I’m very excited to share the results of the study my Saybrook University doctoral program professor/mentor Dr. Ruth Richards and I designed last year. Some of you may have responded to the survey we promoted via social media asking for volunteers. We were interested in contemporary views of creativity. Creativity is being talked about a lot – but right now, no widely accepted (and inspiring) definition exists. Want to hear something crazy? If you look up ‘creativity’ in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary it says: “the quality of being creative or the ability to create.” Since when is it OK to use a version of the term in a definition? It tells people nothing! When I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Creativity from Buffalo State’s International Center for Studies in Creativity, every person I encountered asked me to explain creativity. How can we expect people to use something they don’t relate to personally? My frustration with this situation led to diving deeply into the research process. I had the honor of presenting our findings at this years’ American Psychological Association Convention in Orlando last month. Click on the power point link to view the slides. The handout postcard shared with the presentation attendees featured a mini-review of the study data on one side, and an original ‘creativity word cloud’ showing terms used most often by respondents on the reverse. A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to artist/designer Rosemary Nulty for fashioning the one-of-a-kind research word cloud! The only thing missing is my presentation day ‘passion’ for the subject! I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have questions, share them in the comment section at the end of this post or e-mail me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Creativity Prompt #1: What words come to mind for you when you hear the word creativity? How do you define it – personally? Crafting your own inspiring and meaningful definition can stimulate your imagination and lead to exploring your creative curiosities. What’s your favorite form of ‘creative play’? I encourage you to step into the process that calls to you.
My own personal definition of creativity is: imagining possibilities and making them real.
Thanks for joining this conversation! I wish you a wildly creative day.
Marta Davidovich Ockuly, M.S. Applied Creativity