Reestablishing new creativity and innovation as the most distinctive, characteristic of human wellbeing through approaches to creative idea generation in diverse disciplines

Stuart Gluth, Ron Corso

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    Abstract

    The Authors maintain that creativity is an important, even the most distinctive,characteristic of human wellbeing which, the authors argue in light of their experience in taking creative practice into a variety of non-design academic disciplines,often tends to be undermined by traditional educational approaches, based on knowledge acquisition and retention and the pressures of socialisation, institutional regulations, consumerism, and generally risk averse, conformity biased conservative thinking. This paper aims to establish that there are ways to re-establish ‘new creativity’,in Erica McWilliam’s words, which is community based, cross disciplinary, collaborative and is teachable, (or rather re-learnable), as established by the author’s workshops across a range of diverse disciplines, which have been based on design approaches to creative idea generation. Our methodology sets out the principles and practical approaches that have been successful in regenerating a creative approach in disciplines where a creative outcome it might be expected, but not always realised due to a lack of specific creative thinking methodologies in the curriculum often reflecting a lack of understanding re the definition and meaning of creativity and practice. As well the authors examine ways that these methodologies might be more widely put into practice, through approaches that include a re-valuation of creativity as a personal,community and collaborative quality; and pathways that might achieve it as a community value utilizing strategies to re-acknowledge it as a pre-eminent human characteristic.Our Results establish that creative learning is essential to establishing a ‘sense of wellbeing’ in learners and is essential to future durability. We argue that these creativity interventions are typically associated with outcomes that our review of the literature indicates are wellbeing related, whilst interventions associated with facets of wellbeing we contend are often creative in nature. In conclusion, the outcomes and feedback from our workshops indicate that in order to develop flexible thinkers in the current generation of students and into the future, who can confidently display resilience in the face of rapid change and the flexibility in dealing with the complexity of challenges that this presents through creative skills; then the learner’s sense of self confidence and wellbeing will be key
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-80
    Number of pages22
    JournalInternational Journal of Knowledge, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Volume5
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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