Why put on my Thinking Cap?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
The idea for starting Thinking Cap LLC came from years of experience in the Odyssey of the MindTM program in coaching, judging, and as a team member. There are few resources available that provide young people opportunities to create and implement ideas within specific operational guidelines so that they are able to develop divergent thinking skills; especially in a team setting. Coaches are always scrambling to try to come up with ideas for their team practices, and even with good ideas, they need to coordinate so many supplies that it becomes both cumbersome and expensive.
So, we put on our Thinking Caps to come up with Spontaneous problems that would promote fun, creative, imaginative solutions along with all of the supplies needed to work on those solutions. We started with the basics (our Baseball Basics Kit) to lay a good foundation for teams to work with and then added a more complex kit (our Graduation Advancements Kit) to help move them beyond the basics toward a mind frame that integrates divergent thinking skills into every area of their lives.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” Steve Jobs
Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created.
Divergent thinking is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. Divergent thinking typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing manner, such that many ideas are generated in an emergent cognitive fashion. Many possible solutions are explored in a short amount of time, and unexpected connections are drawn.
Divergent thinking is most found among people with personality traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks, and persistence.