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About KH Kim

Dr. KH Kim is Professor of Creativity & Innovation at the College of William & Mary. After being an English teacher in Korea for ten years and upon getting her PhD from the University of Georgia, she taught there and then at Eastern Michigan University. She has dedicated her career to researching creativity and innovators. Her research study titled "The Creativity Crisis" was the subject of a 2010 Newsweek cover story that captured the world’s attention. Frequently sought after by the media, she has shared her expertise with numerous outlets including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and others. She is the author of The Creativity Challenge: How We Can Recapture American Innovation and has won the Early Scholar Award and the Hollingworth Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Berlyne Award from the American Psychology Association, as well as the Torrance Award from the American Creativity Association.
5 10, 2018

Build Your Passion: How to Use ION Thinking to Ignite Innovation

By |2018-10-05T05:22:51+11:00October 5th, 2018|Creativity|0 Comments

Innovations are the unique and useful outcomes of the process of creativity. Creativity begins with the spark of curiosity. This spark can be fanned through interests, then passion, and then eventually into expertise. Expertise, a deep knowledge and set of skills, is the foundation of creative thinking. Expertise is developed over many years through inbox [...]

19 07, 2017

Why Asian People Are Uncreative? Why Jewish People Are Creative?

By |2017-07-19T20:38:15+11:00July 19th, 2017|Creativity|4 Comments

Please note, this is a contributor article by Dr KH Kim and discusses her research, and should not be construed as a generalisation of any group of people. Creativity is the process of making something unique and useful, and the successful outcome of this process is an innovation. My research coalesced around the three steps [...]

1 06, 2017

Curiosity: The Key to Creativity and Innovation

By |2017-06-01T16:56:06+11:00June 1st, 2017|Creativity|3 Comments

Albert Einstein generally did not like school, but this all changed when he was 16 at Aarau High School, Switzerland where teachers nurtured his curiosity and encouraged him to ask a lot of questions and even express criticisms. He not only became popular among his classmates but imagined what it would be like to ride [...]

26 05, 2017

Persistence: The Key to Creativity and Innovation

By |2017-05-26T12:58:07+11:00May 26th, 2017|Creativity|0 Comments

A persistent attitude is one of the 27 characteristics found in the greatest innovators (Kim, 2016). It is defined as continuously striving and committing to goals regardless of immediate rewards. It is one of the most critical creative attitudes. Innovators are passionate about and committed to their goals, which compels them to persist physically and [...]

19 05, 2017

Playfulness: The Key to Creativity and Innovation

By |2017-05-19T13:36:12+11:00May 19th, 2017|Creativity|1 Comment

The world's greatest innovators exhibit 27 creative attitudes, and playfulness is one of the most critical attitudes (Kim, 2016).  Playfulness is approaching situations in an exploratory manner and seeing the lighter side of a challenge with a sense of humor, which enables flexible thinking. While innovators are focused and passionate about their pursuits, they do [...]

28 04, 2017

The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse

By |2017-04-28T13:18:12+11:00April 28th, 2017|Creativity|15 Comments

In this very special guest post by Professor KH Kim, we find out the updated facts of what is happening to people's creativity levels over the past decades, now with updated statistics for 2017. This is a follow-up to what I consider to be one of the most important pieces of creativity research from the [...]