What is creativity?
Creativity is sought everywhere: in the arts, in entertainment, in business, in mathematics, in engineering, in medicine, in the social sciences, in the physical sciences. Common elements in creativity are originality and imagination. Creativity carries feelings of wide ranging freedom to design and to invent and to dream. But in engineering and science creativity is useful only if it fits into the realities of the physical world.
Creativity is an ability to come up with new and different viewpoints on a subject. It involves breaking down and restructuring our knowledge about a subject in order to gain new insights into its nature. Defining creativity is complicated because the concept has many dimensions. Two requirements for being creative.
To be creative is to be original
To be creative is to be useful
Charles Cave defined ‘Being creative is seeing the same thing as everyone else, but thinking of something
IMPORTANCE OF CREATIVE THINKING
Logical thinking is a series of steps that extend what we know already, rather than being truly new.
The need for creative thinking arises from the inadequacies of logical thinking.
It is a method for producing insights that might not be obtained through conventional or traditional methods of logical thinking.
The need for creative thinking often becomes paramount when a paradigm shift occurs or is likely to occur.
A paradigm is a set of rules and regulations that guide our actions when solving problems.
Transport – train, airplane, spaceship
PEOPLE WHO EXHIBIT CREATIVE BEHAVIOUR
Challenge the status quo
Like to investigate new possibilities
Take the initiative
Are highly imaginative
Are future oriented
Tend to think visually
Are not afraid to take risks
Are prepared to make mistakes
Are adaptable to different environments
Are adaptable to changing circumstances
See relationships between seemingly disconnected elements
Distil unusual ideas down to their underlying principles
Synthesise diverse elements
Are able to spot underlying patterns in events
Are able to cope with paradoxes
Look beyond the first ‘right idea’
There are two opposite personality traits that can
contribute to getting good ideas. One personality
trait is to be a lone wolf, a contrarian in your field.
The opposite is to lead the pack of colleagues and
Creativity is generally viewed as an individual pursuit, and of course, it can be, but groups can produce things which one person can hardly imagine. Spacecraft, cathedrals, good schools, parks, medicines and computers all result from group or “collective” creativity.
Corporations today are using at least four approaches to embrace creativity (Coates and Jarratt):
Teaching and training creativity
Using creativity tools,
Setting up creative units that are isolated from the mainstream, and
Establishing a creative environment in the entire organization.
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