For the last 25 years, I have been running a training organisation, The Springboard Consultancy, with my partner, Jenny Daisley. One of my courses is about the development of people's creativity, which has attracted a wide range of people from all walks of life. It is a pragmatic course, touching only briefly on theory, called 'The Purple Process' to emphasise that it is about something that can be done, not a theory or an end result. And purple, because it is the colour most associated with creativity.
This article draws on my empirical research when running this course over several years, and my observations of people as they rediscover their creativity.
I come from a family of engineers and scientists. My father was a brilliant electronic design engineer. He was extraordinarily creative with many patents to his name. I learnt a lot about creativity from him. Mostly by developing curiosity, by being inquisitive, constantly asking; 'What would happen if ...?'
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