Daniel H. Pink looked at society's future and saw that it belonged to the creative minds. In order to make sure that we all will be successful in this creative future, he believes we all need to master six human abilities- Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning. It use to be that the left brain was considered more important than the right, however recently the right brain has been accredited for the work it does. Pink states that without the left or the right, we are in a hopeless state. We must embrace the two together and work to fulfill our whole mind's potential.

The Six Senses

Pink suggests for each topic multiple activities on how to be more creative and encourage more of these topics in our daily lives.
I chose one activity from each suggestion and show my work here.

Design - To survive in today's economy we must be able to not only create a product but make sure that it is beautiful and unique as well.

Story - When speaking, we cannot only state facts. We must also be able to communicate in a way that draws people in.

Symphony - We must be able to not only analyze but see also see the big picture.

Empathy - In order to stick out from the rest, we need to show how we truly care and understand others.

Play - We all need play!

Meaning - It is time to learn to understand our purpose and how we can fulfill ourselves.


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Csikszentmihalyi Theories and Pink's Ideas work well together.



Csikszentmihalyi talked about ten traits of a creative personality. Daniel H. Pink’s concepts speak to all of these traits as well. If we can use Pink’s suggestions to be more creative than I don’t see why we wouldn’t be able to emphasize our creative traits simultaneously.
Csikszentmihalyi saw creative people as smart yet naive, capable of convergent and divergent thinking. This plays well with Pink’s view on Symphony. He states that real brainstorming is a great way to create a vast amount of ideas and produce some horrible and great results. We can improve our creative traits this way by working to realize which ideas are actually useful.
Pink suggested we find a balance between play and work. Work and play together leads to a productive workplace. The more laughing, the more creative the people are. Csikszentmihalyi would agree with this. Number three on his list of a creative personality states that creative people know how to combine playfulness and responsibility. If we work constantly, when will we allow our brain to just take a breath and absorb everything?
Csikszentmihalyi also stated that creative people are very sensitive, open to experience, and understand suffering and pain. Pink’s concept that we must be empathetic agrees with this idea. Not only could empathy improve our passionative trait, if we could also learn to be more sensitive to other people’s emotions as well as our own, we could better understand others. Also we would be able to recognize how the world around us functions outside of our own thoughts and emotions.
Pink suggested we better understand our place in the world. Amongst all the material things and constant movement, what will we contribute? What will be our meaning or purpose in this world? In a creative personality, we are humble and proud of our accomplishments. If we take Pink’s suggestion to look outside of ourselves for meaning, I could see this leading to a place of humility. Being humble and proud of our accomplishments can lead to us understanding all that we contribute and where we stand amongst our peers.
Another creative trait, according to Csikszentmihalyi, is being able to alternate between imagination and reality. I think this trait speaks to Pink’s Design and Story concept. In order to work in the real world, designing a new concept requires usefulness ( reality ) but also significance or uniqueness ( imagination ). Also when attempting to communicate through story, we need to be able work within our means but also be imaginative in our approach



Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi,1996.
Daniel H. Pink--- Design - Story - Play - Meaning - Symphony - Empathy