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Bernd Fesel

Deputy Director, European Centre for Creative Economy - ECCE


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The Creativity Revolution: The more creativity the better? What does creativity do for your daily life?

Ken Robinson suggests that schools kill creativity and researches (Adora Svitak) show that music for young children increases their creativity. Richard Florida sees the Creative Class at the centre of the wealth and attractiveness of cities.
Elizabeth Gilbert believes that the creativity of artists is a general ability of all persons in a society. Hermann Vaske did a filmseries with world leaders (Dalai Lama, Genscher, Gorbatschow) and artists (Spielberg, Bowie, Tarantino; Almodóvar) about the questions “Whyareyoucreative?”. De Bono founded the world institute for new thinking and established a technique for creative thinking for everybody.

If creativity is not understood as an elite or specialist capability alone (of course it is also), but as a natural (meaning not educated and not trained) ability of every person, WHAT DOES CREATIVITY MEAN OR MOVE IN YOUR DAILY LIFE?

What is your creativity changing concrete – or the creativity of your neighbour? What do you expect creativity to do or to improve for you – next day, next week, next year? Or is creativity not working in such linear ways? How does it work for you?


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    Mar 31 2011: Until adults stifle it, all children are naturally full of creativity. They are also naturally full of hope. That hope spurs their creativity in every area where they have hope. If they have a feeling they hope to communicate they write it, draw it, sing it, dance it or express it in some other way. They fantasize about tomorrow and the kinds of lives they might live (artist, poet, doctor, lawyer, indian chief, etc.) and role play their expectations of what those lives might be. As grownups and leaders, instead of destroying their hope with "well meaning" doses of our version of "reality", we must continue to foster their hope that their efforts to create are always worthwhile and we are prepared to support them whether we agree with their interpretation or not. From that hope will come the desperately needed creative solutions to tomorrow's challenges.

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