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Resources for Design Thinking and the Creative Process, Art and the Practice of Innovation

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

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

      The creative and entrepreneurial meta-skill of writing well

      Risk and opportunity in current technological trends