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Why Crowded Coffee Shops Fire Up Your Creativity

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 June 2012



Why Crowded Coffee Shops Fire Up Your Creativity
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 144
Posted DateWednesday 27 June 2012 15:12 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/06/study-of-t ... 

The next time you're stumped on a creative challenge, head to a bustling coffee shop, not the library.

Instead of burying oneself in a quiet room trying to figure out a solution, walking out of one's comfort zone and getting into a relatively noisy environment may trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas.

This works for me. Once or twice a week I head out to a local Starbuck's towards the end of the day and quote deliberately think about the things I am doing and am planning. It's where I get some of my best ideas.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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