Here are some foundational principles we build on:
Creativity is a characteristic of our humanity and our sense of progress. We are all creative at times - it's more about when we are creative than if. Our ability to be creative is peculiar to our humanity and central to the aesthetic value of life because we believe we originate from a creator who shares these qualities with us.
Creativity is less about making something from nothing than it is about our response to opportunities. Creativity is narrowly limited to the 'Arts' but accountants need to be creative, politicians, surgeons, criminals, lawyers. It needs to be taught and developed as a way of life.
Creativity /divergent thinking is often a threat to risk-averse, control and conformity dominated commercial institutions. Suppression of creativity always results in rebellion. Convergent thinking suppresses change and progress. Any clues here to our global crises?
You can't just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people to get the best out of them.
Creativity needs Character
Creativity and innovation on their own have brought us to the crisis we are in now. Our world needs people of character, self discipline, humility and respect in order to judge what innovation is best for all. Our children will not thank us for being selfish and decadent if their future is destroyed in the process. Design is one example of creativity with a purpose which is why it must be taught to children. Emotional intelligence, openness, transparency and vulnerability are essential for relationships, trust and social cohesion which is why we must learn to share our thoughts and feelings with others.
Freedom to Make mistakes
To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong
Joseph Chilton Pierce
We must culture the joy of exploring and experimenting by adopting processes that reduce the tariff of error; such as ways of making that can rapidly remake something that has failed especially where time is restricted.
Strategies for life's challenges
It was once said that 'necessity' is the mother of 'invention' but in truth it is the mother of 'design'. Design is creativity with a purpose that brings together many disciplines and skills to achieve something. Invention is usually part of that but on its own invention can become narrow and preoccupied with a single solution. Design is the combination of creativity and logic, divergent and convergent thinking. Many deign companies employ completely different people for each of these tasks. Divergent thinkers for ideas, convergent thinkers for products.
Time and Space Learning unites a number of people with a variety of gifts and talents in the task of liberating others to be whom they were created to be and their place in the larger picture of society. We are all needed as parts of the body are all needed
1 Corinthians 12:15-26 New International Version (NIV)
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Many highly talented, brilliant creative people think they are not! Because the thing they were good at in school wasn't valued or was actually stigmatised.