Fostering creativity and healthy human development are generally thought to be worthwhile objectives. Indeed, there is a vast body of literature on each area. But until now, with the odd exception, much of this literature has focused either on the development of creativity or on human development but not consistently on both together. Most texts on human development tend to make only fleeting reference to creativity and vice versa. And yet the two are inextricably linked. We now need to know much more about how they are linked throughout life and what the implications are for health and well-being, organisational and community development, and government policy and practice. We also need to know much more about how creativity and human development are addressed in different countries and cultures – our next journal theme.
Creating this journal means that we now we have a dedicated international space for everyone to raise questions, share insights and research findings, and comment on all aspects of creativity and human development. We would be very pleased to hear from you.
Meanwhile, here are a few intriguing questions:
- What best supports creativity development at different stages of people's lives?
- Does what we know about healthy human development tally with what we know about the development of creativity? In other words, are the factors which support creative capacity the same as those which support healthy human development?
- Do these vary at different stages of human development and if so what are the implications, for policy and practice?
Please feel free to comment and add any related questions which occur to you.