Month: June 2013

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Schoolboy sitting in primary classThis article is based on a TED Talk by Ken Robinson that proposes that schools kill creativity.

Robinson tells the story of Gillian Lynne, who was having a terrible time in school. She could not get her homework done and she was a disruption to her class.

Lynne’s mother was asked to bring her to an equivalent of a guidance counselor.

As her mother and the guidance counselor talk about all of the challenges that she was having in school, Lynne literally sat on her hands.
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12 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

twelveThe Creative You

Everyone is born creative.

The boxes of crayons in kindergarten were not limited to those who possessed potential; because the truth is, everybody has potential.

People appear to have the delusion that only a few are capable of creative genius. This is one of life’s biggest myths.

The truth is, creativity is very much like a muscle; everyone has the ability, but some people don’t practice it because they don’t believe they are capable.
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Find the Artist Within

The Earth Without Art Is Just EhCan anyone be an artist?

People admiring my work often say, “I could never do that!” I say, “Yes, you can!”

Eight years ago, during a very difficult time in my career in finance (Downsizings, layoffs ? let’s not talk about it, OK?), my company sent me to a development workshop for female executives.

I came out of a particularly thought-provoking discussion group and penned the following very prophetic free verse.
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Why Every Child Needs Creativity

children creativityWhy Study Creativity In Young Children?

Just as all children are not equally intelligent, all children are not equally creative.

But just as all children exhibit behaviors which evidence intelligence from birth, they also exhibit behaviors which evidence the potential for creativity.

Creativity is essentially a form of problem-solving. But it is a special type of problem-solving–one that involves problems for which there are no easy answers: that is, problems for which popular or conventional responses do not work.
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