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Monday, January 5, 2009

Creative Quickie - How Do You Define Creativity?

One of my big projects for 2008 was working with Jan Harness on “Creative Instigation.” As the presentation and book have developed, we’ve asked many people how they define creativity. Here are ten of the interesting answers we’ve received.

How do you define creativity?

  • A different way to a usual place or a usual way to a different place.
  • Your subconscious leaking out.
  • Creating a project, product, or piece that never before existed.
  • Humanity at its best.
  • Going beyond your expectations to make something that educates, inspires, and entertains.
  • Actions to conceive beauty.
  • Random associations grounded in strategy.
  • An outward expression of the awesomeness within.
  • Permission granted to take my brain off its leash.
  • Mistakes worth keeping.

Reader Definitions of “Creativity”

  • “Anything novel that is meaningful or useful.” – Macker
  • “Bending and shaping the everyday and normal into an expression of genius.” – Jan Leslie
  • “Going beyond your expectations to make something that educates, inspires and entertains." – Danny Alexander

Share your thoughts in the comments section on how you define creativity and add even more variety to the list!

5 comments:

Macker said...

anything novel that is meaningful or useful

Mike Brown said...

Macker - Thanks for adding to the creativity definitions and for the Twitter follow!

Please come back and comment often.

Mike

JanL said...

Creativity is bending and shaping the everyday and normal into an expression of genius.

danny alexander said...

I'm fond of "going beyond your expectations to make something that educates, inspires and entertains."

Mike Brown said...

Thanks Jan and Danny for contributing your definitions as well.

Danny - it was great to see you Saturday! It's been too long.

Mike