Vincent Nolan is an extraordinary and infectiously enthusiastic man who was Chairman of Synectics, the international creativity and innovation consultancy. Since retiring Vincent has focused on introducing business creativity methods into education through the Registered Charity, Synectics Education Initiative (SEI) Vincent is writing Thriving an article on the links between emotional intelligence and creativity. Below a sneak preview from the draft:
"From the point of view of Emotional Intelligence, the most interesting aspect of brainstorming is that the simple expedient of outlawing judgement (whether positive or negative) creates an emotionally safe environment which releases ideas. The ideas were presumably in the heads of the people involved, but not expressed before the brainstorming session. It raises the question “what else do people suppress, as well as ideas, for fear of a negative reaction?”
Brainstorming for collective and individual ideas is such an exciting process in an emotionally safe, trusting and non-competitive environment. Do you have a room in your school filled with visual and art materials for bringing ideas to life?
Thriving looks forward to drawing on Synectics as a tool for promoting communication and creativity skills in education . . . in science, art, maths, drama, biology, geography, PSHE, music, history, creative writing, IT, graphics, student voice. . . . . . . :-) <a href="http://bp2.blogger.com/RcwHpax0Ens/RnJSAVi9YHI/AAAAAAAAAMo/zDlnFhzvo7g/s1600-h/brainstorming.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;" src="http://bp2.blogger.com/RcwHpax0Ens/RnJSAVi9YHI/AAAAAAAAAMo/zDlnFhzvo7g/s400/brainstorming.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGERPHOTOID_5076209895737221234" /></a>