Essays, podcast episodes and poems from the Food for Free Thought blog about design thinking and the creative process, art and the practice of innovation.
Art and innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship—perhaps in an effort to simplify, we draw a line in our thinking between them. But an entrepreneur is an artist of sorts, arranging resources, ideas and time to create a work that is greater than the sum of its parts. And the creative impulse is transformative and disruptive wherever it shows up.
“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six years down the road. But he has faith that it will happen.”
– Carl Joseph Ally, American advertising executive and founder of ad firm Ally & Gargano
“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”
– Edward De Bono, originator of “lateral thinking”
We’ve collected all of the Food for Free Thought essays, podcasts, poems and other resources related to design thinking, the creative process, philosophy of art, entrepreneurship and innovation. Please enjoy!
Mastering the creative process
- No Apologies: How to Face the Fear of Being Unpopular and Find Your True Supporters
- Austin Kleon’s “Show Your Work”: The Case for Doing Creative Work on a Public Stage
- Congrats, You Made It: A Very Short Word of Encouragement if You’re Learning and Growing
The philosophy of art and aesthetics
Design thinking: the discipline of creativity and innovation
What they don’t teach you about entrepreneurship in B school
- FFFT Podcast Ep. 1: Karl Rosaen – Reinventing Yourself, Survival as a Tech Entrepreneur, and How to Compete with AI
- On Launching a Social Business Startup, Listening to Inner Voices, and How Not to Get Annihilated
The creative and entrepreneurial meta-skill of writing well
- A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Guide to William Zinsser’s On Writing Well for Aspiring Writers, Writers, and Non-Writers