This article from Slate has popped up in my Facebook feed repeatedly, and I wonder what you all think? "Inside the Box: People Don't Actually Like Creativity" Author Jessica Ollen writes,"Even people who say they are looking for creativity react negatively to creative ideas." She describes tech start-ups and educators, among others, who fail to recognize creative ideas. In the LIS field, we see a similar problem. This is evident in the numerous research databases that simply mimic one another. These tools are primarily search-based, providing long lists of articles.
I'd like to imagine an electronic browsing experience for someone reading this Slate article, prompting you to read and consider several things in parallel, at various depths, allowing you to explore and reflect on your path:
- Daniel Pink, who has famously written about creativity and MBAs, claiming that "The MFA is the new MBA" (read commentary on HBR Blog, HBR video, NYT)
- Steven Tepper outlines several ways you can integrate artists and creative thinking into your workplace in his article for FastCompany.
- The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project which indicates that nearly 60 percent of arts graduates hold more than 2 jobs at once, and approximately 20 percent have more than three. View their presentations.
- From The Guardian, "Why do Creative Industries Still Favour the Privileged?"
- Numerous feeds from psychology, sociology, biology, and other fields that are wrestling with what creativity is, and how/why to cultivate it.
- And, last but not least, to reach back into the 1990's and suggest Howard Singerman's Book from 1999, Art Subjects: Making Artists in the American University which examines how art degrees came to be part of Universities in the United States.
- Reaching further back, looking at the history of education and parenting, exploring how the concepts of creativity and problem solving have evolved.
- Countless other related concepts and issues.