It was an intimate, inaugural Creative Coffee (and Croissant) Morning that I hosted on Tuesday morning this week. I did “put the word out” into the community, posting on our school blog, but not many people, as you can see, turned out. Fortunately, those that did really brought their A Game. We had a wonderful chat about all things creativity, and I was buzzing the whole day afterwards. What a great start to the day!
I was curious as to the reasonably low turnout. Perhaps it speaks to the timing, although I tried to make it doable for parents – drop off your kids half an hour early for school, stay a bit and chat, have a bite of breakfast. Perhaps I didn’t follow-up enough and push people more to attend. Perhaps it highlights an interesting lack of creative confidence with adults – maybe people thought they didn’t have much to share?
We touched upon some of the above issues as well as a whole lot more during our conversations. Here are some of the tidbits:
- Why do adults seem to lose their creative mojo? How can we resurrect our creative confidence?
- Some businesses or workplaces are allowing more creativity to flow
- The traditional conception of a ‘creative’ – is it just the painters and architects and musicians?
- Baking can be creative!
- There is such a thing as non-creative artists…
- Creativity is better together
- You need access to good quality stuff, not cheap and cheerful
- Some feel that spaces need to have a minimal, simplified, pared-down environment. Others highlighted how some of the most creative people work in absolute chaos
- It’s about pride and care in your endeavours
- Boundaries / constraints can enhance creativity
- Creativity requires positive feedback. It’s a sensitive thing, especially for adults getting back into the swing of creativity.
- Not enough time…
- Spaces need to be flexible – open for the clash of ideas, but spaces for some quiet focus
- “Stand-Ups”, agile meetings, rethinking ways of teams working together
- Low stakes prototyping in Minecraft
- Post-it notes, doodling, drawing…
- Food. It can bring communities / people together and provide the lubricant for collaboration
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