Dr. Efiong Etuk is the founding director of the Global Creativity Network, http://www.global-creativity-network.net, a worldwide community of concerned individuals dedicated to the idea of a world in which everyone can be effective, creative, and successful. Proponent of a "Global Creativity-Consciousness," "The Right to Be Creative," "The Age of Creativity," "Mass Creativity," and the "Global Creativity Marshall Plan," Dr. Etuk speaks and writes extensively on strategies for nurturing and engaging everybody's unique set of abilities in the Great Work of building a viable and sustainable global civilization that is worthy of our generation and an enduring legacy to future generations.
Mass Creativity. The Right to be Creative. Participatory Democracy. Human Development. Poverty Alleviation. Opportunity for every person to actualize his or her potentialities.
If we seriously hope to resolve the dreadful situation the world is facing, and to achieve the "Future Positive" that everyone wants to see, what is needed is a social-economic-political system in which all the world's estimated seven billion inhabitants are able to develop and to contribute their talents in important and beneficial social and ecological actions and, thus, to experience their lives as having meaning and significance. Necessarily, too, we will need to evolve goals for mankind and Planet Earth that people perceive as good for man and nature, as giving purpose and direction to their own lives and, therefore, as worthy of the commitment of their time and their creative energies. As far as I can see, few alternatives are worth discussing.
Civic Creativity. Corporate Innovation. Group Psychology. Executive Training. Capacity Building. International Development. Participatory Democracy and Development. lActualization of human potential.
Critical Thinking. Development Writing. Chess. Peace Building. Grant Writing.
The threats to civilization -- threats to our collective survival and to the future of Planet Earth -- are too daunting for humanity to continue to hold onto obsolete self-perceptions that are no longer serving us well. From all indications, the best hope of resolving the dreadful situation the world is facing and achieving the viable and enduring global future everyone wants to see is, first, to correct inadequate and misleading beliefs we hold about ourselves ("individualistic," "self-interested," "competitive," "adversarial," "materialistic," consumption-driven," etc.) and, second, to conform our economic, social, and political decisions and actions to our authentic, quintessentially creative, nature as humans. My latest book, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature, provides the logical starting-point for the urgently needed correction.
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