BAD – Bold Act of Defiance

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The MOOC Creativity, Innovation, and Change is getting more and more fascinating, mostly because we all learn interesting things about ourselves. To me this means looking at things in a very different way than I used to. I find the course very inspiring.

Here is this weeks exercise. The assignment was: Complete at least one “Bold Act of Defiance.”

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My Life Ring

The Life Ring assignment is an exercise, where you put a driving force in your life at the center and surround it with key categories. These contain outcomes and strategies to achieve the outcomes. There is also a WIG, a Wildly Important Goal which you set yourself for the next quarter. The BIGs are Building Blocks of an Important Goal and can be done in a few minutes or a day… in any case, they help you to get where you want.

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Creativity, Innovation, and Change

I signed up to this coursera course just for the fun of it and because someone in the Science Fiction and Fantasy course had recommended it. It now turns out that this is not only fun and entertaining but also very, very enlightening. The second week has started, and we’ve moved beyond the introduction and the fun assignment of building a shoe tower towards a more structured approach towards creativity. First and most important lecture: everyone is creative, always, from birth until death. Second, for me, very important lecture: the way we approach our creativity is highly personal and recognizing this, and how other people approach theirs, can help us understand each other better. I still have a lot of reading to do, but I’ve done the Creative Style Exercise and scored 46: Mildly adaptive. I’ll post more on this later after I’ve done my reading, but it fits me to a T.

The Shoe Tower Project

Coursera addict that I am, I spontaneously signed up to the highly recommended coursera course Creativity, Innovation and Change.

The assignment for the first week is to create a shoe tower. The assignment is thus:
Build the tallest free-standing tower you can make entirely of shoes. Also think aesthetically, how beautiful is your shoe tower? How much art can you add to it (shapes, colors, etc.)? No other materials are allowed besides shoes (i.e., no string, tape, glue, etc.).

The first problem arose: I don’t have that many shoes. And: I live in two places and the shoes are not all in one place. This is my meagre resource:


shoes and paper