Friday, February 24, 2006

Right Brainer's Delight

Well my creative freakazoid right brain thinkers, guess what?

You are the new Cool Thing.

20 years ago it was Revenge of the Nerds, when the slide rule crowd got their day in the sun as highly paid tech geeks and wizards. Now their jobs are getting outsourced faster than you can say Bangalore Boogie. What's the "new" cool trait to possess?


Oh really? That's important? (Ahem!)

I salute all my fellow right brain thinkers and invite you to step out from the shadows and be a part of the solution for our world.

(If you're a left-brainer who happened upon this page, worry not! Here lie the solutions for you. Keep coming back and look at my website for more support to get your creative jumpstart.)

For all you Liberal Arts majors and Renaissance People, I urge you to come out and wave your banner!

For all the Chronic Crafters and Diehard Artists, show your stuff!

Dyslexics, ADDers, and Mental Giants step on up and teach us your secrets!

Poets, writers, dreamers, and schemers, this is the time when your visions will be valued.

Folks, we need to appreciate this while it lasts (don't get lulled into complacency). The world is asking for your skills now.


Remember when all the creative people were rounded up and told they needed to learn employable skills? Placed in those concentration camps called "technical schools" and "real jobs", they secretly nursed creative urges in the confines of their own minds.

Slowly, they leaked their creativity into the mainstream with socially acceptable knitting circles, cigar box purses, and a surge in Do It Yourself projects. Behind these Trojan Horses, other things snuck in: out of the box thinking, turning concepts upside down and backwards for a new approach, personal development as a key to broader thinking.

From schools to entrepreneurs to big bad corporations, creativity is the sabor for today. Here are a few great resources to show how your creativity can fit into the employable world.

Reading, Writing, and Creativity
Education guru Sir Ken Robinson talks about the importance of nurturing innovative solutions in the classroom -- indeed, in every aspect of modern life

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
The era of "left brain" dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which "right brain" qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate. That's the argument at the center of this provocative and original book, which uses the two sides of our brains as a metaphor for understanding the contours of our times.

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