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 from a list, to help encourage creativity and lateral thinking. For example, if the task were to provide an idea for a new restaurant and the random word chosen was 'cloak', ideas generated might be: a highwayman theme; a Venetian theme with gondolas; masked waiters and waitresses. Or, if asked to make a connection between the two random words 'desk' and 'shorts', readers may come up with: both are functional; desks have 'knee holes' and shorts expose the knees; traditionally they were both male-associated items.
All the exercises are simple, practical and fun, and can be done by anyone.
Edward de Bono was 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.
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 you haven't read any of his work, then I think that some of the others are better; his "Six Thinking Hats" is probably a better place to start.
In this exercise we will think 4 Random Words and Then we will make a Review about this book
4 Random Words are
Book Edward de bono Random words Review
This book consists of 62 Random Words Exercises. Edward de bono repetitively used this exercise to train your brain. I think few exercises are useful or you can learn random words concept then you can play around these words to make or create anything.
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 provoking the imagination for the purpose we set ourselves.
El autor propone 62 propuestas de juegos, basados en sus primeros estudios de los años 70 sobre el pensamiento creativo que denominó "Pensamiento lateral". La "creatividad perceptiva" y la "creatividad constructiva", son las dos maneras de abordar las tareas de cara a fomentar la creatividad en general y plantear nuevos puntos de vista a cualquier problema o situación que la requiera.Los juegos consiste en utilizar las tablas de "palabras aleatorias" y "números aleatorias" con las instrucciones que correspondan a cada juego.Es una manera metódica de provocar la imaginación para el objetivo que nos propongamos.
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.
The point of this book is to grow your lateral and associative thinking skills by using random words as prompts to solve problems. One example - given four random words, explain why three belong together and the fourth is the odd man out. The idea is to encourage you to look for unlikely connections.
I don’t think it’s bad or wrong - it just doesn’t seem like fun.
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 exercised regularly.
Creativity Workout includes a series of exercises based upon random words. In each activity, the reader is asked to randomly choose one (or several words) from a chart in the book’s appendix. A task is then set to use this word (or set of words) in a particular way. The exercises are actually rather fun and can be used purposefully to address particular issues or simply to increase the potential for lateral thinking.
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 :)