By Dennis Mellersh
These days, newspapers, magazines, books, and the Internet are full of articles and presentations discussing the need for fostering and encouraging creativity; and this is all good.
The danger comes when we go further down this road of helpfulness and evolve into a mindset where we start telling people what they should or must do in order to be creative.
One can imagine the potential outcome:
“We’re from the educational authority and we’re here to help you to be creative.”
“No, No, Billy, you can’t paint a person’s face with that color.”
“Do it this way; after that, then you can be creative.”
The best way we can foster creativity is to get out of the way of the people doing the creating.