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The prepared mind versus the beginner's mind

 

Creativity often emerges out of the tension between two seemingly irreconcilable properties that a particular design or product should have. By creating a higher order synthesis that honors the essential elements, a creative solution arises. There is also a tension of opposites in methods for creative work: cultivating a "prepared mind" versus cultivating a "beginner's mind." Advice for the prepared mind says "Develop and use your experience" and advice for the beginner's mind advice says "Discard your previous experience." How can we effectively use these seemingly opposite pieces of advice?

 
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Stefik, M. J. ; Stefik, B. S. The prepared mind versus the beginner's mind. Design Management Review. 2005 Winter; 16 (1): 10-16.