Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire Hardcover

Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire Hardcover

by Bruce Nussbaum  (Author)

Offering insights from the spheres of anthropology, psychology, education, design, and business,Creative Intelligence by Bruce Nussbaum, a leading thinker, commentator, and curator on the subjects of design, creativity, and innovation, is first book to identify and explore creative intelligence as a new form of cultural literacy and as a powerful method for problem-solving, driving innovation, and sparking start-up capitalism.

Nussbaum investigates the ways in which individuals, corporations, and nations are boosting their creative intelligence — CQ—and how that translates into their abilities to make new products and solve new problems. Ultimately, Creative Intelligence shows how to frame problems in new ways and devise solutions that are original and highly social.

Smart and eye opening, Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspireillustrates how to connect our creative output with a new type of economic system, Indie Capitalism, where creativity is the source of value, where entrepreneurs drive growth, and where social networks are the building blocks of the economy.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Nussbaum, teacher, journalist, and editor, began covering design and innovation in the 1990s and indicates he and others in the first decade of the twentieth century moved beyond “design thinking” to explore creativity. Listening to his students prompted him to consider creativity “as something you might train for, as a skill that could be accessed.” Advising the need for “a new way of thinking, communicating, and creating,” the author offers “Five Competencies of Creative Intelligence,” which include “Knowledge Mining,” or using our own experiences and aspirations to envision new companies and technologies; “Framing,” or being aware of our own view of the world so that we can compare it to the views of others; and “Playing,” because Nussbaum suggests a playful mindset leads to a willingness to take risks, explore more options, and navigate through uncertainty without fearing failure. He concludes, “The biggest challenge we face is our own fear of creativity . . . . We can all be creative.” Thought-provoking insight on the important topic of creativity. –Mary Whaley


“Bruce Nussbaum demystifies one of the most important initiatives of our time — unlocking the creativity within ourselves and our organizations.” (David Kelley, Founder of IDEO and the Stanford
“An intriguing mixture of challenging ideas and Utopian solutions to the broader issues regarding social welfare currently under debate.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Creative Intelligence lays out the forces that will drive us toward a prosperous future. Read this book if you want to be inspired and provoked to lead the way.” (Richard Florida, Professor, University of Toronto and NYU and Senior Editor, The Atlantic)
“Bruce Nussbaum is one of America’s most interesting design minds. His latest work is both a clarion call and a guidebook for moving creativity to the center of our lives.” (Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human, Drive, and A Whole New Mind)
“In Creative Intelligence, Bruce Nussbaum makes a compelling case for the economic and cultural power of creativity and offers practical tools and applications for enhancing it in any organization.” (Beth Comstock, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, GE)
“This is a refreshing, informative, and groundbreaking new work that has implications for every level of the business arena.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Thought-provoking insight on the important topic of creativity.” (Booklist)

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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (, the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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