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Steal like an artist๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ

I love Austin Kleon’s book on the subject and his 10 lessons to๐Ÿ’ฅunlock your creativity. 

My favourite: Limitations mean freedomโ˜€. He talks about the age of information abundance and overload๐Ÿคฏ, where having constraints actually allows you to concentrate on what is important๐Ÿ‘€

So brainstorms where we say, “the sky is the limit” ๐Ÿ”ญ are not that helpful. They’re paralysing. So, how might boundaries encourage greater creativity? I found this study from the American Society of Landscape Architects๐ŸŒณfrom 2006 where they tested if a fence would constrain children in their play. Turns out: on playgrounds without fences, children tended to gather around the teacher and were reluctant to stray far from their view๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ. On playgrounds that were fenced in, they ran around the entire playground, feeling more free to explore๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€. Pretty cool. With more constraints we actually get more creative to explore the far corners of what is possible within those boundariesโ†”โ†•. So next time you do a brainstorm, instead of pushing teams to think outside the box, make sure there is a clear box defined๐Ÿ“ฆ. hashtagconstraints hashtagcreativity hashtagdesignsprint hashtagthinkinsidethebox

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