Creativity = The ability to transcend tradition and to create meaningful new works
You can’t use up creativity; the more you use, the more you have
– Maya Angelou (quote investigator)
Here’s the problem: A majority of the artists who are easiest for us to find aren’t exceptionally smart or original; they specialize in expressing hackneyed feelings. Many of the very best creators “remain in relative obscurity because of their resistance to formula efforts,” writes journalist Alan Cabal. “Mediocrities latch onto whatever hits and repeat it endlessly in pursuit of cash or celebrity or both.” If we look to the latter for illumination, we’re cheated.
– Rob Brezsny
Creativity will strengthen. (Ka tipu te whaihanga)
– Maori Proverb
We also believe constraint inspires creativity, whether it’s through a 140-character Tweet or a six-second video.
The Creativity Rx
In his 2014 Chief Executive’s lecture, Matthew Taylor explores new thinking around the RSA’s core mission: to empower people to be capable, active participants in creating the world we want to live in.
The precipice of creativity: the improvising mind – Whether it’s choosing words to make up a sentence or walking along a crowded street, we’re all capable of improvising. But musical improvisation fills us with amazement. How do musicians make the moment-by-moment decisions to create spontaneous music that’s more than noise — and what’s going on in their brains to make it all happen?
Imagine: How creativity works – Jonah Lehrer shows how new research is deepening our understanding of the human imagination and considers how this new science can make us happier.
Unleashing the creative – Art is the supreme task, as Nietzsche would have it. How can we balance creativity with rationality? And what are the dangers of letting the Dionysian genie out of the bottle, especially in the public square? Philosophy lecturer Dr Laura D’Olimpio appraises the value of a creative life.
The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
RSA Replay: What’s the Point of Creativity at University?