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Creativity Rising:
Creative Thinking and
Creative Problem Solving
in the 21st Century


by
Gerard J. Puccio, Marie Mance, Laura Barbero Switalski, and Paul D. Reali 

Living Creatively in the 21st Century

The need for creativity has never been greater. In fact, we chose the title, Creativity Rising: Creative Thinking and Creative Problem Solving in the 21st Century, to reflect this belief. If we are to live healthy, productive lives in this century we must develop the mind-set and the skill set for effectively responding to and initiating change. Creativity Rising is both a why-to and how-to guide to help you create your own future. In this book we:

  • explore the nature of creativity
  • debunk common myths about creativity
  • describe the rapid rise of change in the 21st century
  • outline the time-tested Creative Problem Solving process, an approach to on-demand creativity

Creativity Rising is available in multiple formats, both print and electronic. Use these links for the format and seller of your choice:

  • Deluxe Color Edition, $44.95: exclusively at our online store
  • Standard Edition, $19.95: available from our online store or amazon.com
  • PDF Edition, $4.95: exclusively at our online store
  • Kindle Edition, $4.95: available at amazon.com
  • Library and Tax Exempt Sales: call 716-253-1871 or email editor (at)  icscpress.com
  • Considering textbook adoption? For academic desk copies, fill out the form here

Download Chapter 1 of Creativity Rising (PDF format)

What's in the Book?

PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF CREATIVITY

1. Welcome to the World of Change: Life in the 21st Century
2. Skills for Living and Working in the 21st Century
3. Creativity: Separating Fact from Fiction
4. A Systems Approach to Creativity: It’s Not Just About the Creative Person

PART 2: CREATIVE THINKING

5. Introduction to Creative Thinking
6. Divergent and Convergent Thinking: The Heart of Creative Thinking
7. Principles for Divergent and Convergent Thinking: Becoming a Better Creative Thinker

PART 3: CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: THE THINKING SKILLS MODEL

8. Creative Problem Solving: A Deliberate Creative Process
9. Applying Creative Problem Solving in Your Life
10. Digging Deeper: Thinking Skills and Tools for CPS
11. Thinking About Thinking: Using Diagnostic Thinking to Navigate the CPS Process

PART 4: CREATIVITY RISING

12. Creativity: A Life Skill and a Way of Life

From the opening of Creativity Rising:

American author and satirist Mark Twain was credited with saying, "Everyone grumbles about the weather—but nothing is done about it."

This strikes us as analogous to the way in which many people approach change. Everyone grumbles about change—"change is inevitable," "change is accelerating"—but no one does anything about it. Or, more to the point, few seem to know what, if anything, they can do about change. Just deal with it, we are told. Put up an umbrella. Wear a heavy coat.

Whatever your attitude is about change, there is no denying the force it has on our lives. Consider:

If you are older than 20: when you were growing up, if you were going to be late coming home, you had to go and find a telephone, and maybe have change in your pocket to make a call. Today, you reach into your pocket and pull out a phone instead of a quarter.

If you are older than 30: you grew up going to the library to get answers and do research, with a pocketful of dimes for the photocopy machine. Today, you stay at home and open a web browser.

If you are older than 40: you wrote college papers longhand and then carefully typed them. The arrival of white-out was a kind of miracle. Today, you press the delete key.

If you are older than 50: you grew up with a black-and-white television (if you had a television), and you had to walk over to the set to change the channel, of which there were only three. You watched programs when they were broadcast. Today, you choose from a hundred channels, and you watch whenever you want. And you may watch on something that's not a TV.

If you are older than 60: you heard the world's news on the radio, or when the newspaper hit your porch the next morning. Today, you can get the news instantly through your computer, or even on your telephone, the one that's in your pocket.