On Friday I posted a list of existing and potential Oktoberfest-like traditions (Bachtoberfest, Spocktoberfest…) A comment was left by a guest who needs to be called out… The father of Whack himself, Roger von Oech! Roger is recognized throughout the world as a leader in stimulating creativity and innovation.

If we had a Whacktoberfest it would be about inspiring your brain with the ideas found in Roger’s suite of books, tools and on his blog…

Ball of Whacks
A new tool from Roger. Built on science and experience indicating that having something to manipulate, fidget with and to keep the hands busy helps get the mind working. (That’s why you’ll often find Play-Doh, pipe cleaners and other type objects in brainstorming sessions).

“A Whack on the Side of the Head: How to Be More Creative”
The book does just what it suggests… Roger provides scores of 1 to 3-page suggestions offering different ways to approach and solve your challenge.

Creative Whack Pack
A deck of 64 cards each with a different exercise to spark ideas.

Innovative Whack Pack
A deck of 60 cards, each with exercises to shift your perspective on your challenge.

A Kick in the Seat of the Pants
Roger encourages us to utilize different roles to help the creative process – from idea to launch… The Explorer (seek information), Artist (create), Judge (decide), and Warrior (implement).

“Expect the Unexpected or You Won’t Find It: A Creativity Tool Based on the Ancient Wisdom of Heraclitus”
A really cool concept. Roger uses the 500-year-old writings of the Greek Heraclitus as lessons to generate creative solutions to current problems.

And finally, here’s Roger’s Creative Think blog.

If you need ideas to stimulate your creativity, these resources should do the trick.

Thanks for stopping by, Roger!