REARRANGE WHAT YOU KNOW IN ORDER TO DISCOVER WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW

REARRANGE IT INTO SOMETHING ELSE? Creativity, it could be said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Rearrangement usually offers countless alternatives for ideas, goods, and services. A baseball manager, for example, can shuffle his lineup 362,880 times.

 Ask:

What other arrangement might be better?

Interchange components?

Other pattern? Other layout? Other sequence? Change the order?

Transpose cause and effect?

Change pace? Change schedule?

.

Rearrange the letters in simple words and see what surprises you can create. Following are some examples.

PRESBYTERIAN:

When you rearrange the letters:

BEST IN PRAYER 

.

ASTRONOMER:

When you rearrange the letters:

MOON STARER 

.

DESPERATION:

When you rearrange the letters:

A ROPE ENDS IT 

.

THE EYES: 

When you rearrange the letters:

THEY SEE

.

THE MORSE CODE:

When you rearrange the letters:

HERE COME DOTS

.

DORMITORY:

When you rearrange the letters:

DIRTY ROOM

.  

SLOT MACHINES:

When you rearrange the letters:

CASH LOST IN ME

.

ANIMOSITY:

When you rearrange the letters:

IS NO AMITY

.

ELECTION RESULTS:

When you rearrange the letters: 

LIES – LET’S RECOUNT 

.

SNOOZE ALARMS:

When you rearrange the letters: 

ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S

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A DECIMAL POINT:

When you rearrange the letters:

I’M A DOT IN PLACE

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THE EARTHQUAKES:

When you rearrange the letters:

THAT QUEER SHAKE

.

ELEVEN PLUS TWO:

When you rearrange the letters:

TWELVE PLUS ONE

 santa

(Michael Michalko is the author of Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques; Cracking Creativity: The Thinking Strategies of Creative Geniuses; Thinkpak: A Brainstorming Card Deck, and Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work. http://www.creativethinking.net)

SANTA = SATAN

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