We are creative in different ways: in ideas, through art, through expression. Creativity is idolised as ‘something more’: a different type of voice, perhaps unquantifiable. Deeply personal. Claimed not granted. Organisations want ‘creative solutions’, meaning something outside their experience or known realm. There seems to be a consensus that you cannot demand creativity, or necessarily buy it (many people say ‘i am not creative’, and yet we value it through art, whilst simultaneously devaluing it by separating it from ‘science’, or even ‘business’. Creativity sometimes feels like a guilty pleasure, or or something peripheral that we can get down to when the serious business is done.
And yet this may not be true: creativity is part of being human. Finding new voices, new modes of expression. An almost deliberately contrarian approach: to represent in new ways, to abstract, to layer, to feel and quest, to explore outside the visible and quantified realm. The creative journey is an internal one, yet often shared publicly. If we deny, constrain, or devalue our own creativity, we are, in a very real sense, denying part of our humanity, a part that, when shared, can create the most intense beauty. I head a song, a song of the utmost beauty. Freely shared. A creative voice.
Words About Learning is an occasional series of blog posts, filling spaces in airports and on the edges of busy days. Part of the discipline of writing, whilst deliberately claiming a permission to be irreverent.