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Dr Marilyn Fryer

Dr Marilyn Fryer

Marilyn is a Director of the Creativity Centre UK Ltd, and Chief Executive of the Creativity Centre Educational Trust - a voluntary role. A chartered psychologist and author, her work has been presented and published internationally.

Marilyn enjoys talking about creativity education in the UK. This was the theme of her keynote presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Educational Psychology in Shizuoka, Japan; the Torrance Lecture Series, Athens, Georgia; and the International Forum on Creativity at the opening of the Nobel Prize Centennial Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur where she was also a panel member for Forging the Creative Agenda for Malaysia. Marilyn has also undertaken consultancy on the development of creativity for various government bodies in the UK and overseas.

Before co-founding the Creativity Centre with Caroline, Marilyn spent much of her career in the university sector undertaking research and teaching creativity education, developmental and cognitive psychology. At Leeds Metropolitan University, where she was Reader in Psychology, she set up the cross-university Centre for Innovation and Creativity (CIC) as well as devising and delivering a series of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in applied creativity, supervising research and undertaking her own research into creativity in education.

One of the things Marilyn most enjoys is meeting people from all over the world and collaborating with them to create publications and learning resources in the area of creativity and human development, which is one reason why she enjoys being an editor of this journal.

Helen Storey MBE is Professor of Fashion and Science at the University of the Arts in London and Co-Director of the Helen Storey Foundation.

Among her many achievements and awards, she recently won the Conde Nast Traveller Award for Best Design & Innovation (Sustainability category) for the Catalytic Clothing Project she is undertaking with Professor Tony Ryan OBE, University of Sheffield.

Helen holds a BA (Hons) and an MA in Fashion from Kingston University and Honorary Professorships from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Herriot Watt and King's College, London. She trained at Valentino and Lancetti in Rome, and has held two UK Visiting Professorships, one in the Arts and one in Material Chemistry, and a Research Fellowship. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and, in June 2009, the Queen presented her with an MBE for Services to the Arts.

Caroline and I first met George Prince in the middle of a New England railway track (he collected us from a station halt). Welcoming us into his home, he told us about the origins of Synectics and his then latest project, MindFree. With its powerful use of metaphor, Synectics had long intrigued us, but at that time we knew very little about it apart from reading Bill Gordon's book, Synectics, so we were grateful for the opportunity to meet one its founders.

This book is dedicated to the work of George Prince who co-founded Synectics Inc. with his colleagues, William J. J. Gordon, Dick Sperry and Carl Marden. Synectics is a powerful means of developing creativity which was first described by Bill Gordon in his book, Synectics: The Development of Creative Capacity, published in 1960 in New York by Harper & Row.

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 21:57

Dr Marilyn Fryer

Marilyn is a Director of the Creativity Centre UK Ltd, and Chief Executive of the Creativity Centre Educational Trust - a voluntary role. A chartered psychologist and author, her work has been presented and published internationally.

Marilyn enjoys talking about creativity education in the UK. This was the theme of her keynote presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Educational Psychology in Shizuoka, Japan; the Torrance Lecture Series, Athens, Georgia; and the International Forum on Creativity at the opening of the Nobel Prize Centennial Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur where she was also a panel member for Forging the Creative Agenda for Malaysia. Marilyn has also undertaken consultancy on the development of creativity for various government bodies in the UK and overseas.

Before co-founding the Creativity Centre with Caroline, Marilyn spent much of her career in the university sector undertaking research and teaching creativity education, developmental and cognitive psychology. At Leeds Metropolitan University, where she was Reader in Psychology, she set up the cross-university Centre for Innovation and Creativity (CIC) as well as devising and delivering a series of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in applied creativity, supervising research and undertaking her own research into creativity in education.

One of the things Marilyn most enjoys is meeting people from all over the world and collaborating with them to create publications and learning resources in the area of creativity and human development, which is one reason why she enjoys being an editor of this journal.

 

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.

Monday, 17 September 2012 12:01

Welcome from Marilyn Fryer

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:

  • The development of creativity
  • Creativity, health and well-being
  • Creativity and communication.

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.

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