…you were "exactly" what we needed!
Diane Traffar,
Catholic Health Initiatives

WOW! Does that suffice? You guys were absolutely terrific. Here are some of the comments: "One of the best keynote speakers that I've ever heard. Can they come back next year with different stuff?" "Please have them next year!"
Marilee Bell,
Training Coordinator
Oregon Department of
Human Services


Creativity Central History
Charlie Girsch

Use this page to find a variety of tools, downloads, fun websites and quotes about creativity.

If you have something that you'd like to submit, we'd love to hear from you. We add to this page when the spirit moves us.

Creativity Central Downloads

Creativity Diploma

CC Diploma
Everyone wants to know what it takes to be creative. There are many different answers to that question. However, no one can be deemed creative without a diploma from the PHACULTY of Creativity Central.

Did we mention that it is suitable for framing?
Download our Diploma.

Creativity Poster
"No Same Old" Poster
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"No Same Old" Poster
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Guidelines for Ideas
I.Q. Test to Honor Ideas

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Inventivity™ Permission Slip

Inventivity Permission Slip
Print the following Permission Slip and fill it out. Keep it in your wallet, your purse, on the corner of your mirror, or anywhere you are likely to see it-reminding yourself of the Seven Practices of Inventivity™.
Download your Permission Slip.


Download our Stretch~ercise™ sheet.

Cross Train Your Brain!
The brain is one of the finest computers ever designed---a true super computer. Its speed, ability to sort information, and the size of its hard disk are beyond our understanding. Yet we often leave it idling. Our Stretch~ercises™ are simple exercises designed to take you out of the comfort of your routines, thereby forcing your brain to make new connections. This in turn causes dendrites to open and neurons to flow. Once stretched, you will grow in your capacity and willingness to think and act uncommonly.

For example, if you move your watch from its usual place to your other wrist it feels strange, doesn't it? Have you noticed how much larger one wrist is than the other? Try keeping it there for a day. Though you'll probably want to move it back, you'll be pushing your comfort zone by keeping it there. Every time you look for the time, your brain will be challenged just by that very simple act.
Creative juices will flow.

You can do a Stretch-ercise™ every once in a while or you can do one (or more) every day. Either way, they are guaranteed to get you thinking in new directions. You'll find yourself seeing things differently. You'll enjoy the changes that you make. The whole point is to be more open to the possibilities around you and less reliant on your "Same Old" style.

An open and creative mind will always find better solutions. Stretch~ercises™ are a good way to start your commitment to an open mind. The following download is just a small sampling. Our book contains a whole section of Stretch-ercises™ and our homepage provides one daily.

Download our Stretch~ercise™ sheet.

Fun Stuff on the Web

The Onion
An extremely funny newspaper. A reminder not to take ourselves too seriously.

A storehouse of information and research on the topic of Urban Legends and Urban Myth. Wondering if that email about Bill Gates sending you money is true? Check here.

If you love Fire Works you'll love this site where you can create your very own celebration at the "click" of a mouse, or as many "clicks" as you have in you. Happy New Year, Fourth of July or any old celebration you can conjure up!!

Hope you are ready for some Tread Mill Dancing. Just when you thought Dancing With the Stars was the latest and greatest, you get this opportunity to enjoy the endless creativity of these dancers.

Ever wonder how Jackson Pollock got his start? Here's a little program to introduce you the fun and enchantment of his style. Every "click" of the mouse changes the color … you won't be able to stop!!

Creativity and Education are the hallmark themes emerging from the 2006 TED conference. In the attached closing remarks, Sir Ken Robinson puts forth some sobering thoughts about the import of education as we prepare for a future that we can not predict.

Mr. Picasso Head
Another very fun drawing program.

A facinating look at the sources of new words.

Powers of 10
An interesting web site with views from the Milky Way down into the subatomic layers inside a human being.

Word Play
A marvelous way to stretch our minds is to play with words. You can sign up at the Merriam Webster site (at no cost to you) for a Word For The Day. Once there you can do one or all of the following: see if you can guess the first or second meaning of the word; see if you can determine the Latin or Greek or other derivation; make up your own meaning.

Kaleidoscopes have a special attraction for young and old alike. We use the Kaleidoscopes as a metaphor to illustrate how by simply changing your Point Of View (POV) you get a whole new picture. Here's an opportunity to create your very own Kaleidoscope … enjoy!!

Despair!! Tired of all those Motivational pieces covering the walls of your life: check out this site for some inside-out-of-the-box thinking and a good chuckle.

Creativity Quotes

The greatest living contemporary artist is the Creative uninhibited child at play.
Roger Von Oech

Fear colludes with our most conservative self and allows us to stop before we try, dismiss before we think, mock before we imagine.
Carol Lloyd

Creativity and Violence start from the same wellspring of human emotion.
Rollo May

We have to believe that a creative being lives within ourselves, whether we like it or not, and that we must get out of its way, for it will give us no peace until we do.
Mary Richards

It takes courage to be creative; just as soon as you have a new idea you are in a minority of one.
E Paul Torrance

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing, creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens and he opens the way for a better understanding.
Robert Henri

There is no use trying said Alice. "One can't believe impossible things." "I dare say you haven't had much practice, When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Lewis Carroll

Explore something completely different everyday; try out a new recipe... read a new author or point of view... listen to an unfamiliar song... add a new quote to your journal... sing or dance for no reason at all... take a long quiet walk... hug a friend...wave to kids on the bus.
Margie Lapanja

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