What are Creativity Patterns?

December 6th, 2007

Creativity patterns are patterns of thinking that can be taught and help a person who uses them produce ideas that they would not otherwise have created.

We are all taught patterns of thought from our youth. As a simple example, we learn the thought-pattern of a “recipe”.  A recipe is a linear set of instructions for how to accomplish something. We use recipes for all kinds of things; ranging from cooking to giving people driving instructions how to reach our home. Once we know the pattern called “recipe”, we can use that to solve many problems. We ask ourselves the question of “What happens first” and then “What happens next”.

The recipe pattern is ubiquitous.