Critical Thinking and Society Exercise
January 20, 2013
Facilitator: Cher Summers
Stages of the Creative Process
Stage One: Searching for Challenges Constantly looking for issues or challenges is the first step in the creative process. These can be subtle or glaring or not obvious to anyone at all, but a creative thinker is always looking for ways to improve a situation. Ruggiero suggests creative thinkers get in the habit of looking for challenges all the time. (Ruggiero, 2009).
Stage Two: Expressing the Problem or Issue Without looking at a challenge or issue from only one perspective we should keep our minds open to many different ideas that come to us as we look to find the most useful fix to a situation.
Stage Three: Investigating the Problem or Issue By delving into our past and using experiences that have been successful or complete failures, we should be able to come up with the right approach to handle the situation or problem we are facing.
Stage Four: Producing Ideas The final stage in the creative process, according to Ruggiero is to generate ideas – not just one, but many ideas to approach the subject. He suggests not limiting ourselves to the familiar or safe ideas, but to think outside the box no matter how silly an idea might seem at the time. Then decide which one seems to be the best approach based on your situation. (Ruggiero, 2009).
The Problem Working for a non-profit has its rewards and drawbacks. Daily we are reminded of the lives we are affecting by the service dogs we raise, train and prepare to be given to someone with a disability, a returning war veteran with PTSD or a child with seizures. No amount of money can be given to make you feel the same emotions you get when a client is finally united with their service dog and they leave together trained to help each other navigate the world around them with all of its challenges, barricades and
References: Ruggiero, V. R. (2009). The art of thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought (9th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Longman.