BRIGHTSPOT MARKET 2013 “A Curated Market of All Things Cool”

For the ninth time, finally Brightspot Market is back! This brand new Brightspot Market that took place at Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall, 14th-16th February 2013, was indeed bigger, hotter, more crowded and jam-packed with people.

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There are more than 125 tenants enlivened this event. Those tenants were divided into two groups; culinary and fashion. Who are they, the fashion tenants? They weren’t only the local brands, but also international brands! Some of the brands aren’t new to the fashion market – or should I say seems familiar to me – and some of them are the brands that sounds new to me. Just make sure to keep an eye out for each tenant, they’re all offering their own uniqueness. The brands were grouped based on their product similarity, so that you could more easily found what you’re looking for. These are some of the brands:

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One more thing that I love from this event is that Brightspot Market wasn’t only offering products but also entertainment. There’re also DJs and live music to keep you chilled while mobbed by those shopping frenzy.

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Participation of the local brands keeps increasing as the Brightspot Market flows each year. This event also helps to increase the people’s awareness of those brands especially the locals. 

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Creative Something

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Creative something is one of many websites that share lots of creative inspirations and ideas. This blog was made by Tanner Christensen, a creative expert, entrepreneur, and online marketer from Salt Lake City, Utah. He started this website 4 years ago, on January 1st 2008. This website has tagline; Creative ideas and inspiration.

I really like the contents of this website. It can inspire you to be more creative. It also reminds you not to waste your ideas. You have to take your ideas and run with it. When you have an idea, big or small, and are not sure where to start on it, break it down into smaller steps and seek help whenever you feel stuck.

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Besides those inspiring and useful contents, I don’t really like the appeareance of this website. The colors used there are just black, grey, and white. Those are boring colors for me. If the appeareance of the web are not good enough, people would not be interested to read those good articles. Then, this website has no “home” button. So you don’t know how to get back after exploring the web.

My opinion, if you really want to share your creative ideas and want to inspire people, you have to make it interestingn first. So that people will be interested to what you will share. This website has cool inspiring articles but can’t serve it well to the readers. Maybe he can put some pictures to make the article looks more interesting.

How to Enhance Creativity in School Children

“Creativity is as important as literacy” ― Ken Robinson

Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others. This is the reason why creativity is now taught to children even if they can not read or write yet. Every children is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. This is one of many tools to improve their creativity. Creativity in children can also be improved by using some games such as word games, visual thinking games, or drawing games.

Word games

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Word games are a great way to encourage creative thinking because it allows children to make connections and establish relationships between different words. Examples of word games are scrabbles, typdom, crosswords. Another good word game to stimulate children’s creativity is “connect”. This game is played by naming a word associated with the word given by previous student.

Visual thinking games

Games that employ the use of visual thinking are great because they encourage visualization and the use of imagination—two important aspects of thinking creatively. This games can be played by showing the children an abstract image and ask them what the image looks like to them. Every answer is the right answer.

Drawing games

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Certain types of drawing games can help students build on existing concepts, knowledge, and ideas; another key aspect of creativity. You can give them pieces of paper with circle drawn on them, then the circles will be a base for them to create a drawing. Or, the simplest thing to do is make some dots on papers which can be a picture if the dots are connected. So you just tell them to connect those dots.

Besides all those games, you can enhance their creativity through the way you teach and interact with your students. You can ask them questions that can make them use their imaginations, or you can simply let them pick the topic for today’s lesson. Fortunately, as a teacher, you have an opportunity to help students develop something that will enhance all aspects of their life.

Creative Generalist

Creative Generalist is a forum for thinkers all over the world who have new ideas and want to share those ideas. Creative Generalist is founded in 2002 by Steve Hardy. This forum began as a personal blog of him, but now has been developed as a community resource. Besides being a hub for generalist ideas, news, and perspectives, one of the main goals of Creative Generalist is to introduce broad thinkers with one another.

When I open http://creativegeneralist.com/, I feel excited about what I can find there. And I am not dissapointed at all because I really found cool ideas on this website. This website has very interesting taglines. It tells us what generalists do specifically. The pictures below tell you what they do as generalists.

