes of thinking:" convergent, divergent, lateral, aesthetic and emergent.

His idea about the book is to allow the reader to randomly open one of the pages and do the challenge it contains.

Of the 150 challenges (the last one is the funniest!), I've completed about one third of them. All I can say is that it is a really interesting book, with some really amusing activities being presented.

If you, like me, are striving to develop creativity, this book is a great start.

Amazon link for this book
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About Ricardo Prins
Ricardo Prins is a Software Engineer who thinks that technology is not the answer to all our problems.

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