“What is the root of creativity and how can we unlock the power of imaginative thinking?” Here at Lincoln Center Institute we think about this question quite often. We turn to books and Web resources to gain insight into the subject, with authors discussing the latest theories in cognition, creative problem solving, and intrinsic motivation. After compiling a list of some of our favorite authors I noticed that quite a few of them are actually talking about this subject on a daily basis. So I have put together a list of these authors who are exploring the concept of imaginative thinking in their work—and in their lives—and posting about it on Twitter.
Twitter is a valuable tool that should not be overlooked! This social network creates communities through shared interests, and can help you connect with people and exchange ideas instantaneously. So take a glimpse at some of these imaginative thinkers and see what they are up to, what is inspiring them, and what they have to say at this very moment. I have also included a recommended book by each author, in case you wish to explore their theories in more detail.
Sir Ken Robinson: Author, speaker, and international advisor on education. Knighted in 2003 for services to education. Recommended book: Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Purchase or Find in a Library).
John Seely Brown: Self-proclaimed “Chief of Confusion.” Chief Scientist at Xerox 1992-2002. Recommended book (with John Hagel and Lang Davison: The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion (Purchase or Find in a Library).
Daniel Pink: Author, speaker, and theorist on what motivates us to work. Recommended book: A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (Purchase or Find in a Library).
Gever Tulley: Computer scientist, writer, and sculptor. Founded the Tinkering School summer camp for kids. Recommended book: Fifty Dangerous Things (you should let your children do) (Purchase or Find in a Library).
Joseph Coughlin: Director of MIT’s AgeLab, researches how demographic change can drive innovation in technology and business. Recommended article: “Disruptive Demographics, Design, and the Future of Everyday Environments” (Download).
Stephen Pinker: Cognitive scientist at Harvard University. Primary interests include research on language and the brain. Recommended book: How the Mind Works (Purchase or Find in a Library).
Edward de Bono: The originator of term “lateral thinking.” One of the first proponents of the idea that thinking can be taught. Established the World Centre for New Thinking in Malta. Recommended book: Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step (Purchase or Find in a Library).
Steven Pressfield: Historian, writer, and former Marine. Waited 17 years for his first book to pay off with the success of The Legend of Bagger Vance, now writes about the psychology of creation. Recommended book: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (Purchase or Find in a Library).
Deepak Chopra: Co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and author of more than fifty-five books, including fourteen bestsellers. Leading the field of human empowerment and mind-body healing, Time magazine has called Chopra “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.” Recommended book: The Soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness (Purchase or Find in a Library).
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