When I'm in need of a creative spark, one of the places I turn to for inspiration is the design consultancy, IDEO. Their founder, the brilliant David Kelley, built a company that not only reinvents brands, but more importantly, one that helps each of us rediscover what he calls, our creative confidence - 'the natural ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out.'
Inside each of us is an amazing reservoir of untapped imagination, but the sad irony is that few of us will ever claim it. Kelley attributes that to four crippling fears; fear of the messy unknown, fear of being judged, fear of taking the first step, and fear of losing control – those fears are certainly real, and it takes courage to face them; but in today's world, we must.
One of the recurring mantras at IDEO is "don't get ready, get started", and I can't think of a more timely blueprint than Bill Jensen's new anthology, Disrupt! Think Epic. Be Epic. In it, he shares 25 habits that anchor the thinking of today's greatest disruptors; it starts with questioning everything:
- x.ai Unveils the Future of Artificial Intelligence — When Dennis R. Mortensen hired his founding team members at x.ai, he pitched them by illustrating his vision of a world where everyone has a personal assistant to schedule their meetings. Recognizing the complexity of the challenge, he concluded by saying: “We may die trying.”
- The Power of Explosive Creation: How to Harness Your Creative Callings — If Steve Martocci could give everyone a fortune cookie with a customized saying inside he’d write: “Lost cookie. Please Return” with his name and address. “Imagine if I managed to reach the billions of people in the world. I’d love to see what kinds of letters I’d get back if I gave them a feedback loop,” he says.
- How Gatheredtable is Designing an Intuitive Product to Streamline Meal Planning — As someone who suffers from over 50 food intolerances, the convenience of meal delivery and planning services has yet to become a reality for me. While its impossible to accommodate circumstances like this at scale, my family and I are are equally in search of a service to streamline our meal planning efforts.
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