Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos - Mary Shelley

What hinders creativity, what favours it, what can we do to improve it ? Should we be creative ? Is there a creative process ?

Based on research since 2015, in the fields of engineering, strategy, innovation, programming and art, Puncteo (a strong believer in trans-disciplinarity and multi-sector research) attempts to answer those fundamental questions by combining (Human synapses!) knowledge and findings from many different areas such as psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, arts, design, as well as from creative companies and individuals. The good news is that the quest is never ending !

Below, you can find the book library, TED talks, conferences, videos and research papers that led to, effectively, the creation of Puncteo and its quest to understand and teach creativity.

  1.  James Surowiecki, The Wisdom of Crowds, 2004

  2.  John Medina, Brain Rules, 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, 2014

  3.  Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, 2007

  4.  Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman, The Art of Innovation, 2001

  5.  Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!, Insights from Inside Google that Will Transform How You Live and Lead, 2015

  6.  D. L. Schacter, Searching for Memory: the Brain, the Mind and the Past, BasicBooks, New York, 1996

  7.  D. Rock, Your Brain at Work, Harpercollins Publishers, New York, 2009

  8.  D. J. Siegel, The Mindful Brain, Norton & Company, New York, 2007

  9.  Barbara L. Fredrickson, Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life, MFJ Books, 2009, updated in 2013

10.  Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc., Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, 2014

11.  Erika Andersen, Managing Yourself, Learning to Learn, Harvard Business Review, March 2016

12.  Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats , Why Organizations Don’t Learn, Harvard Business Review, November 2015

13.  Mary-Clare Race, The Six Conditions of High Performance, Management Issues, 2015

14.  J. Dutton, How adopting a “growth mindset” can boost your success,, 2014

15.  Anne Bahr Thompson, The Intangible Things Employees want from Employers, Harvard Business Review, 2015

16.  M. McQuaid, Does your worplace have a growth mindset?, Huffington Post, 2015

17.  Lindsay McGregor and Neel Doshi, How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation, Harvard Business Review, 2015

18.  Linda Hill, How to Manage for Collective Creativity, TED Conference LLC, 2014

19.  J. M. Beeman, A. Collier and J. Kounios, How insight happens: learning from the brain, NeuroLeadership Journal, Issue 1, 2008

20.  M. D. Lieberman, D. Rock, C. L. Cox, Breaking Bias, NeuroLeadership Institute, May 2014

21.  Sir Ken Robinson, Do Schools Kill Creativity, TED Conference 2006

22.  Austin Kleon, Steal like an artist, 2012

23.  Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, 2014

24.  Victor Wooten, Music as a Language, 2013

25.  Albert Jacquard, Éloge de la difference, la génétique et les hommes, 1978

26.  Herbie Hancock, my favorite story about Miles Davis, 2014

27.  Stefon Harris, There are no mistakes on the bandstand, 2016

28.  Pablo Servigne, La loi de la jungle n’existe pas, 2017

29.  Arrivals designers crafted a mesmerizing alien alphabet, 2017

30.  Arrival film production designer on creating circular smoky alien language, 2017 

31.  Karim Aktouf, The Art of Biomimicry and 195 countries in agreement, 2016

32.  Albert Jacquard et la compétition, 2013

33.  Scientific American, The Science of Creativity, 2015

34.  Time Special Edition, The Science of Creativity, 2018

35. How Boredom Can Lead To Your Most Brilliant Ideas, 2017

36. Betty Edwards, Drawing on the right side of the brain, 2012

37, Elkhonon Goldberg, Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation, 2018

38. Arne Dietrich, The Cognitive Neuroscience of Creativity, 2004

39. Oliver Sacks, The River of Consciousness, 2017

40. The Human Connectome Project

41. Charles J. Limb, Allen R. Braun, Neural Substrates of Spontaneous Musical Performance: An fMRI Study of Jazz Improvisation, 2008

42. Peter Hollins, Think Like Da Vinci, Practical Everyday Creativity for Idea Generation, New Perspectives and Innovation Thinking, 2018