Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Characteristics of Creativity
- Ever have one of those moments when a thousand things you’ve been thinking about converge into one cohesive whole? I had one of those mind-crashing experiences while reading David Gauntlett’s site Making is Connecting, based on his book of the same title.
- Nearly all of the concepts we’ve been discussing on this blog- like pouring creative energy into the small things of life, the value of handmade goods, the effect of our creative works on others, and using creative energy for the social good- all drew together into one single picture.
- Mr. Gauntlett unites all these and other concepts under the banner of connection as the vital characteristic of creativity. He discusses the progression of connecting ideas or materials to each other to form something new, then connecting with other people on this something new, and finally, together with other people, connecting this something new to the world to tackle social problems and global issues.
- I needed a moment to soak it all in.
- It left me with clarity on defining my next steps: experimenting with connecting thoughts from this blog to actions in my ‘real’ life, reporting back to you online, and seeing how (hopefully) over time something materializes through this to tackle social or global issues.
- There was only one concept from our discussions that was missing from Mr. Gauntlett’s single picture: the connection we have been exploring between creativity and the divine. However, I think these words from his book’s conclusion (posted on his site) can also be applied to the divine:
- “…others may be able to sense the presence of the maker, in the thing… made- the unavoidably distinctive fingerprint that the thinking-and-making individual leaves on their work, which can foster a sense of shared feeling and common cause…”
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For a phenomenal example of connecting a varied range of ideas to each other, see http://kateshrewsday.wordpress.com/ In each post she connects ideas as varied as migraines, IKEA, Wild West movies, and a pile of laundry into a wonderfully woven whole.
The Happiness Bubble
He lives in his own world, oblivious to the reactions of others and to the misery of the world. He has been this way since birth, always happy, living inside his own bubble. Someone dismisses him, he doesn’t notice; the news cries out rumors of wars, he merely shrugs his shoulders.
The disparity between his reactions and the natural response to circumstances worries his wife. She has never seen him angry or ever heard him complain. “Why can’t he be more like other husbands?” she asks her friends. “Why can’t my husband be more like yours?” they reply.
And then one day, the unthinkable happens- the entire political and economic world order collapses. Complete chaos ensues- food supply chains crumble, laws cease to exist, ownership no longer matters.
He walks down the street amidst screams of devastation and the thunder of gun shots.
He continues walking, a smile lighting on his face as he thinks how happy he is to be alive.
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