The Innovation Bucket List

A bucket list is meant to be a list of everything you want to achieve, do, see, feel and experience in your life. If you don’t have a bucket list, start one. It's a process that can help you gain clarity and focus on what you want from your life, what holds meaning.

Most people who think that they don't have the time to develop a bucket list will eventually feel a little stuck in the grind of life. When you develop a bucket list it naturally clarifies what is important and helps to create a sense of purpose. Also, it gives you something to share with your significant other so you two can support each other in your life goals. I've found that as I achieve items on my bucket it provides a sense of balance in life. 

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The Power of Humor in Creativity

The hallmark of a really effective brainstorming is an abundance of genuine and heartfelt laughter. There’s a reason for this: laughter can help people solve problems that demand creative solutions, by making it easier to think more broadly and associate ideas/relationships more freely. This is scientifically validated by recent research that shows that people in a lighter mood experience more eureka! moments and greater inspiration.

Karuna Subramaniam, in research she did when she was with Northwestern University, found that boosting the mood of volunteers increased their likelihood of having an aha! moment as measured by their ability to solve a word association puzzle, the standard test for creative problem solving. Those who watched a comedy were measurably better at the task using insight than those who watched a horror film, or worse yet, a lecture about quantum electronics. 

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On the Nature of Hope and Its Significance in Innovation

The concept of hope has intrigued many scholars, including psychologists, philosophers, theologists, and doctors. Practitioners of virtually every healing art have recognized the importance of hope, which is probably the most important emotion underlying remission and well-being, and possibly for innovation too.

There are many questions about hope: Can we define it? Why do some individuals have more hope than others? Can hope be instilled or restored in those suffering from hopelessness? Finally, what is the value of hope—and for the purposes of this article, its value for innovators and entrepreneurs? How exactly does hope raise the ceiling of what is possible?

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Innovation Evolution

Just as humans evolve, so too does the process of innovation. Humanity is slowly getting better at it simply because our brainpower keeps growing. The theory of evolution proposes that as species evolve, they exhibit increasing diversity at every level of biological organization, all the way down to individual organisms and molecules such as DNA and proteins. So it would make sense that the evolutionary process would express upwards as well as downwards, in humanity’s most complex survival skill – ideation.

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