Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Take the Risk

Reflection: After reading this article, two main things that stood out to me is to take risks and to have faith. Even though many other countries may be more advanced than the United States, what they lack is the ability to take risks. Steve Jobs was an incredible innovator because he was able to take risks and have faith. Jobs stated “sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith”. He was fired from Apple which was a hard hit. However, when he was rehired, he was able to accomplish a lot more. This article certainly has me thinking about what else can be created if we all take more risks and have more faith. I believe the traditional mindset of “playing it safe” has to be first erased to move into the direction of creating, innovating, and taking risks.

Bibliography: LOHR, STEVE. "Reaping the Rewards 0f Risk-Taking." N.p., Aug. 2011. Web.

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Three Kinds of Creativity (Week 7)

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Reflection: Creativity is a subject that is constantly being developed. It amazes me that people were able to create more with less compared to the creativity progress now during the 21st century. Today we have more information and materials available to us and yet there is “only a small incremental change over past practices, rather then large leaps”, as stated in the article. For example, having access to encyclopedia and than having access to the internet through the use of computers was a large leap. Today, the incremental changes consist of the shift from having a cord connected to a mouse of a computer to having a cordless mouse. Though there has been small changes made, it still does not take away from how important these changes have been.

On another note, this article taught me that there are three different kinds of creativity, which are technology, economic, and cultural and artistic creativity.
 I particularly am fond of cultural and artistic creativity the most. Cultural and artistic creativity is about coming up with a new way of thinking about anything including pictures, designs, and much more. To me this can also include quotes since they help you see life from a different perspective. For instance, the following quotes I took note of a while back made me think of things in a new way:

“The value you put on people is completely related to the value you see in your self.”

“Where there is uniqueness there is no competition.”

“If your presence doesn’t make an impact, your absence won’t make a difference.”

Bibliography: Creativity รข€“ the economy's key ingredient. (2013, October 25). artsHub Australia. Retrieved October 23, 2013, from

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What Do Creative People Look Like? (Week 6)

When I read the title, “What Do Creative People Look Like?” , my thought was “yea, what do creative people look like?”  I saw several faces but the one that intrigued me the most was Alisa Weilerstein because, we is a women in her 20’s and she lives in New York.  The most creative thing from the video to me was the fact that her first cello was made out of a cereal box.  This shows me that imagination can bring you anywhere. This also shows me that creativity can definitely be taught. Though Alisa comes from a family that has a background of arts, she learned, studied and practiced how to play the cello for many years.


"Alisa Weilerstein — MacArthur Foundation." MacArthur Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2013.
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"Design Thinking" (Week 6)

The truth is we all have the ability to innovate, we just have to exercise that ability. The ability to innovate can be done through several techniques where students “define the problem themselves through research and direct observation”. What I personally love learning about this concept is that students are given room to fail. In a traditional school setting, students are not looked at in a well manner if they fail. In this case, failing and taking risks are promoted to entice students to administer “design thinking” as David Kelly would say.

To add to this article, this school can even reach out to other people who have great ideas but don’t necessarily know how to expand on those ideas. Once the class expands their idea, it can be made into a company that can potentially give back to the school to help more people.


"Innovation 101: Stanford's Teaches Students to Be Creative -" The Wall Street Journal - Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News & Video - Wall Street Journal - N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2013. <

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Google Hangout Recap Blog (Week 6)

Although everyone was unable to attend the Google Hangout today, it went pretty well. Bonnie and I were the only two on. We discussed what the class experience was like for us so far. We talked about the blogs we created as well. What interested me the most was our discussion on how this class has led us to be more open-minded. For instance, before this class, I didn’t think forgiveness had anything to do with creativity, but it does. We are looking forward to know what other great things this class will lead us to.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Can Forgiveness Affect Your Creativity?

Title: Can Forgiveness Affect Your Creativity?

Reflection on: A Brain on Forgiveness (Week 5)

This article has taught me several things. First off, I had no idea where in the brain  hard disappointments were stored. They are stored in the brain’s basal ganglia, which can cause you to be bitter, and even confine you from being well within similar experiences in the future. Since stress and disappointments are stored into your brain, you can replay them over and over in your mind, which does not do you any good. This is where forgiveness comes into play. Forgiveness allows your brain to be able to move forward so that you won’t be stuck on that particular situation. After reading this article I have learned that forgiveness is much bigger than making peace with the other person who has hurt you. It is about your own well being as well.

In addition to this article that I found to be quite interesting, I found a YouTube video that goes into a deeper realization of  what forgiveness really is. After watching this video, I truly believe not forgiving someone can stop you from being creative. Please share with me if you believe the same or if you think differently.


A Brain on Forgiveness – Brain Leaders and Learners. (n.d.). Brain Leaders and Learners. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from

Oprah's Forgiveness Aha! Moment - Oprah's Lifeclass - Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube. (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Transliteracy.... A Skill?

Reflection: There are some things in life that has to change, including being transliterate. Transliteracy is a term that even some libraries are unfamiliar with. Transliteracy is about combing text literacy, visual literacy and digital literacy to see their relations to one another and to see how they interact with one another. Transliteracy is about dissecting the relationship between technology and people. The article “Introducing Transliteracy”, written by Tom Ipri, raises a good question of whether transliteracy should be “set in stone” as a skill. In my opinion, it should be because soon people will not be able to function properly without it in society. Eventually, everyone will have to learn this “skill” in order to be productive. How much of this will be teachable, I believe all depends on the different levels of transliteracy there will be. Just as there are different grade levels of literacy, the basics is what should be taught, which is where the libraries would come into play. However, there won’t be a way to fully be aware of this, until, transliteracy becomes more developed.

Bibliography :  Ipri, T. (n.d.). Introducing transliteracy . College & Research Libraries News . Retrieved October 7, 2013, from

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