“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
– Albert Einstein
“The creative adult is the child who has survived.”
-Ursula K. Le Guin
“Art only begins where imitation ends.”
– Oscar Wilde
Creativity can be described as the capacity to create. It is not about reproducing. Instead, it is about gathering the courage, wisdom and skills to create.
Creativity is a very human quality. Before the socialisation process, children are relentlessly creative. Often to point of annoyance in the adults responsible for their safety and hygiene. Looking around, you will notice new things being created all the time. All people possess some measure of creativity. When someone is not creative, it is important to look at what is blocking him or her from using it in whatever degree it should be there.
The phenomena of growth and fixed mindsets, mastery and performance goals also relate to this. In our view the most beautiful thing for a human to develop is a form of self-perceived mastery with external verification. To develop this view of the self, creativity is a prerequisite.
Many disciplines, in their attempts to teach their style or form will force reproduction of a certain mode of doing that fits their teachings. Students may become competent, but through reproduction alone, never become more competent then their teacher. Progress will grind to a halt, as every next generation will become a poorer copy of the original.
Facilitating creativity means allowing people to choose their own interpretation and make their own mistakes. Only then can self-perceived mastery truly develop.