Creativity Resources

Enjoy the following videos, research studies, articles and other resources related to creativity.

1. A 2010 study titled “The Creativity Crisis” showed the United States has been experiencing a decline in creativity since 1990, based on a total of 272,599 creative thinking test scores of people from young children to adults.

2. Do Schools Kill Creativity? I hadn’t heard of Sir Ken Robinson prior to watching his 2006 seminal TED Talk on ‘schools and creativity.’ But, now, I can’t think of anyone who I associate more with efforts to elevate the importance of creativity in schools today.

3. This NPR Radio Hour titled “How Do Schools Suffocate Creativity?” is dedicated to Building a Better Classroom and explores some of the ideas raised by Sir Ken Robinson in his popular 2006 TED Talk on creativity and schools.

4. In this short video, Sir Ken Robinson explains why creativity is crucial in education, and why it will require a transformation in the way schools work.

5. Andrea Kershaw, Location Director of IDEO, Singapore, observes that creativity is at the fringe, rather than at the center of the educational experience. She shares why enabling creativity is so important now, and how teachers, who are in fact creative leaders, can be enabled to become drivers of change.

6. Clay Shirky on “What I Learned About Creativity By Watching Creatives

7. Margaret Haviland, Director of Teaching and Learning at Westtown School in Pennsylvania, on Encouraging Teachers to Teach Creativity.

8. In Why Weird Experiences Boost Creativity, Cognitive Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman talks about why unusual and unexpected events often facilitate creative thinking.

9. In the Art of the ‘Dumb’ Question, Jim Force argues that if creativity originates with a question, then it is the art of asking dumb questions that leads to enhanced creativity.

10. Everything is a Remix Part 2 offers a reminder that ‘new’ ideas don’t appear out of nowhere, rather they come from combining old ideas in new ways.

11. The Rules for a Creator’s Life should be hanging in every art classroom.

12. 29 Ways to Stay Creative by TO-FU Motion Graphics Studio:

13. In It’s Time to Get Serious About Creativity in the Classroom, Jim Moulton talks about the role of freedom within structure in nurturing student creativity.

14. Joseph Horton, a 16th-year-old Okalahoma student at the time, wrote this insightful and inspiring essay titled Creativity in my Life in October 2010.

15. Something Provocative by Sıla Yücesoy promotes the importance of creativity and self-expression.

16. This innovative 2009 advertising campaign for Panamericana School of Art and Design encourages people to test their creativity by drawing as many things as they can that originate from X’s or O’s. I can see this simple variation on the Torrance 30 Circle Test being used as a classroom exercise or as an interactive group activity during a school art show.

17. The Neuroscience Of Creativity And Insight—The Good, The Bad, & The Absolutely Ridiculous by Andrea Kuszewski (2011) offers
a critical and at times amusing look at recent studies of neuroscience of creativity and insight.

18. For A global chain reaction,” IDEO designers built a Rube Goldberg inspired contraption that covered eight cities and three continents in fourteen minutes. Imagine doing something like this in your classroom?

19. In this online repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet, managed by Mycoted, you’ll find lists of related tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews and more.

20. The Marshmallow Challenge is a fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity.

21. Just what does thinking ‘outside the box’ mean?

22. The opening segment of a classic movie ‘Why Man Creates‘ created by Saul Bass in 1968 is still one of my favorite animations of all time.

23. A Child’s Creativity is enormous, but what’s the boundary? What about rules?

24. The Doodle Box Project is a great project for stimulating creative thinking with found materials. The rules are simple: Rearrange a cardboard box to make any kind of figure or object. Make the most with the least.

25. Speaking of cardboard, these photos from San Francisco Bay Area artist Ann Weber’s February 2011 workshop at the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio may inspire other ways to use cardboard in the classroom or studio to promote creativity.

26. Creativity | Goal 2009 features students from the Digital Arts Technology Academy (DATA) at Cathedral City High School (CA) sharing what creativity means to them.

27. Creatives Grow Better in the South West claims that the Southwest produces some of the UK’s finest creative work (animation, web design, design, fashion, architecture.) Now you know why: nice conditions, space to breathe and opportunities with some of the best firms around.

