One of my favorite definitions for Creativity goes something like this:
"People who experience the world in novel and original ways. These are individuals whose perceptions are fresh, whose judgements are insightful, who may make important discoveries that only they know about. The have changed our culture in some important way..."
What you've just read, written by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi from his book Creativity - Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, is still as relevant today as the day in which it was written.
The truth is, when we think of creativity, we generally refer to it in the context of art. But in reality, we apply creativity to every aspect of our lives, and every day. Societies that embrace this concept as a means to improve all aspects of itself - work, products, market strategies, advertising - are far better equipped to produce groundbreaking solutions to daily activities that may change the course of nature, habits and traditions. For them, it's the means as it is the end. Edward de Bono once said: "There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns."
A few months back I stumbled onto this section of the Fast Company site and loved it. Besides having the coolest writers on the planet, they always come up with interesting topics that are devoted to the concept of vision and creation. "How to lead a Creative Life" is no exception. This part of their website focuses on this age-old concept coupled by interviews, facts and infographics on the subject of those who think outside the box.
"For most businesspeople, realizing any creative vision--while addressing concerns about scale, tradition, and profitability--is a Herculean task."
How can we lead a creative life on the job? Jason Feifer's illustrates it for us in this guide::
Last, but not least, check out these two videos. When it comes to ideas and creativity, they are just too cool to miss: