As we grow up, we are often told to think a certain way, to fit into a certain mold. We are expected to follow a certain path, and those who stray from it are often looked down upon. However, what if we rethought the idea of being different? What if we celebrated our unique ways of thinking, and saw them as a strength rather than a weakness?
This is where divergent thinking comes in. Divergent thinking is the ability to think creatively, to see multiple solutions to a problem, and to approach things from different angles. It’s the opposite of convergent thinking, which is the ability to come up with the one “right” answer. While convergent thinking is important in certain situations, divergent thinking is what allows us to come up with new ideas, innovate, and push boundaries.
The problem is, our education system often prioritizes convergent thinking over divergent thinking. We are taught to memorize facts and regurgitate them, rather than to think critically and creatively. We are encouraged to follow rules and conventions, rather than to question them. As a result, many of us lose touch with our innate ability to think divergently.
At Divergent Thinking, we believe that everyone has the potential to think creatively. We run workshops that encourage people to explore and embrace their own unique ways of thinking. Whether you’re an artist, a scientist, an entrepreneur, or just someone who wants to think outside the box, our workshops can help you tap into your creativity and unleash your full potential.
So, what does divergent thinking look like in practice? Let’s take a simple example: a paper clip. If we asked most people to come up with as many uses for a paper clip as possible, they might say things like “hold paper together” or “pick a lock”. These are valid answers, but they are also quite limited. Someone who thinks divergently might come up with a much longer list of uses, such as using a paper clip as a makeshift zipper pull, a fishing hook, or even a toy for a pet. By thinking outside the box, they have unlocked the full potential of the paper clip.
Of course, not everyone is naturally inclined to think divergently. It can be challenging to break out of our established patterns of thinking, especially when we have been conditioned to think a certain way for so long. However, we believe that anyone can learn to think divergently with practice and the right guidance.
So, how can you start thinking more divergently? Here are a few tips to get you started:
Question everything. Don’t take things at face value – ask why things are the way they are, and whether there might be a better way to do things.
Take inspiration from multiple sources. Don’t just look to your own field or industry for ideas – take inspiration from art, music, nature, and other areas of life.
Brainstorm regularly. Set aside time to brainstorm ideas, even if they seem silly or impractical at first. You never know where they might lead.
Collaborate with others. Working with people who have different perspectives and ways of thinking can help you see things in a new light.
Embrace failure. Divergent thinking is about taking risks and trying new things. Not every idea will work out, but that’s okay – failure is just an opportunity to learn and try again.
In conclusion, we believe that divergent thinking is a vital skill for the 21st century. As the world becomes increasingly complex and interconnected, we need people who can think creatively and come up with new solutions to the challenges we face. By rethinking what it means to be different