This post represents a new and I hope regularly occurring feature here at the Creative Liberty blog. “Surf’s up” postings will mention a motley assortment of good stuff I’ve found recently around the blogosphere.
I feel really blessed as far as choosing creativity as a focus for a blog, because already I have discovered that there is far, far more interesting content being generated out there on topics that pertain to creativity—everything from cognitive science to the art of Google mash-ups—than I could ever possibly write about.
So, here’s what’s hot this week:
1. Over at the Creativity Happens blog, Ken has done a five-part series on “What is Creativity?” He starts with a simple quote from legendary creativity expert Edward de Bono (“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way”) and riffs his way through discussions of art, war, imagination and productivity in the process. Great stuff.
In addition to laugh-out-loud cartoons to illustrate each point, Hugh also has really valid points to make about the necessity of creation, why it’s a good idea to keep your day job, and why “dying young is overrated.” If you really, really like the list, Hugh also has created a condensed version of it in PDF format.
3) Robert Fisher, a professor of education at Brunel University in London, has an interesting paper on “Creative Minds: Building Communities of Learning for the Creative Age,” which was presented at the Teaching Qualities Initiative international conference held in Hong Kong in 2002.
One of my passions where creativity is concerned is keeping up with research into exactly what happens when we create. Fisher’s focus is on encouraging young children to think critically, learn how to learn and build their creative capacity. This paper is a wonderful inquiry into the roots of what creativity is and how to build entire communities that encourage creative activity.