The process of having original ideas that have value.
We have come to confuse creativity with artiness and as a result we have come to believe that only some people are creative.
It is widely agreed that divergent thinking – i.e. the type of thinking that results in the generation of multiple answers to any problem – is creative thinking and then…
In a longitudinal study of 1,500 people, 98% of one group performed at genius level in divergent thinking.
Who were this marvellous and exciting group?
Children under 8 years of age.
Not special children under eight, or artistic children under eight but ordinary children under eight.
The other 2% were probably pretty good but not quite genius level.
Sadly, this same study also showed that this capacity for creativity declined steadily as these children – retested every five years – got older.
So, that means that 98% of us start off as creative geniuses.
We sorely need creative geniuses to help us solve all the problems we face.
So, OK then, how can we get back in touch with our own ‘genius’ so that we can not only better realise our personal potential but also apply our creativity to the needs of humanity?
And how can we stop today’s under eights – and the under eights of the future – from losing their natural born creative genius?
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. – Linus Pauling
Keep the postcards coming…
Photograph – Christmas party at works, 18/12/1937 / by Sam Hood. Taken at Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia), Ashfield, N.S.W. Find more detailed information about this photograph: acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=21102
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- A Wrong Answer is a Creative Answer (psychologytoday.com)
- How mind mapping supports 3 types of creative thinking (mindmappingsoftwareblog.com)
- Don’t Force Creativity or you’ll Break It (goingdownwriting.wordpress.com)