We stumbled upon the question “What is creativity?” So, we decided to create the very first Global Creativity Night. It took place last Friday and it was about encouraging people around the world to contemplate, discuss and maybe even try to answer the question
Now, we want to share some perspectives we got. Here you go.
To see all the thoughts go to the Facebook event page:
“Creativity for me, is a skillset as much as a mindset that allows concepts or an idea to be brought to life. Having the humility to accept differences and to relearn are crucial. Creativity is embodied through thoughts, attitudes, to actions.”
– Yen-ling Lee, Singapore
“Creativity is not having limits.”
– David, Hungary
“The way you live your life. I’ve found that changing my daily routines by a bit, I become more openminded, more aware of my environment and thus more receptive of the things that are happening around me. Most of the time an idea can occur just by looking kids play or by observing people in the bus stop. If I had to put in one sentence I’d say that creativity is a state of mind!”
– Tatiana, Greece
“The more you feed your creativity, the more new ideas you get. Not all the ideas are good , or will ever be realized, but just … Enjoy the process!”
– Sabine, Italy
“It’s a powerful way of expressing yourself. It’s a powerful way of activating yourself.”
– Faisal, Pakistan
“It is to do something so utterly meticulously well that the creator cannot find a single flaw from the subject. Then it is most purest form of its’ creators thought of the subject and ready to be taken seriously.”
– Santeri, Finland
“For me creativity is more than just being able to come up with novel ideas. It’s a can-do attitude towards the whole life – the willingness to come up with a solution for any kind of problem instead of just accepting defeat. It’s wanting to find the good in bad and the opportunity in every situation.”
– Antti, Finland
“Mind is like an umbrella, it works the best when it’s open. Creativity also works the best when you are relaxed, and you let go.”
– Nick, Greece
“Creativity is much about curiosity. Going out from your comfort zone. It’s not like you need to reserve time to creativity, you can take it as a part of your daily routines, do small things and experiments, maybe change your route to work etc.”
– Aalto Design Factory gathering, Finland
“Creativity is a way to move forward and beyond. Either in the form of art, science or any other major or minor aspect of daily life, creativity is the incarnation of the abstract notions of mind, spirit and soul. Creativity is a super power possessed by every human being. Sometimes well hidden, sometimes well exposed, it’s always there waiting to emerge and once unleashed becomes an ongoing process capable to transform unprecedentedly our lives.”
– Ermina, Greece
“It’s senses, curiosity and thirst of knowledge.”
– Maria, Finland
“In Chinese, the translation of creativity is 创新，创means create something, build something, 新means new. My question is, ultimately, why we need or want creativity, and what we want to achieve with creativity ?”
.- Chen Nanyou, China
At least I got so many new thoughts. For instance, how you could think creativity as a serious action (do you have to be perfect to be creative?), or how strongly people assimilate creativity with mindset and curiosity. My own point of view has been that creativity is thinking differently. Nobody can give you an exact way or method to become creative. It forms over time. It forms from experiences. I also believe that creativity differs between time and space.
Here’s one illustration (C for Creativity) made by our fabulous designer Tatiana, based on all the conversations we had.
What do you think? What is creativity? Did you get any new thoughts?
And by the way, next year there’s going to be a Global Creativity Day!