A compendium of creativity

We are forever intrigued by the questions surrounding creativity: where does creativity come from? Can we grow our creativity? Can creativity be measured? Is everyone born creative? What happens when you run out of creativity? What role does creativity play in the workplace? (What are other words we can use instead of creativity? 😝)

Below are some great articles, resources or sometimes just thoughts and quotes we’ve come across over our years of creativity chasing. We will be adding to this list as we come across new musings and analysis.

From a George Monbiot essay:

“In her famous essay the Ecology of Imagination in Childhood, Edith Cobb proposed that contact with nature stimulates creativity. Reviewing the biographies of 300 "geniuses", she exposed a common theme: intense experiences of the natural world in the middle age of childhood (between five and 12). Animals and plants, she contended, are among "the figures of speech in the rhetoric of play … which the genius in particular of later life seems to recall".

Studies in several nations show that children's games are more creative in green places than in concrete playgrounds. Natural spaces encourage fantasy and roleplay, reasoning and observation. The social standing of children there depends less on physical dominance, more on inventiveness and language skills. Perhaps forcing children to study so much, rather than running wild in the woods and fields, is counter-productive.”

Social media has colonized what was once a sacred space occupied by emptiness: the space reserved for thought and creativity. — Mahershala Ali

Hurry Slowly Podcast

An incredible set of topics that all link back to creativity and creation.

For example, “Philosopher Renata Salecl on how choice anxiety damages our creativity and why we need to embrace the idea of chance.”

Your brain on crafting

“Crafting is also unique, Levisay says, in its ability to involve many different areas of your brain. It can work your memory and attention span while involving your visuospatial processing, creative side and problem-solving abilities.

Scientists are beginning to study leisure activities' impact on the brain. Playing games, reading books and crafting could reduce your chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by 30% to 50%, according to a 2011 study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry.”

Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye  — Dorothy Parker

The most in demand skill of 2019: creativity

This is the first year that creativity made it onto LinkedIn’s list and Paul Petrone, editor of LinkedIn Learning, says that this year’s list reflects a change in employers’ priorities.

“Interestingly, the newcomers to our list were uniquely human traits,” Petrone told CNBC Make It via email. “Employers recognize the importance of embracing modern technologies as well as recognizing those things technology can’t do: connect with other people, engage in out-of-the-box thinking and quickly adapt to new priorities or problems.”