Creative process: The potential dangers in “fostering” creativity

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.

About Dennis Mellersh

Dennis Mellersh is an independent writer, journalist, editor, and editorial consultant.
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