Creative theorist/pioneer intro

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi:

He is famous for his work in the study of happiness and creativity, and is best known as constructing the notion of “flow”. He encourages positive thinking.

Edward de Bono:

He is regarded by many as the leading authority in the field of creative thinking, innovation and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He is also renowned for his development of the Six Thinking Hats technique and the Direct Attention Thinking Tools. He is the originator of the concept of Lateral Thinking.

Teresa Amabile:

She is primarily known for her research on how the work environment can influence creativity and motivation has yielded a theory of creativity and innovation; methods for assessing creativity, motivation, and the work environment; and a set of prescriptions for maintaining and stimulating innovation.

Roger Von Oech:

He is the author of three creative thinking classics: A Whack on the Side of the Head, A Kick in the Seat of the Pants, and Expect the Unexpected. His newest products are the Creative Whack Pack(app, virtual tool for overcoming mental blocks) for the iPhone and the X-Ball(physical tool to inspire creativity).

Graham Wallas:

He was known for his contributions to the development of an empirical approach to the study of human behavior. His  writings reflected a basic optimism toward social problems mixed with some skepticism. He was highly critical of contemporary social science for not being sufficiently scientific.

Sigmund Freud:

He was the father of psychoanalysis. He elaborated the theory that mind is a complex energy-system, articulated and refined the concepts of the unconscious, infantile sexuality and repression, and he proposed a tripartite account of the mind’s structure—all as part of a radically new conceptual and therapeutic frame of reference for the understanding of human psychological development and the treatment of abnormal mental conditions.

E. Paul Torrance:

He developed a creativity test(Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking TTCT). He also created the Future Problem Solving Program International.

J. P. Guilford:

He was well remembered for his psychometric studies of human intelligence and creativity. He was an early proponent of the idea that intelligence is not a unitary concept. He explored the multidimensional aspects of the human mind, describing the structure of the human intellect based on a number of different abilities.His work allows for greater appreciation of the diversity of human thinking and abilities, without attributing different value to different people.

Alex Osborn:

He was the father of Brainstorming. He made creative thinking and brainstorming household words.

John Cleese:

He is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on the Frose Report. In the late 1960s, he co-founded the comedy troupe Monty Python.

John Lennon:

He was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock band the Beatles, he most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.

Steve Jobs:

He was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.

Marcel Duchamp:

He was a French artist who broke down the boundaries between works of art and everyday objects. His irreverence for conventional aesthetic standards led him to devise his famous ready-mades and heralded an artistic revolution.

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Creative theorist/pioneer intro

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