DailyDirt: Ingredients For Creative Environments

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There are many, many studies on creativity and possible ways to improve the creative output of a group. Monetary incentives are often presented as a way to get people to produce more ideas, but some studies show that money isn't actually a great motivator. Obviously, there are a lot of factors that can influence how creative people are, but it would be nice to isolate a few and see if we can eliminate some practices that are downright detrimental to creativity. It would be great if we found out what really could inspire people, but maybe we shouldn't put too much pressure on the researchers... because that might dampen their productivity. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jan 2015 @ 5:39pm

    How does anyone really measure creativity? Seems like bogus studies.

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jan 2015 @ 7:03pm

    collectivists have higher quality ideas? by whose standards?

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      Anonymous Coward, 29 Jan 2015 @ 7:55pm

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      It's easy enough to track down the original paper (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0148296314002872?showall%3Dtrue%26via%3Dihub), and your question is answered in their method section. If you have access to an academic library (or if you're willing to give money to the slimeballs who run Elsevier) you can read it for yourself.

      Or, of course, you could just continue to snipe and whine from a position of ignorance.

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      timmaguire42 (profile), 1 Feb 2015 @ 4:08am

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      I think they're referring to the famous ability of communist countries to out innovate market-based countries and better cater to their population's needs.

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    sparkydoc (profile), 31 Jan 2015 @ 5:55pm

    political correctness study

    The problem with this study is that the first exercise: thinking of examples of political correctness, is like a creativity warmup. I wonder what the results would have been if they compared to a group thinking of, for instance, where signs should be posted on campus.

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      timmaguire42 (profile), 1 Feb 2015 @ 4:11am

      Re: political correctness study

      This one I could actually believe--hollywood was much more creative under the old censorship regime. Those shackles require creativity to get the message out.

      But who in their right mind would rather live under that system?

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