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A Whack on the Side of the Head

The creativityist has a good interview with Roger Von Oech. Roger is a creativity "guru" and author of several books. One such book is called, "A Whack on the Side of the Head".

I came across Roger when I was at our ministry's Communication Center back in the early 90's and I have always benefited from his insight and help toward bringing creativity into my ministry.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

Q: One of the recurring themes in A Whack on the Side of the Head deals with how we lose that sense of creativity we had as children. As a father with three little ones, this is a topic near to my heart. How would you suggest we stimulate and encourage our children to think creatively even when the educational system might be discouraging that?

I get this question a lot. The number one thing you can do for them is to be creative in your own life and work. You are your children’s role model. If they see that you are creative (and enjoy doing it), they’ll want to engage in creative behavior as well.

In addition, give them time to play. I find that I’m most creative when I’m “just playing around with a problem.” It’s important for them to learn the power of play, and not have them get sucked into a lot of structured activities.

Read the rest of the interview HERE


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