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So I know one needs both logic and creativity.

The way I see it there is enough logic and knowledge floating around the workspaces of today.

So I want to focus on a way of increasing creativity in adults much to the creativity levels children posess. However; one difference should ultimately exist between the creativity that the adults will posess in relation to a children's creativity: the naive quality.

But in order for the adults to unleash their hidden, creative sides they must push past the boundaries they have established within their minds to become more

- daring

- curious

- inventive

- original

in their thinking.

Ultimately I wish to change the wh*** way adults think. Their thought patterns would not lead them to absurdity of course, or their ideas would be straight-out rejected within society. However, I believe that in order for someone to make a change, they have to do something no one else has done, right? Well nothing much will change if millions of people every day follow the same path, too scared or worried to leave the established road and make their own.

I know I talk about roads a lot. Sorry ^^

- "Play is vital to learning and creativity for children and adults." - PJE

- "Playing frees you up to think and... oh yes it is fun too!" - PJE

- "It's really important to keep exploring and learning and being creative. Play a game, run around, be silly, imagine." - Sarah Hickox

From my other post I have picked out your ideas that appeal to me the most.

- A multiplayer creative space with goal oriented solutions could make people cooperate to achieve a goal through artistic means. - Shane M. Wheeler

- Do something with schools to encourage creativity, it could change the entire education system. - Nicolas Dkystra

- Childrens library for all ages - Katherine Morrison

Don't worry, Katherine, I promise I won't steal your idea. However, it reminded me of an idea I had a while ago that must have been lost and forgotten in some part of my brain. Basically, my idea would be more than a room, or an art installation. It would be on a grand scale - the bigger the better.

My idea would be a wh*** venue aimed at increasing adult creativity - although children would be welcome too of course. ^^

What would be in this venue, though?

Well I was playing around with a few ideas. When Nicolas mentioned that 'children have creativity, and somewhere along the course of life we loose it'; it got me thinking. What would happen if we reminded adults of their childhood? Would part of their brain come out of the shadows, remind them how much of a creative person they were?

The venue could be set up in three parts:

Part 1: Activities, installations and performances aimed at helping adults remember childhood.

Part 2: Activities, installations and performances encouraging creativity.

Part 3: Activities of installations incorporating the use of both creativity and logic.

So yeah, this is where my thoughts are taking me.

So tell me about your childhood, any significant memories, smells, tastes, ANYTHING. I want to hear it.

Also, any ideas about reminding yourself or someone else about your childhood would be great.

As you may have noticed, I would like to focus on part 1.


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Comment by Robert Hawkins on March 31, 2010 at 1:54pm
There was a good article about creativity and Pixar in Harvard Business Review a while back -- abstract here http://bit.ly/b63fVk
Article shares that:
"In filmmaking and many other kinds of complex product development, creativity involves a large number of people from different disciplines working effectively together to solve a great many inherently unforeseeable problems. The trick to fostering collective creativity, Catmull says, is threefold: Place the creative authority for product development firmly in the hands of the project leaders (as opposed to corporate executives); build a culture and processes that encourage people to share their work-in-progress and support one another as peers; and dismantle the natural barriers that divide disciplines."

Sounds like a good formula for schools, community centers or EVOKE.
Comment by L on April 5, 2010 at 5:15am
Everything has been said in a single post. Thank you.to have the courage to share it.
Comment by Samiran Roy on April 6, 2010 at 10:14pm
This is an amazing project, and is actually very simple to do...

The easiest way we can learn how to think like a child, is to devote half an hour a day, doing an activity with a child less than the age 6, or an old person over the age 70. Make sure the activity is decided by them. It can be anything like coloring, fishing, cooking, ( but not eating! )....

And yeah, while doing it try not to think like the depressing aspects of life, like work, rising prices, world hunger, poverty, disease, corruption and suchlike. Relax, chill out, and have fun in doing whatever you are doing. Get to know the child/old person....nurture a relationship with them.

I am surprised no one else thought about this before...

And I am 100% sure all ideas which dont involve children will fail miserably.

The easiest solution to this, is to devote atleast half an hour a day
Comment by Samiran Roy on April 6, 2010 at 10:18pm
Whoops, I got overexcited, and overposted...be sure to ignore that last bit...
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 11, 2010 at 6:32pm
Marvellous!!! Saving this to my URL distribution. I would add (very quick reading) TEACHING: creativity, logic, empowerment along with the practice modules! +1 vision


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