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25 Feb 2020

Alumni Profile – Kristy Novak

A passionate creative thinker, this month’s Echos’ alum, Kristy Novak, is a dreamer with a curious mind that always asks ‘why?’ or ‘why not’. Novak’s says that she remembers, as a kid, “staring at the sky and asking my sister a million different questions all beginning with ‘imagine i’”. As an adult, this inquisitive soul […]

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25 Feb 2020

How To Generate Better Ideas

It is a well-known fact that, at Echos, we believe that everyone is creative. Despite popular belief, creativity isn’t something that only people that work in the creative field have access to; human beings are inherently creative; it is part of our “survival kit”. Like anything else, creativity is something that you get better at […]

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18 Feb 2020

The Art Of Asking Why

If you approach an entrepreneur with big dreams for their new business venture and ask them “Why are you doing this?”, their answers will most likely be a variation of the following: “I’ve noticed that there is a gap in the market for the service I will provide”, “I have a very innovative product that […]

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18 Feb 2020

Asking Better Questions

Albert Einstein once said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about the solution”. Asking questions is a survival tool that allows humans to tap into their creativity and innovate in order to survive. The three books below will help you work […]

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11 Feb 2020

Where Does Creativity Hide?

(Suggested album to listen to while or after reading this article: When we all fall asleep, where do we go?, by prodigy creative soul, Billie Eilish.) As a writer, creative block is not a new concept to me. When having ideas is part of your job description, the common misconception that “creativity is a God-given […]

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11 Feb 2020

Ideas, Where Do They Come From?

The three TED Talks below will give you an insight into where ideas come from and how to find your best ones. 1- Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from   People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us […]

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04 Feb 2020

Can Design Thinking Help With Family Conflict?

I have been studying Design Thinking for many years. What intrigued me at first was the different definitions given to this approach. What is Design Thinking? Some specialists call it is ‘a process’, others “an innovation tool”. Some experts say that Design Thinking cannot be considered a methodology because it was not something to be […]

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04 Feb 2020

How To Make People Listen: We Need To Talk About Nonviolent Communication

If you were faced with the question “Do you wish to be right or to be happy?”, what would you choose? Most of us, in spite of our best interests, continue to self-sabotage our happiness as long as we can puff up our chests at the end of a conversation and end it with the […]

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