Why is creativity so difficult to pin down?
Can it be evaluated?
Can anyone be creative?
What's the relationship between genius and creativity?
These are some of the questions addressed in this article.
We are delighted to welcome you to the second theme of our ejournal, ‘Creativity around the World’. New articles and other material are being added regularly. So far we’ve been overwhelmed by all the positive feedback and good wishes we’ve received on the journal. Thank you!
Like the charity which hosts it, this journal is entirely independent and has no agenda except to enable a plurality of voices to be heard. So, we really value your views and we are especially keen to receive original journal material which is not readily available to the wider international community. In other words, this is your space. We welcome feature articles, opinion pieces, academic papers, visual and audio material. We also really welcome your comments and suggestions for future themes. An online journal affords us greater flexibility than a paper journal 'online' and we want to take full advantage of this. So while each theme is live, additional materials will be regularly added. The themes for the next issues are:
After that, it's up to you!
Our policy is to accept material in good time, and we've already received some fantastic material for future issues, but we also want to hear from you, so please get in touch. We've been really encouraged by the interest and enthusiasm of people from all over the world who either want to contribute material or subscribe.
Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of Creative Scotland and on behalf of our charity, the Creativity Centre Educational Trust, I should like to take this opportunity to thank them. I also wish to thank Venu Dhupa, who so enthusiastically agreed to take this initiative forward, and Caroline Fryer Bolingbroke who set up the Creativity Centre with me, ran the charity for many years and who has been instrumental in setting up this journal website and making it a reality. Warm thanks too go to our graphic designer, Julia Clark. I am equally grateful to our CCET Chair, Dr Richard Perkin, our Board of Trustees, our international Editorial Board and Review Panel, the Huddle Foundation, and everyone who has already contributed material. Without their support, this journal would not have become a reality.
Marilyn is voluntary Chief Executive of UK registered charity, the Creativity Centre Educational Trust (CCET), which she co-founded with Caroline Fryer Bolingbroke to formalise the not for profits activities of their SME, The Creativity Centre UK Ltd. Having set up this charity they then handed it over to a Board of Trustees.
Marilyn is a chartered psychologist, internationally published author and researcher specialising in creativity and human development. Before setting up the Creativity Centre UK and CCET, she was Reader in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University where she specialised in international research, course development and teaching in creativity development, developmental and cognitive psychology. Her work in the area of creativity grew out of her doctoral research, supervised by Professor John Collings and Dr Richard Perkin, into the views of 1028 UK educators on creativity, teaching and learning. This revealed highly significant intergroup differences in perceptions of creativity (between male and female teachers, those teaching different subjects, and teachers most and least oriented to creativity) which she found co-varied with preferred ways of teaching. Her findings have been published and presented internationally in various languages.
This early research led her to develop a series of accredited undergraduate and post graduate awards in applied creativity which she taught for more than a decade and which were successfully accessed by several thousand students. More recently, she has been involved in examining higher degrees in creativity development for UK and Australian universities.
Her other work has included consultancy on creativity in education for the UK National Advisory Committee on Creativity & Cultural Education (NACCCE) led by Sir Ken Robinson, for the UK Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA) on creativity across the curriculum project which led to the publication of Creativity: Find it, Promote it! as well as consultancy on creativity development in education and in business for various, government departments in the UK and overseas.
Marilyn has delivered various keynotes on creativity development for example in the UK, the USA (Torrance Lecture Series), Malaysia (Nobel Prize Centennial Exhibition) and Japan (Japanese Association of Educational Psychology) as well as in Eastern and Western Europe (e.g. University of Lisbon, Technical University of Iasi and Tallinn University). And she played an active role in the European Year of Creativity & Innovation (EYCI).
Together with Caroline she has undertaken a number of EU- funded projects as well as projects funded from a variety of other sources. A key aim is to contribute to the body of knowledge about creativity and its development and how this dove-tails with what is known about human development. Bringing these two fields of study together is her main motivation for co-founding this ejournal.
The 21st Century is widely regarded as the Age of Creativity. Whether or not you agree with that statement, there is little doubt that creative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems are very much needed. Certainly, there has been growing interest in creativity, with certain governments and business leaders regarding the capacity to be creative as key to economic success. The role of creativity in individual health and well-being is also widely acknowledged - in fact a future issue of this journal will be devoted to exploring exactly what that role is - in our personal lives, in the community and at work. Whether or not you agree that creativity also has a dark side depends partly on how you define it.