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Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox: A Complete Course in the Art of Creating Solutions to Problems of Any Kind 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0963222107
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... a lovely and innovative antidote to the kind of linear thinking most of us learned while growing up, and an excellent primer for those who want to sharpen their problem-solving abilities. ... these tools can be applied to any area of life -- from inventive to business to personal.

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Does this book live up to its pretentious [sub]title? Yes, it does, better than any other basic design book I've encountered, ... -- The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Solutions Through Innovation; 1st edition (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963222104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963222107
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is both practical and useful in giving you the ability to create creative solutions to any type of problem in any field from family problems to business to science. This isn't one of those cutesy mind game books either. It gives you exercises and tips to not only create good solutions, but to create solutions that are useful, compared to creative solutions that are useless (who wants those?) Excellent. I highly recommend no matter your age, occupation, or location. The information in this book is timeless. Also a good book related to this for those who are into science, check out Robert Scott Root-Bernstein's book Discovering.
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Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox: A Complete Course in the Art of Creating Solutions to Problems of Any Kind
by Richard Fobes

Writing a creative problem solving book is pretty easy, but putting the ideas down & bringing them alive - in the form of workable tools - against a backdrop of real world problems, call for a versatile author with myriad pre-occupations. In this case, Richard Fobes fits the billing perfectly as he has worked as a writer, interactive multimedia software designer, systems analyst, computer programmer, inventor, electronics technician, hardware store clerk, & dance instructor. He has spent five years researching & writing this book.

Many of the author's early ideas have been published during the four years he wrote the Creative Problem Solving Tips column of the Focus newsletter from the American Creativity Association. [Readers can access the tips via the author's solutioncreative website.] That's how I got to know about Richard Fobes & his inspiring book.

A few things intrigued me when I first encountered the book during the early nineties:

1. A catchy subtitle, A complete Course in the Art of Creating Solutions to Problems of Any Kind;
2. A radial outline of the book at the end of the book (I wish all authors can follow his example!);
3. A portrait of a lady next to Einstein on the front cover. I didn't know her until I read about her: She was Hypatia, who invented a hydrometer which measures fluid density. She lived in Alexandria, Egypt, from 370 AD to 415 AD. The author has deliberately put up her portrait as a reminder that women also innovate! Bravo!
4. There are sixty five ingenious tools for solving problems in the book;

Upon reading it, I found it to be a very user-friendly book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bronx book nerd VINE VOICE on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've read many books of this type and this one is by far the most comprehensive. It is not just a laundry list of tools and techniques, it also provides a greater guidance on the best attitude and mental approach to make the book useful. The author himself says repeatedly, not just in humility but in acknowledgement that there may be better yet unidentified methods, to not just believe everything he says but to try out all the tools in real life, and to improve upon them as necessary. At times the book reads somewhat like a tedious manual, but this is completely counterbalanced and outweighed by the abundance of information and meaningful examples. This is a lifetime reference for anyone interested in making their life more interesting via applied creativity.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sun Gold tomato on January 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I think the saying about what kind of exercise machine to buy certainly applies to books on creativity as well, i.e., "Get the one you'll use!" My keen interest in enhancing my creativity has led me to investigate numerous creativity tools & techniques in the form of software, card decks, lists, and books. The result of my research is that I use *this* book's tools & techniques before any other. Sometimes I also make use of other resources for creativity, but I always begin with this book. Why? For me, the techniques usually "Hit the nail on the head," consistenly helping me to not just solve a particular challenge, but to widen my perspective on the problem so that I'm more confident that I'm solving the "real" problem. This book also offers me the most user-friendly experience (compared to other resources), as the examples interspersed between the techniques are typically fascinating and instructive.
The bottom line is that, for me, this book is the best single source of the most useful creativity tools & techniques, and at the least cost compared to other resources. I don't think you can beat it!
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