In today’s world, it seems like there is an app for everything. Want to learn Spanish? Download Duolingo. Want to meditate? Download Insight Meditation. Want to connect to social media on the go? Download Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram…. You get the idea.
There are even apps for increasing your creativity. My friend and neighbor Richard recently told me about a new (to me) one.
This is the one I downloaded and installed on my phone. If you have an Android device, you can click and install it. The one for iPhone is different.
But… What are Oblique Strategies?
It is a system of cards developed by Brian Eno to develop and encourage the use of creativity as applied to various situations. The cards were originally published in 1974.
The strategy that is currently up on my phone is “Twist the spine.”
I would not be surprised to find we all have different reactions to that phrase. (My initial reaction, considering I’m finally almost well from my last episode of back pain) is Ouch. That may or may not be useful in creating something. Who knows? Now I’ll probably have to try it.
At any rate, tools, techniques, and strategies for increasing our creativity can be found pretty much everywhere.
And, yes, there’s an app for that.