Summary of The 6 Characteristics of Truly Creative People

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Tina Seelig, the executive director of Stanford University’s Technology Ventures Program, knows a thing or two about innovation. For her, creativity isn’t a mysterious process but the result of a blend of factors that together generate new insights and ideas. In a lively presentation, Seelig introduces what she calls the “innovation engine” and examines its six components. Her framework empowers every individual to contribute to the creative process.

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Tina Seelig is the executive director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.



Unleashing your creativity requires the right blend of personal and environmental factors. The “innovation engine,” a framework that helps people conceive of and realize new ideas, has six interconnected components:

  1. “Imagination” – To hone your creativity, reframe problems to hit upon new answers. Instead of asking questions with one right answer – say, what is the sum of 5 + 5? – ask what two numbers add up to 10. Or seek out new connections and combinations. The Japanese art of chindōgu invites creators to forge “un-useless inventions” that surprise and delight. Try to challenge existing assumptions to gain a new perspective.

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