Stressed? Overwhelmed? Discover two actions you can easily take to cultivate creativity for groups and yourself. My work facilitating planning discussions throughout UC provides a robust ‘lab’ for enhancing group creativity.
When I’m not wearing my IT Director hat, I’m a writer, a poet, and a book designer. In fact, Berkeley’s reputation for innovation and work-life balance is what initially drew me to working at Cal twenty years ago. Work-life balance is a big plus for artists… Read more…
UC Berkeley is determined to maintain its excellence in the face of significant financial challenges, so we have to get creative in how we support our teaching, research, and public service activities. Part of the solution is to generate revenue in new ways, and that requires us to start thinking about innovative possibilities. That’s where my office comes in.
Hi Student Affairs. We want to share with you a brief story about a team that is building pride, trust and community in their workplace! Cal Dining provides meal service to approximately 33,000 customers on an average school day. They accomplish this miraculous feat with 350 career employees, roughly 400 student employees and a whole lot of teamwork.
Creativity is about challenging ourselves to think in new ways, and to be willing to explore places and spaces we think we already know well, or those we have never before visited. Just as important, creativity is also about basic things like developing good work habits, perseverance, and the absolute—fearless, in fact—willingness to try, and to try again. Most importantly, all of this must be grounded in ethics and values.
Norman Tom, who recently retired after a career at the College of Chemistry spanning several decades , doesn’t think of himself as an innovator; he modestly says he “just gets stuff done.” But his persistence and passion helped create valuable new professional development opportunities for staff. He’s a good example of how one person can quietly make a big difference.
This inspiring article from Maria Popova of Brainpicking.org draws on the very smart insights of many people from different fields on creativity. I especially appreciate this paragraph:
“Elizabeth Gilbert has a rather poetic term for this orientation of mind: “a state of uninterrupted marvel.” Bohm argues that we are born with it — a child, for instance, learns to walk by “trying something out and seeing what happens, then modifying what he does (or thinks) in accordance with what has actually happened.”
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