There are very few places where true creative practice can take place. We are in the process of changing that.
The World Economic Forum predicts that, by 2020, creativity will be one of the top-three 21st century skills.
Since the future depends on a more creative, innovative, and adaptable workforce we can not rely on traditional institutions.
Employers want workers with strong analytical, creative, and adaptive capabilities, which are competencies few secondary or collegiate schools impart.
Rick Wartzman author of the “The End of Loyalty”
Creative Connections’ mission is to help creatives connect with a variety of important questions. We are becoming more isolated in our thinking. Our thoughts and ideas need sounding boards and opportunities for a diversity of feedback that will help us validate our ideas.
Creative confidence is two things in almost equal measure. First, it’s the natural human capacity to come up with a fresh idea. Everyone has had this creativity inside them since kindergarten, so our role as leaders is to help discover and unlock that ability in our teams. Raw creative ability is not enough however, so the second essential ingredient in creative confidence is the courage to act. Sometimes, in the business world, that courage just takes the form of simply raising one’s hand in a meeting to express an innovative idea that is different from what others have suggested.
Tom Kelly – founder of IDEO
In order to feel comfortable in expressing those different and innovative ideas we need to create a network of support that encourages this type of thinking.
One of the reasons I feel lucky to work at a place like IDEO is that we have 700 people scanning the world every day for interesting ideas or experiences, and then sharing them continuously through internal forums.
Creative Connections is creating that internal forum for you.
The next generation of workers will thrive by embracing creative literacy. Let’s face it, the robots are coming for our jobs. Artificial intelligence expert Kai-Fu Lee writes in his recent book AI Superpowers that as many as 40% of professions will be automated in the next 15 years.
Scott Belsky – Adobe’s Chief Product Office
“This change will bring a lot of good. Automation will take over lots of tedious, mind-numbing, or dangerous chores that few people enjoy doing. But the transition will be disruptive and some jobs will be safer than others. Among the safest professions, Lee says, are creative ones.
That’s because no algorithm can replicate human creativity.
So when we talk about the future of labor and job security, we must focus on the opportunity (and responsibility) to help people develop their natural creativity and ensure that they’re equipped to solve problems that machines and algorithms cannot. This effort to build *creative literacy–*the ability to express your ideas and perspective creatively–starts in schools.
And we are failing.
Around the world, schools focus too much on feeding students facts so they can pass standardized, multiple-choice tests. In the real world, such input-output tasks will be the domain of artificial intelligence systems. We’re teaching old methods and practices of problem-solving that computers are far better at, rather than developing the confidence and skills required to bring to life what you see in your mind’s eye.
For workers who are threatened by displacement, developing the ability to express ideas in a creative way can help them evolve from a threatened job title to one with more security.”
Scott Belsky – Adobe’s Chief Product Officer
A 2014 Study from Stanford found that collaboration improves engagement and the ability to stick to a task while simultaneously reducing fatigue and emotional burnout.
As employees gain outside perspectives from their collaborative efforts, they become more likely to think outside the box when confronted with new challenges or projects.
Rather than falling back on the set, standard routine, they feel motivated to come up with better solutions based on the things they learned from their coworkers — something that 82 percent of executives believe will give them a competitive edge.
Connect to explore the possibilities.