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 Cool, isn’t it? Besides all that cool and inspiring taglines, Creative Generalist gives us more interesting informations. This website has recommendations of good books, good places to go, and another good website. Creative Generalist believe that an idea is the ring on which finely cut diamonds are placed. Ideas are the product of divergent thinking, lateral steps and questions dealing with completely unrelated notions. Seldom pure, and often appearing out of nowhere, ideas come from a kaleidoscopic grab bag of other ideas—whether ancient, recent, calculated or silly. Ideas cannot be limited to the confines of a silo. They need space to run around and occasionally bump into strangers. To do this requires guardians who are generalists.

Big Ideas, Trends, and Predictions for 2012

New year can always bring new ideas and also new trends. To welcome 2012, some small-business owners nationwide predict what trends and big ideas they think will take center stage next year. Here’s their opinions:

Gesture-recognition Technology

Voice is only the first step, according to Microsoft. The company envisions an interactive landscape that involves touch and gesture recognition as well as voice input. In fact, Microsoft is also beginning to bake that functionality into products such as the Xbox Kinect, where the user’s body functions as the onscreen controller. – Ilya Bukshteyn, Microsoft’s Tellme

No (Shopping) Boundaries

Forward-looking brands and retailers are creating a new, universal shopping environment for consumers, giving the green light for their customers to shop across all channels. You wanna buy online? No problem. In-store? Certainly! You wanna shop online while in the store? Of course! Buy it online and pick it up at the store? You can do that, too. This whole division of online shopping versus brick-and-mortar will slowly fade into memory. – Mark Grondin, Shopatron.com

Proximity-based Social Network

Talking to strangers will become a big trend in 2012. Proximity-based social networks will allow you to identify like-minded individuals who are near you. As you ride a bus or attend a seminar, your smart phone will identify individuals nearby you should probably know. Our smart devices will thus evolve to become a way to meet new people in realtime, taking networking, hiring, marketing, dating and other human-to-human interactions out of the Stone Age and into a new and much-more-efficient era. –Ken Gaebler, Walker Sands Communications

Social Media for Hiring

More than 80 percent of surveyed HR professionals said they are using social networks to help them recruit candidates. Specifically, 79 percent search LinkedIn, 65 percent have a company page on LinkedIn, and 63 percent have a dedicated Facebook page established for jobs and careers. – Anne Berkowitch, SelectMinds

Cloud-based Documents and Informations Resources

After decades of being a resource primarily accessible to the wealthy and/or those with serious problems, specialized advice and situational training will go mainstream through a combination of on-demand experts, social graphing and mobile devices. Think of it as OnStar for your personal and professional life. – Jason Nazar, DocStoc

In conclusion, I can say that most of those predictions are true. This article can be really helpful for you who want to start business in 2012. At the end of the article, David Rusenko, co-founder and CEO of Weebly.com, says that by the end of 2012, making a website will not be something you pay thousands of dollars for, it will be something you create and maintain yourself. As a result, the small businesses that do not currently have a website will be able to get online. So what are you waiting for? Nothing can avoid you from starting new small business now.

Trend Insights | designs. inspirations. innovations.

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Inspiration is an abstract concept or idea. It has spiritual connotations as well as practical connotations. It is some person, event, or thing that can inspire the mind, emotions, and/or the body to a higher level of feelings or activity. You can find inspirations from anywhere. http://tinsiders.blogspot.com/ can be one of your inspiration source.

This blog is really interesting. It shows some unusual things that can inspires you to be more creative. You can find many interesting things there, such as this unique smile alarm clock. The smile alarm clock has face recognition sensors that turn off the alarm only if you give it a bright sunny smile; no half-smiles will do!

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Tinsider not only shows you innovations in arts or technology, but it also shows you how advertisement can be so creative these days. This Colgate ad is one of the example. This ad is made to remind target consumers, especially kids, to take better care of their teeth after eating sweets like ice cream or lollipops. Colgate wants to tell people that you can have your sweets but don’t ever forget to brush your teeth after that. This cool ad is done by modifying the stick of ice cream or lollipops into toothbrush.

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This is just two things I found interesting on Tinsiders. You can find  much more interesting photos there that can make you feel guilty for not being creative.