Is the Campaign Promise to Smoke Pot Truly Creative?

by Lynn S. Schwebach  Promising to light up a marijuana joint if you win a congressional seat is original, but does it qualify as truly creative? “It’s certainly novel and original,” said Dean Keith Simonton, Ph.D., of the University of California, Davis. I asked Simonton this question regarding Andy Caffrey’s vow to light up on …

Creativity at Home or in a Coffee Shop?

Graphic designer Rachel Ridenour works on a logo design at Starry Night Coffee Shop in Fort Collins, Colo. by Lynn S. Schwebach Reclusive artists working in solitary studios are often the main characters in books and movies – their idiosyncratic natures providing fertile material for complex and interesting characters. Today we can add another type …

How Valuable Are Artists’ Thoughts?

  by Lynn S. Schwebach Eli Broad, founder of two Fortune 500 companies, billionaire, philanthropist, education reformer, and world-class art collector, said something essential about creativity this week. In an interview, Broad told Charlie Rose that he’s learned a lot from artists. When Rose pressed him about what he’s learned, he replied: “I’ve learned to …