In Memoriam

I want simply to post two quotations in memory of Steven Jobs, one of the most influential creative thinkers, and creative actors, of our generation. The first was sent to me by a friend today and the other comes from Noreena Hertz:

From Jobs:

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

And from Noreena Hertz:

By surrounding ourselves with divergent, discordant views, all the research now shows that this actually makes us smarter… [This] goes against our instincts to surround ourselves with opinions and advice that we already believe or want to be true.

RIP

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About reflectionsandrotations

I'm an educator and coach with a special interest in fostering creative thinking, designing effective learning environments, and building communities of learners
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