IN the shower with Picasso

How to become more creative

Picasso took showers to get new ideas. Jørgen Leth takes a walk...... Can the rest of us learn from this and in that case, how? Lene Tanggaard and I have written a book about creativity and how we can all learn to work with our creativity both in a personal as well as cooperative business.

We both believe that everyone has the ability to become even more creative and that it is important to become so. Creativity and inventiveness are essential abilities which we should all seek more.

It’s a lot about getting the information about how creativity works, that’s a good way of getting started. You know, you cannot force creativity, however, you can enable it. We think more creatively when we think slowly.

The brain thinks in different modes: Quick thinking when a child runs out in front of your car and you make a quick reaction; Medium thinking when we are analyzing problems; and Slow thinking when we are thinking creatively. This means that we can facilitate creativity through a slow focus around the subject of matter.

Also important is the idea of quantity equals quality, exploring the edge of the box, thinking in cross pollination and exploring other subject matters.

We don’t become more creative just by being different, since we must create something which has value to other people. A deeply found knowledge or know-how are requisite for creativity since it is often on the edge of different areas, the edge of the box, that something creative will bloom.

We have interviewed quite a lot of the most creative thinking minds in Denmark and the book describes the impact a shower, a walk or even a break have on each interviewee’s creativity. Lene and I also share our own experiences and how we practice creativity in our work.

“In the Shower with Picasso” features interviews with Ami James, Peter Kreiner, Bjarke Ingels, Søren Raasted, Ingolf Gabold, Jesper Elg, Peter Stenbæk, Jørgen Leth and designers and Creative Directors from Lego.

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The BOok

"In the Shower with Picasso – How to become more creative."

In 2012, Lene Tanggaard (Professor and PhD) and myself wrote a book about creativity and how we all can learn to work with our creativity, both in a personal as well as in regard to cooperative business.

We both believe that everyone has the ability to become even more creative and that this is important. Creativity and inventiveness are essential abilities which we should all seek to develop more. A good way of getting started is to get information about how creativity works. You cannot force creativity, however, you may enable it.
This is exactly the purpose of this book, how to enable your creativity.

To learn more about the subject of creativity check out my lectures and speeches here.

Please find reviews of the book in DJØF here and in Politiken here

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Four Different languages

"In the Shower with Picasso" was translated into English in 2014 and has since been translated into three other languages, Japanese (picture), Korean and most recently Chinese.


 

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"In the shower......" in borneo

Me and Lene Tanggaard's book has travelled all the way to Borneo!
Christian Heide, study director at “The Danish Academy of Fine Arts/Schools of Visual Art,” also an entrepreneur, all around a really great guy with a lovely family who are dear family friends of Alice Brunsøe, is pursuing his lifelong dream by being at Borneo, where he with Danida is building a Center for Innovation - Strong!… And “In the shower with Picasso" has also become a part of the curriculum.

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Download first chapter in Danish

You may download the first chapter of the Danish version of "In the Shower with Picasso" here.

Enjoy!

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