Creativity.

Why Creative People Age Better

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Do creative and artistically inclined people have advantages over the rest of us mere mortals who can barely draw a stick figure or whistle a simple tune? There are indications that individuals who are able to use their talents also tend to fare better in other ways, including their physical and mental health, compared to others whose existence mainly consists of repetitiveness and routine. Still, scientists have never been able to prove that creativity is indeed a contributing factor to humans' well-being.

Visionary on a Mission - Introducing Saki Mafundikwa

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Beverley Golden

There are people who believe you can't go home again. Saki Mafundikwa isn't one of them. Born in Zimbabwe, he exhibited an extraordinary talent for drawing from an early age, yet his options appeared limited, as the idea of "design" was unknown.

How to Slow Your Pace for Summertime

Paula Pyne | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Living
Paula Pyne

At the halfway mark of the year, it's a great time to regroup, reconnect, and recharge. This year has been moving at lightning speed and the pace, along with the ubiquitous change, has made for a challenging year so far. I've welcomed the slower pace of summertime this year and I've been reminded yet again that our current ways aren't working.

Canada Day: What Does the Colour Red Mean to You?

Shannon Skinner | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

This Canada Day has given me more than a reason to pause and celebrate. With all the waving of "red and white," it reminds me of how colour impacts our daily lives. In honour of Canada Day, let's take a look at the colour red and its impact on our culture.

This Could Be The Reason Why Some People Are So Creative

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Living

Shedding some light on the age-old question of whether creativity is a question of nature or nurture, researchers have identified "brain integration" ...

Get Off Your Hamster Wheel and Make Something

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

By the same token, he says you shouldn't feel bad about creating stuff that doesn't sell. Your art doesn't have to be what pays the bills. Also, getting really good at something requires iterations. Maybe your stuff won't sell at first, but keep at it. You'll get better.

10 Life Lessons from History's Most Famous Artists

Kim Smiley | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

Everybody's a critique. Paul Cézanne, the Post-Impressionist painter, was mercilessly ridiculed by critics when he exhibited with the Impressionists. Claude Monet's paintings were called "formless, unfinished and ugly." Aside from the art of perseverance, what can the greatest artists of all time teach us? Here are my top 10 takeaways.

Five Tips for Making Money as an Artist Entrepreneur

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There's a ton of information out there for anyone looking to create a traditional scalable business. And there's no shortage of incubators for tech startups in search of money and mentorship. But what about artists who are going solo and getting paid for their art?

Be Creative or Die Inside

Lacey Haynes | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lacey Haynes

I have experienced firsthand the internal withering that comes from slinking away from a creative existence. I have also felt the expansiveness, the joy and delight that comes from choosing imagination and possibility. I don't think it's too dramatic or petulant to say that life without imagination sucks.

Three Ways to Get a New Idea -- Fast!

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kelsey Ramsden

Here it is, the no holds barred answer of my top three truths about creativity. In my 12 years consciously studying my own creativity and those around me (and the 26 years I studied it unconsciously) I have found the following to be universally true...

How to Make 2014 Your Most Creative Year Yet

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

There's a lot of pressure on 20-somethings these days to discover your calling, define yourself or find your passion. We read blogs or hear speeches by creative types who are living the dream: they have that "spark" in their career, they're making something meaningful and they're loving it. Here's how you can as well.

How My Writing Allowed Me to Heal

Shaena Lambert | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Shaena Lambert

In February, 2012, as I worked to complete my book, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was thrust into a world of MRIs, visits to the cancer clinic, operations, radiation. I was afraid. Yet, to my surprise, I found myself writing in a more focused way than ever before, with more efficiency and less drama. Even on bad days, I headed to my desk. By disappearing into writing, I had a refuge, and to my surprise the stories I had been having trouble finishing finished themselves. The cancer may have nailed me, but I really felt, as I sat writing under that apple tree, that I was nailing it back.

Tomorrow's Einsteins Are Playing in the Key of G(enius)

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Researchers at Michigan State University just published a study drawing a strong line between creative arts and scientific acumen. The researchers found that, of 82 students who had graduated from science, technology, engineering and math programs at MSU's elite Honours College, 93 per cent had music training at some point in their lives.

If Other People Think Your Creative Ideas Are Crazy, Ignore Them

Anne Day | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anne Day

One story that Shapiro shared was of the challenges facing Houston Airport, where luggage would be available within eight minutes but passengers were at the luggage carousel within one minute and disgruntled about having to wait. The answer: airport staff created a longer path to collect luggage which took eight minutes, so luggage and passengers arrived at the same time.

How to Push Your Ideas to the Max

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Some years ago, I read an article that quoted an advertising guru who said: "An idea has no value unless you do something with it." Although I no longer recall the name of the adman, I have never forgotten his words. In a way, they began to transform my life.

What BlackBerry Could Learn From the VW Camper

Jon Packer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

Smartphone maker BlackBerry is on the ropes and we all know it. Amid the financial turmoil of this once Canadian icon, there was news that the humble VW Camper, itself an iconic brand, is set to be retired at the end of this year.

How to Make Friends and Inspire People

Tanya Raheel | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Tanya Raheel

It all starts with a conversation. A real, open and honest conversation about something that really lights you up. When you speak up and share that, you just never know who you might inspire. Here are three easy things you could consider doing today or this week to create something new:

On How "Normal" People Can Make it To the Top

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Excerpt from a communication I received after winning Canada's #1 Female Entrepreneur: "I opened my wife's Chatelaine Magazine while waiting for the ...

Return to The "Summer of Love" World Domination Summit Style

Beverley Golden | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada
Beverley Golden

It's taken me a few weeks to digest a question I've been living with: "What just happened?" It was a two-and-a-half day whirlwind of positive energy a...

How PR Is Extending Its Reach

Nick Cowling | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

The most common mistake companies make when engaging public relations in the marketing mix is trying to use it as a blunt instrument to simply sell to an audience. I want to issue a wakeup call on how to effectively use PR in a time where it's becoming increasingly more valuable.

Vancouver Creatives Need More Play for Young and Old Alike

Billie Kell | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Billie Kell

Creativity is the design of novel and useful products. Exploring the world through creative and innovative lenses results in solutions to challenges. Stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing play is essential. It's what creativity goes with and cities need to be more playful to keep talented creative people: which is why Emily Smith started the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.

Saving Capitalism from Itself

Richard Florida | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada
Richard Florida

This piece originally appeared in the Toronto Star. You don't have to be a Marxist to wonder if capitalism has run its course. Though the stock marke...

Daydreamers Are Better Learners

William Koch | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Living
William Koch

The most common view of the human mind assumes that our normal way of thinking consists of concentrated focus upon immediate tasks at hand. But researchers have found that this is not the case. Daydreaming is now considered to be the normal state of our minds, with focus appearing as a break from the more common mind wandering.

How Creativity Can Benefit You in Business

Erin Gee | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Business
Erin Gee

Most of us grow up on the belief that we're either creative or not. The number of times I've had colleagues tell me that they "just don't think that way" is shockingly high. But in actuality, creativity is a learned skill. Most of us grow up on the belief that we're either creative or not. The number of times I've had colleagues tell me that they "just don't think that way" is shockingly high. But in actuality, creativity is a learned skill.

I Hate Video Games, so Why is My Kid Playing Minecraft?

Paul Hughes | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

I was introduced to Minecraft by my son, who was nine at the time. I would ask him to stop watching Minecraft videos, which he seemed addicted to. When he started playing, I asked him to get off the computer and get outside. All parents do this, but few of us take the time to truly understand what it is our kids are really doing on that computer. Well my son, now 10, has taught me a huge lesson.