Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Life and Creativity
Do the people you interact with daily encourage your creativity? I’m talking about your family, social network, clubs, co-workers, community members. Do they help you explore new ways of thinking, new ways of expressing your talents?
Groups that encourage creativity exhibit certain characteristics. These include:
-freedom to fail
-openness to new ideas
-opportunity for play
Diversity is a key factor in promoting creativity. The more perspectives and ways of doing things are around you, the more connections you can build between them to create novel concepts.
Interpersonal factors such as trust and teamwork allow you to experiment and take risks that stretch your imagination and increase the potential for innovation. The freedom to fail is essential as you explore ideas and refine them until a successful one evolves.
Groups must be open to new ideas for creativity to flourish. They can’t be about preserving the status quo or keeping things comfortable.
One has only to watch children to know how creativity springs naturally in play. At one place I worked, we took a two-minute break in the middle of meetings to do a fun creativity generating exercise. This loosened us up and readied us for new possibilities.
Finally, recognizing and celebrating creativity places a high value on it and encourages us use more.
Think about your daily interactions and if your creativity is encouraged. How can you encourage it in others?
Today’s 4 Minute Writer
Smile on command, be polite, make small talk- nothing controversial. Be pleasant. Don’t do anything to make yourself stand out. We just want people who will go with the flow and get along with everyone.
Do others feel like I do, dying to burst out of the mold and express who I really am? I’ve taken that risk before- more accurately, have not had the self-control to hold back my true thoughts, blurted them out. Passionately. Mistake. Branding, scoffing, shunning ensued. And so, I moved on and continued to do my best to conform so that the mild tone of existence could continue for all.
The calmness of conformity: not rocking the boat, not offending anyone- not being myself…
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