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What is Creativity?
Let’s start with the dictionary de nition, however brief and limited, it covers the basics:
Creativity: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, and to create meaningful
new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, or imagination.
To this de nition let us add the following:
Creativity: an act of transformation by which we turn one idea or thing into something else by
way of intellectual, chemical or manual alchemy.
And this:
Creativity: life as a gigantic erector set. You can put anything together in new and original ways–
the most immaterial with the most concrete, the most esoteric melded to the most down to
Albert Einstein referred to this thinking process as “combinatory play.”

The Courage to Fail Over and Over Again



We are so curious that we not only want to put stuff together. make tools. It expects and needs trial and error. an idea or a product. We were all creative as children.“ Samuel Becket The Sum of Creativity is Always Greater than its Parts Creativity may look like a noun but it is really a verb—and in speci c an action. fail again. in particular. Creativity is the world of the intrepid explorer.” We suggest they think back to the time when they kids. of the adult 2 year old. we like to take it apart—just to see how it works. and the courage to fail over and over again.html 2/7 . a putting one’s self forth into the unknown. Being creative is pretty much like learning how to ride a bike—you never forget how. our ancestors had to be adaptable to their changing  environments in order to survive. We were creativity specialists before we learned to walk or talk.9/10/2016 What is Creativity? ­ The Creativity Workshop: The Courage to Fail Over and Over Again Creativity is the experimental laboratory of civilization. Other species can communicate. but you won’t really learn it until you remember the days when you had it.creativityworkshop. In the words of Samuel Becket on the secret of his creativity: “Fail. The ones who thought “out of the box” were the ones who escaped getting eaten—which is why they are the ones who are our ancestors. http://www. fail better. But you do have to re-engage the muscles.You never have to learn about your creativity from scratch. tramples blithely upon our originality–so much so that most people forget they were ever creative at all. who never ceases to ask the questions: Why? What if? Can you Teach Creativity? In our workshops people are always asking us: “can you really teach creativity?” Our answer: “We can teach it. Hundreds of thousands of years ago.” Anna Freud Creativity Makes us In nitely Adaptable and Flexible Creativity is one of  our primary tools for survival. even car engines until formal schooling teaches them that that kind of behavior is not the way to go about learning. even plan for the future–but we humans have the unique ability to put things together in new and different ways. education and the workplace. Many young tinkerers joyfully pull  apart watches. “Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. an energy.com/whatiscreativity. Society and. Granted. but it is always an action. kitchen faucets. we do not  necessarily need to re-invent the wheel by destroying the family automobile. It could be an interior or exterior process–a thought or a manifestation.

but there are times when unraveling the known is the only method to nding new and better ways of doing things. cultural. It’s not as if  they have more creativity. and scienti c advances they manifest. And if you block it. trial and error. while imagination embraces the entire world.”  Martha Graham We may not all be Geniuses. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand. we do not  necessarily need to re-invent the wheel by destroying the family automobile. and all there ever will be to know and understand.   exibility of thought and action. far beyond their national borders and cultures. In fact.creativityworkshop. a life force. Are you giving your creativity the chance it deserves to contribute to the creative impulse of life? http://www. Humans invent and reinvent the con guration of the world over and over again.html 3/7 . the more you work it. These transformations are propelled by the driving force of creativity. it is often the only way to revolutionizing how we conduct our lives. Conversely. mentally and physically. Nomads give up wandering and decide to stay put in one place. A Wonderful Tool called “Creativity” We humans have a precious tool called ‘creativity’. Creativity is like any muscle. this expression is unique. imagination. sedentary societies breed explorers and discoverers. but who said Creativity is just for Geniuses? We all have many original and fantastic thoughts that could be extremely valuable to the world we live in.com/whatiscreativity. all of us are changed. and each time it changes.That decision leads us to sedentary societies and all the social. it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. a quickening that is translated through you into action. who expand the reach of their people. We are practically born with it and with it we can do what any reasonable person would believe was impossible. an energy. tenacity. the stronger it becomes.9/10/2016 What is Creativity? ­ The Creativity Workshop: Granted. The creativity of each human being is as unique as her DNA and is necessary to the creative fabric of life on earth.” “There is a vitality. Einstein once said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. and more than a pinch of chance. “There is no cure for curiosity”. So why do so many of us give up using this priceless asset as adults? Intensely creative people do not give it up. but they certainly use it more. the ingredients of which are: curiosity. But how many times do we give these ideas a chance to see the light of day? Every ounce of human creativity is needed on this planet in order for it to survive and ourish. Dorothy Parker More than a Pinch of Chance Civilizations come into being or advance when people do things in ways they have never done before. and because there is only one of you in all time.

com/whatiscreativity.27 Florence March 14 .” Maya Angelou 2016 New York October 21 .9/10/2016 What is Creativity? ­ The Creativity Workshop: impulse of life? “The key question isn’t “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity.25 Prague July 1 .18 http://www.25 Upcoming Workshops 2016 New York October 21 .16 Iceland July 21 .creativityworkshop.18 Lisbon March 25 .12 Barcelona June 21 . The more you use. as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.html 4/7 .24 2017 New York February 24 . the more you have.29 New York June 9 .27 Florence March 14 .24 2017 New York February 24 .” Abraham Maslow “You can’t use up creativity.5 Dublin July 12 .

Producer Oscar Winner 'Born in Brothels'. in large part.5 Dublin July 12 .9/10/2016 What is Creativity? ­ The Creativity Workshop: Lisbon March 25 .25 Register Now SUBSCRIBE to our free newsletter Subscribe “I cannot tell you how grateful I am for having attended your Workshops. the quiet and the witnessing that it deserved. I have you to thank.203. Exec.212. 2 of them back to back. The Workshops strengthened the practice of using my imagination and my con dence that creativity was available to me if I give myself the time.25 Prague July 1 .3252 Email or go to our FAQ About Us Who We Are Our Philosophy Our Clients Creativity Articles Subscribe to Our Free Newsletter http://www.html 5/7 . Artist.creativityworkshop. Winchester.  Questions? Call us: +1.12 Barcelona June 21 .” Writer.29 New York June 9 . Ma Pamela Boll. I attended 4 Workshops.com/whatiscreativity.. They sparked my creative drive and gave me permission to say YES to the making of my lms.16 Iceland July 21 . for putting me on my present path. Documentary Director.

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