28. Keri Smith writes activity books based on the subject of creativity. I especially like her book ,How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum which contains pages of interactive prompts that involve observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing things you find in the world.

29. Angst has creative perks. That is the conclusion of Professor Modupe Akinola in her paper “The Dark Side of Creativity: Biological Vulnerability and Negative Emotions Lead to Greater Artistic Creativity.”

30. Science News: Logo Can Make You ‘Think Different (March 2008). Whether you are a Mac person or a PC person, even the briefest exposure to the Apple logo may make you behave more creatively, according to recent research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the University of Waterloo, Canada.

31. What Can Creativity Do? was shown at the Night of the Unboring (2005), a benefit for the Ontario College of Art and Design.

32. The interview subject in the following video is DePaul University associate professor Nicole Pinkard, founder of Chicago’s pioneering Digital Youth Network. Among the questions she addresses is, “In this rapidly changing world might creativity need to sit at the heart of an education for all?”

33. New research shows that backpackers scored 50% better on a creativity test after spending four days in nature while disconnected from all electronic devices.

34. Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss.

35. Progression in Student Creativity in School, First Steps Towards New Forms of Formative Assessments offers a five dimensional definition of creativity which has been trialled by teachers in two field trials in schools in England. The authors suggest a theoretical underpinning for defining and assessing creativity along with a number of practical suggestions as to how creativity can be developed and tracked in schools.

36. Adobe’s shares its vision on the role of creativity in education in this PSA (thx to dgran for sharing):

37. The following video is about art, creativity, and their effects on the mind. It was created by PBS and is hosted by Lisa Kudrow.

38. The Think Jar Collective has articles, interviews, videos and other content on enhancing creativity, creative thinking, innovation culture and social innovation.

39. Dilbert’s take on “Who is Creative and who is not.”

40. Elizabeth Blair, of NPR,  looks at the history and present state of measuring creativity in the April 17 2013 episode of All Things Considered titled More than 50 years of Putting Kids’ Creativity to the Test.

41. Susan M. Brookhart’s (2013) discusses how to assess and give feedback about creativity and, in the process, help students become more creative in their work.

42. If you’re stuck in a rut and looking for a creative boost, try placing some rules or limitations on yourself to spur on some new ideas.  Or, check out the other eight tips in How to Increase Your Creativity in Nine Easy Steps from Dumb Little Man.

43. Tanner Christensen’s blog Creative Something is a great source for creative inspiration and ideas on creativity, how it works, and why it matters.

44. In this op-ed article in the May 17, 2013 Guardian,  Sir Ken Robinson challenges popular misconceptions often espoused by politicians regarding teaching, learning and creativity.

45.  According to Katrina Schwartz, knowing that its important to nurture creative minds is one thing, but integrating creativity into curriculum is harder than it sounds.  Read more in her March 2013 article Nurturing the Next Van Gogh?  Start With Small Steps.

46. What is the relationship between creativity and intelligence? How do we measure creativity? And what, exactly, is creativity? These questions have been central to creativity research for years.  Read more in The Science of Creativity in 2013: Looking Back to Look Forward by Sam McNerney.

47. In the February 2013 issue of Educational Leadership, Ronald A. Beghetto and James C. Kaufman  share five fundamental insights that can guide and support educators as they endeavor to integrate student creativity into the everyday curriculum. Compare those insights to the 5 principles of creativity offered by Greg Satell in his February 10, 2013 posting on The Creativity Post.

48. In Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity! Andrew Miller offers several strategies educators can use to get started teaching and assessing creativity in the classroom.

49. “What if . . .?” questions can be great prompts for sparking creative thinking in the art classroom. For example, “What if New Your City was on another planet?” “What would it look like?” Here are a few possible scenes from Nickolay Lamm on Mashable.

50. Do constraints prevent or propel creativity and innovation? Find out in How Intelligent Constraints Drive Creativity by Matthew May.

51. Adobe’s international study, “Barriers to Creativity in Education: Educators and Parents Grade the System,” shows there is a growing concern that the education system itself is a barrier to developing the creativity that drives innovation. Parents and educators agree that today’s education system places too much emphasis on testing and not enough investment in the training, tools and time needed to teach creativity.