Things I would never bring to the classroom. Came up with one in my previous blog and need 2 others but ran out of ideas.
Yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving and our younger daughter (32) brought her new boyfriend along and he seems frighteningly normal (compared with the other ones) and I think it would be interesting to introduce someone with his relaxed confidence into the family. As relates to creativity in the classroom I think this young man exemplifies a kind of tolerance and thoughtfulness that embodies creativity. He would make a great contrast to my style of irritating people for sport to see what might emerge. So I guess this isn’t an example of what not to bring because creativity is supposed exemplify discomfort, craziness, constant imbalance, confusion and angst? Damn.
Number 3 is not bringing assumptions and tacit knowledge to a classroom unless the students were pros at critical thinking. Which I think is more difficult than creativity. But creativity cannot exist strictly on politeness or non-structured anything’isms. Creativity needs to ground on something that makes it an example that our minds can process, build stories around and extend beyond just pretty. For instance, I found this article from a course at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and it makes too many conditions for creativity to exist and I believe the fault is in assuming creativity needs to be anti-social or ferociously impractical as the only means of challenging things. Or worse, presumes the largest portion of people are dullards.
“No one really wants creativity” http://haas.berkeley.edu/faculty/papers/stawnoonecreativity.pdf
Contrast with this Hass Graduate’s work that seems constrained but also a force for actual change:
“I was heavily influenced by the entrepreneurship classes that Jerry Engel taught at Haas – when you see a need, you build something,”
And Jennifer Liebermann’s brings up a thought on creativity as reaching past the image of the Great individual Artist to developing groups of creatives who can work together. We need to get unstuck on the genius of the one and do more work on collaborative creativity–what are the joys of working together?