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Freelance consultant, learning facilitator, and writer, founder of extreme-inventing.com, ooleee.net (with artist Gary King), knowledgecafe0151. Teach technology entrepreneurship at School of Engineering at University of Liverpool, UK. I have a longstanding and avid interest in Technology as a unique human phenomenon. I'm actively engaged in research on how enterprising individuals shape material culture through inventing and innovating, with palaeoanthropologists at the Dept. of Archaeology, Egyptology and Classics, also at University of Liverpool.

Creativity—it’s Natural

Although I prefer to use ‘inventiveness’ and not creativity, which is used so much it’s lost it’s value in discussions on inventing, this is a book that may be worth a look. Why? Because it confirms everything said here about extreme inventing—it’s normal. Let’s be clear, this is not (quite) a self-help book, even though in some of the promotional pieces you might be forgiven for thinking it is. Ruth Richards (she’s a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School) has brought the book together. In her opening to the introduction she says if we weren’t creative we would not be alive. ‘To cope with changing environments, we improvise, we flexibly adapt, we try this and that. At times, we change the environment to suit us—whether we are making a living, raising a child, feeding the family, writing a report, or finding our way out of the woods when lost. Far from being a minor or specialized part of our lives, our everyday creativity—our originality of everyday life—is, first of all, a survival capability. It is also a universal capability.’ She goes on to day that being creative, letting our inventive spirit take us over, can improve our health and well being. So there’s a bit of happiness economics here too. An overview from Psychology Today is here.

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