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Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Kellers-Mathers

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Dr. Susan Kellers-Mathers


The purpose of this project was to explore biomimicry and integrating forms of nature to generate unique ideas and possible solutions to problems. Four key components of this project were biomimicry, brainstorming, forced connections, and innovation to answer the question: What can I learn about imagination, forced connections, process, mindset, and innovation by copying aspects of nature or being inspired by nature? A Biomimicry and Forced Connections Design Journal contained conceptual designs based on nature or a challenge-to-nature searching for solutions. A Reflective Learning Journal included prior experiences and working on this project that contributed to my knowledge and insights. The findings of this project revealed that using the forced connections tool and unrelated images uncovers novel and wild ideas. As a result, innovation occurred in the outcomes, throughout processes, and using skills such as curiosity, awareness, determination, and perseverance developing the mindset of an innovator.