Most work environments are not designed to empower creative thought. Think about that paradox. Organizations turn to employees for new ideas or products, but most employees feel their work environment stifles creativity.
Not everyone shares the Western assumption that children should have an extended, protected childhood. The circumstances of life in different parts of the world create different assumptions about what childhood should look like.
In his wildly popular 2006 TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson defined creativity as "the process of having original ideas that have value." Aside from being wonderfully succinct, this definition implies that any creative enterprise requires two key phases.
Identifying and nurturing unusual scientific talent is an important challenge for educators. What is being done today to ensure that great creative potential is given a chance? Are there enough avenues available for self-directed creative individuals, much needed in science?
Having the authority to open your mind in a designated area gives you both the freedom to imagine and the boundaries of knowing that whatever you dream up or create does not need to be subjected to the rules of reason that govern the rest of the world.
Modern parents are almost obsessed with filling up their children's time. There are after-school classes, team sports, camps, lessons. What's often missing from the schedule is valuable time spent alone.
Companies, like 3M and Google, that allow employees to carve off a certain percentage of their paid time for innovation are rare. Most other firms want their people to stay focused on today's business -- and only work on innovation in their spare time.
In two weeks, Beacon Dramatic Arts Department will present the first high school production of the recent hit Broadway show Spring Awakening. I sat down to interview the woman chiefly responsible for this production.