by Bistra Kumbaroska on 2nd August, 2011 at 4:17 PM CEST
What makes a person creative? Why are some people more creative and others less so? We often think that the creative people are the ones who have some rare and unattainable ability. Is it so or creative people are ones who make a decision to be creative?
The International Center for Studies in Creativity, State University of New York says, "Creativity is an effective resource that resides in all people and within all organizations… it can be nurtured and enhanced through the use of deliberate tools, techniques and strategies.” The most powerful way to develop creativity is through education, teachers being our role models. Children tend to develop creativity not when you tell them to, but when you show them how. Look at this video and tell me what you think:
This is a good way to make math lectures interesting, isn't it?
Share with us some of the most creative lectures you have ever been. And if you are interested in the topic, you can begin exploring with Three Basic Principles (and more); creative strategies are explained, and illustrated with historical examples, in Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving. If you only want to read one page, I suggest the Introduction to Creative Thinking by Robert Harris, which is an excellent summary of strategies for understanding and improving creativity. A wide variety of strategies — 31 tools for creativity — are described by Charles Cave in Creativity Techniques plus "What can I do to increase my creativity?" and a link to plenty of ideas and resources in his Creativity Web: Resources for Creativity and Innovation.
Let’s take active part in our C:F community and flourish with creativity!
Bistra (The C:F Fun Intern)