The Dynamics and Intelligence of Creativity

By: on July 1, 2008 
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When do we start being creative, where does it come from and how important is it to our future? This is an important issue affecting us more than we realize, and a question that’s finally getting due attention.

Wikipedia’s definition of creativity – Creativity (or “creativeness”) is a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts.

Unfortunately, until now ‘creativity’ for the most part, has been considered a cheap commodity relegated to dreamers, and believed to only gain real value after an artists death, but thanks to the last decade of technological change, the currency of creativity may just be on its way up.

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Creativity surrounds us in every day things from cars to cutlery – in what we do, see, use, eat, read, how we communicate, move and even how we feel; but how often do we take this powerful force seriously? The technology, communications and environment we live in today, have all pushed us to look at our world differently, and now maybe for the first time in history, we’re becoming cognizant that our survival is based on, and needs human creativity to flourish.

We are all born creative, giving us the ability to solve problems and innovate the world around us, it is also the only element that remains to tell our story when we are gone, the key to our human heritage. The proof that we existed and contributed from mind to matter, this has been proven time and again, from wall carvings and pyramids to the medicine and technology we use today. So what are we doing to encourage and support this precious and limitless asset, today and the future? Here is a fascinating perspective on this gift, and how we educate ourselves out of one of our most dynamic and collaborative survival tools.

Note: the video will play on TED Talks page.

The creativity and humor Sir Ken Robinson used to present this topic, is a quiet affirmation of the powerful and captivating connection we have to creativity even with just the spoken word. A human talent that resonates deep and can truly make a difference in how we live, listen, interact and perceive the world around us.

Robinson’s talk delivers an invaluable lesson – for people and economies to flourish, creativity needs to be encouraged, supported and respected in its many dynamic forms, and we need to appreciate the human potential in its entirety, rather than focus solely on wringing out more academics.

It’s the creative genius in us all, and what we bring to fruition that makes our world interesting – through design, art, music, dance, food, language and technology to name a few, it’s in everything we do. Creativity evolves our cultures and enriches our lives with depth, diversity and passion, making what we can accomplish limitless. If you stop to think for a moment, everything that surrounds us today, was once just a ‘creative’ idea. Can you imagine the world we would live in, if we actually focused on cultivating human creativity instead of depressing it?

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3 Responses to “The Dynamics and Intelligence of Creativity”

  1. Daniel Barradas on July 2, 2008 3:53 am

    “Not knowing it was impossible, he went ahead and did it.”

    The way I see it, as we grow older we lose our innocence and with it most of our spirit of adventure. Society (ultimately) has the blame, our family and our cultures with their “imposed” values. So we end up being a sum of influences and it really comes down to luck really. If you’re lucky enough to grow up in an interesting creative environment, if your fortunate enough to have a “rich” life full of interesting persons and experiences then maybe you’ll be able to set yourself free from what society imposes and what everyone else assumes as “true”.

    The bottom line is that we don’t tackle problems the same way as “children” because we’re biased by our surroundings, by our knowledge and by our experiences. We’re just too afraid to take risks and as such we don’t evolve as quickly as we could.

    Oh well … :|

  2. Eddie Correia on July 9, 2008 3:44 am

    Interesting perspective Daniel, I think this is an issue we’re going to see a lot more of, and one that will get considerably more value in the coming years. At the moment we know what we use half our brain capacity for, and we know we pull most of our creativity from the left, but could we also have “rich” resources that we haven’t tapped into, and only need a little support to be set free?

    We evolve through our creativity and the implementation of those ideas, how boring if nothing ever changed, our existence would be quite banal no?

    I tend to agree, with Professor Robinson support creativity in any and every environment, then see what happens…

  3. Gabriella Opaz on July 10, 2008 1:09 am

    Since WWI education in many parts of the world quickly turned from individual learning to mass factory information overload, not based on personal needs, but a combined average. It was created to get children through school as rapidly and efficiently as possible in order to either contribute to the workforce or the military. Intriguingly this mentality has never gone away.
    We are educating to promote consumerism, and suppress wisdom and creativity. Critical thinking has been swept under the rug and taking personal responsibility has been replaced with blame and lawsuits. It is without a doubt that the nurturing of creativity appears lowest on the rung, and I can only hope that each of us individually, will do our part to keep that creative fire burning in ourselves.

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