There is a list of all the reports on this site here. You can also see lists of the sessions not yet reported on here, and some pictures of the event here

This is what we talked about over the two days:
Wordle: Creation Space

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

16 What is creativity? If we define it, do we lose it?

Convener: Jan

Participants: Jan, Debbie, Phelim, Marcella, Matilda

Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:

Grow a building
• Converse with it
• Let it be warm
• Let us see the sky and the landscape
• Let us be cold
• Let people come in and out of it as they wish.

We can’t pre-empt the outcome or product of creativity.
Imposing a structure (imperialistic model) may not be the most effective model of nurturing creativity.

Are we talking about creativity as a product for an industry i.e. a piece of art?

Formal education and teaching plays its part
We operate in a culture of vocational learning, where the true meaning has been lost or forgotten.
We could embrace skills (doing), meta-skills (feeling) and foster a culture of learning how to learn.
No one fails.

The concept of creativity is currently perceived as a subject (art) in schools, rather than seeing it as a fundamental human element and will be with us in all our learning and understanding of the world.

Managing creativity
As people responsible for artists and creative work - we could look at how we manage processes/products that hold the values of Open Space.

Some questions
• Do the people or building come first?
• How do we challenge the dominant cultural models that are output & evidence-based; especially when our funding relies upon us playing that game?
• Can we together say ‘no’ to funders and challenge their perception of creativity and allow it to be organic?

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