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How to Have Creative Ideas: 62 Games to Develop the Mind

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Everybody wants to be creative. Creativity makes life more fun, more interesting and more full of achievement, but too many people believe that creativity is something you are born with and cannot be learned.

In How to Have Creative Ideas Edward de Bono - the leading authority on creative thinking - outlines 62 different games and exercises, built around random words chosen
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 26th 2007 by Vermilion (first published April 2007)
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Sebah Al-Ali
Dec 19, 2009 rated it liked it
فكرة الكتاب الأساسية تدور حول استخدام جدول من الكلمات مزود في آخر الكتاب بشكل خارج عن المألوف لإنتاج أفكار إبداعية . أعجبتني كثيرا فكرة اللعب على الكلمات .

و أيضا ، كما الكتاب السابق الذي قرأته عن الإبداع الفكري ، يؤمن الكاتب أن الإبداع الفكري ليس إلا مهارة يتم تنميتها بالتمرس ، من خلال تمارين يومية .

مما اقتبسته من الكتاب :
The use of creativity and the practice of creativity is the best way to develop the mental skill and the mental habits of creative thinking.

With creativity, there is no 'righ
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
There's not much that is new here. de Bono repeats a lot of what he has written previously and even within the book many of the "games" he describes are very similar. They all fall back to selecting random words and using these to generate new insights and ideas. Actually, it does work, but as de Bono writes in "Game 1", the "Random Input" method was first described by him in 1972 so if you have read some of his other work, there's probably not much point in adding this to your bookshelves. If y ...more
Sarrah ANJ
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Simple and effective ways and exercises to improve your thinking skills and creativity .. Edward De Bono , I'm so Thankful :) ...more
Manik Ratan
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life changing Lessons !!
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The author offers us 62 games proposals, based on his first studies of the 70s on the creative thinking that he called "lateral thinking". "Perceptual creativity" and "Constructive creativity" are the two ways to approach tasks in order to promote creativity in general and raise new points of view to any problem or situation that requires it. The games consist of using the tables of "random words" and "random numbers" with the instructions that correspond to each game.It is a methodical way of p ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Playing with words to train your creativity,
yeah well, that’s the purpose of this book anyway.

I’ve been doing this unconsciously my whole life though,
so not so much newness has been added to me.
yet there may be some variations which act as a bonus brain activity,
so yeah, it’s some good content there to improve certain skills.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do you learn anything? Not really!
Is it fun? Hell yeah!

Very good if you're going through a writers block and want some way of figuring out where to go or what to do!
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I love how this book challenge our mind.. But I will love so much when make the problem like story and the random words are creative ideas 👍🏻
sergio pizarro greibe
Práctica muy interesante

Un buen libro que debe acompañar a cualquier lector que quiere hacer las cosas distintas y aportar a su trabajo
Entretenidísimo y superútil.
Shad Engkilterra
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Helpful and fun exercises for those who want to have more ideas.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es ideal para aquel que quiera entrenar la generación de ideas basadas en las restricciones que impone el uso de palabras aleatorias y las acciones que se proponen en los ejercicios.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the idea to develop thinking through these practices.
(Read in Hungarian.)
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What comes to mind when you think of creativity? Do you naturally associate creativity and artistic talent? Have you always assumed that creativity is something that just happens, that it can’t be forced?

In reality, creating ad hoc without direction or objective generally accomplishes very little. Lateral thinking, on the other hand, brings forth alternatives and possibilities that are “outside the box”. This type of thinking is in fact a skill that can not only be taught but needs to be exercis
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
All the exercises in this book involve random words. This can become monotonous and boring.

Some of the exercises are useful and engaging whilst with some you get the impression that the author was just trying to fill up space for the book.

The useful exercises can be a very handy aid for teachers and lecturers of a wide range of subjects towards encouraging creativity in the classroom .
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I like this book and i do believe that this book can make you creative, especially when you stuck at some random words that don't have any relation or whatsoever with the task. Anyway,i think it was fun to do some of the games when you feel bored or need something fresh but remember; you have to follow the rules :) ...more
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amazing one from Ed Bono. Worth retaining the book lifelong. Loved the games
Andrea James
The games seem reasonable enough. I should review this book again in a couple of years' time once I've actually practiced the exercises. ...more
Derrick Trimble
All activities are based on the verbal-orientation of using random words to stimulate 'lateral' (aka divergent) thinking. ...more
Jan Bertil
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Edward de Bono shows you how to free yourself from your habitual thought patterns.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Only used by those who desire creativity in BUSINESS..
Apr 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Not bad, all concepts are similar in structure, but have a very high practical use. If you need to generate ideas, then the book with help you without all the conceptual guff.
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Edward de Bono is a Maltese physician, author, inventor, and consultant. He is best known as the originator of the term lateral thinking (structured creativity) and the leading proponent of the deliberate teaching of thinking in schools.

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