The other day a series of 55 quotations came across my Facebook feed. Normally I skim these and dismiss them. However, these quotations were all related to creativity, a topic I’ve spent the better part of my adult life reading about, thinking about, learning about, and teaching about.
Many of the quotations in this list are familiar to me, but I’ve never committed my thoughts on them to paper. So, for the next few weeks, I’ll be choosing a number of these quotations and ruminating, cognitively, on how these observations have importance and relevance to education, learning, and, in the end, living a better life.
Now, before we jump to any conclusions or trite “popular” notions of what Creativity is and how it works, it’d be a good idea to land on some firm understandings:
- There are several types of creativity, chief among which are: “Artistic creativity”–self expressive and the kind most of us are familiar with (eg. Picasso, Dali, Miles Davis, Martha Graham); and “Applied Creativity”–which all humans possess, it is what has allowed us to find and solve problems in unique ways which have “pushed the human race forward,” to borrow from the famous Apple Computer advertising campaign.
- There is not a “creative side” to the brain. Despite the popular simplification of how the human brain works (and believe me, I’m in total agreement with Daniel Pink on this, just not the title of his book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers will Rule the World), the “right side” does not hold dominion over creative thought. As with most of what we do, the Whole Brain is at work in creative acts. See Scott Barry Kauffman on this. (Unless, of course you don’t believe you are actually, consciously in charge of things–See this video and the associated book, Incognito.)
Mad props to Jonathan Fields, the originator/curator of this list, and to all the artists/speakers/writers whose thoughts give us pause to reflect and learn.
And now…to the first post in the Creativity Series…