Throughout watching this video, and throughout this course for that matter, I have noticed that recently, quite a few people have been trying to, as it were, domesticate creativity. They have tried capture that elusive creature that is creativity and tame her to be available when needed, more and more creativity is becoming a systematic discipline you can follow, a process you should stick to, in order to get to the most creative ideas, and while I was considering all that a question came to mind: “Should we really be doing that?”.
The allure of creativity has always been in its elusiveness, in its freedom. I had some difficulty accepting a more systematic form of creativity because simply enough, the word systematic conjures up in my mind a black and white image filled with straight lines and sharp corners, while the most common image that comes to mind when you mention creativity is usually a splash of colours, curves and images all vibrating with a sort of inner exuberance. With those images in mind I felt attempting to tame creativity was nothing short of tragic.
I then tried to shift my perspective, I considered all the natural phenomena throughout the ages and how their documentation and explanation in scientific terms did nothing to lessen their beauty and that it was only to be expected that a time would come when we would try to define the creative process and make use of it the way a turbine would make use of a fast flowing river. Turning creativity into a discipline that can be taught and followed would defog the mysteries of creative problem solving to many more people and make for generally more efficient solutions to the problems that face us in our day to day lives.