Recently I’ve become aware of the many ways that people respond to the question of “creativity.”
For some, it ‘s a fluffy,vague, floaty immateriality—the stuff of bohemia.
For others it bespeaks their own artistic expressions–expressed, or stifled.
Others see creativity (as was described in a newsletter from Innovation Tools which I received today) as “a poor stepchild to innovation.”
And there are other points of view which, I suspect, see both innovation and creativity as primarily value-adding strategies, falling short of also appreciating them as essential components of an engaged, curious, and generative orientation to life.
All of these impressions—and more, I’m sure—are about to be thrown into the hopper for me, as I begin my Master’s studies at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at the University of Buffalo next week.
I enrolled in the program with the aim of enriching what I offer through Stages of Presence. Some people, I have found, can easily grasp the idea of bringing artistic competencies into the workplace. For others, it feels like an indulgence, or something too loosy-goosy for these serious times.
But in one sense, it all really comes down to creativity. And I do think most people, given time to explore what creativity means to them in their lives, can associate that value with the work that they do.
The creative spirit finds its way into our lives in many diverse ways. From artistic applications, to measurable outcomes, by broadening our understanding of what “creativity” means, we invite ourselves to experience it both with more variety and more depth.
I’m looking forward to reporting what this new broadening at Buffalo will bring.