PROGRAM

[TALK] The Creativity Crisis: Why It Persists and How We Can Address It

15.10.2021
12:05

For over thirty years, the creative aptitude among children has been declining. The focus of this talk, however, will be on the underlying implications for adults: those who are raising and educating children, those whose development has been impacted by this crisis, and those charged with leading organizations that must respond to the increasing need for creativity in an increasingly volatile and complex global world. As it turns out, there are some remarkable similarities between the worlds of kids and adults regarding barriers to developing stronger creative aptitude. We will explore these common themes, and the potential impact of a post-COVID world, in considering how to best address the creativity crisis.

For over thirty years, the creative aptitude among children has been declining.  We will outline the various factors responsible for the decline and why it has persisted for so long.  Arresting such a decline requires challenging some fundamental beliefs about how to raise and educate children.  The focus of this talk, however, will be on the underlying implications for adults:  those who are raising and educating children, those whose development has been impacted by this crisis, and those charged with leading organizations that must respond to the increasing need for creativity in an increasingly volatile and complex global world.  As it turns out, there are some remarkable similarities between the worlds of kids and adults regarding barriers to developing stronger creative aptitude.  We will explore these common themes, and the potential impact of a post-COVID world, in considering how to best address the creativity crisis.

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