I am hoping to attend a conference on creativity in Chengdu in China in June where I will give a talk on personal creativity. I have put my paper together which crystallises my thinking and connects lots of other people's ideas together in a way that makes sense to me and supports my arguments that personal creativity lies in our everyday experiences. So over the next few weeks I am going to think about how and where I think I'm creative.
One of my arguments is that creativity is not just about having imaginative and novel thoughts but its about doing things to enable these thoughts to be realised in some way.. bringing new things into existence. We need to engage in activity that is purposeful, deliberate and meaningful in order to stimulate our creativity to accomplish something we value. One of my main work-related activities is writing. I call it work but I have always seen my academic writing as more of a hobby a pleasurable pass time. I think writing is one of my most important creative outlets and I have the sense that it's the way I am trying to communicate and spread my ideas, the way I am trying to have impact or influence on people who care about these sorts of things, the way I am trying to accomplish what I value.
So these thoughts are fresh in my mind as I approach this conference in China a country I have read about and seen many films about but which I have yet to experience. In putting my paper and presentation together I was conscious that my ideas will be exposed to a new audience and I want to make them as accessible as possible and try to understand how they might be perceived and have meaning to people living in China. I guess that provides me with a new contextual cultural challenge for my creativity.
I have uploaded my paper and annotated slides to my creativity page.