The Case for Encouraging Creativity
The Creativitee program is aimed at parents of young children because the earlier parents focus on encouraging creativity, the greater the impact will be on the child's life.
The earliest years of a child’s life are important and form the basis of all our learning and creativity. In the first few years following birth, new neural connections are formed in a child’s brain at the rate of over a million per second.
Exposure to a creative learning environment helps children to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. Creative opportunities stimulate young children’s curiosity, creativity and imagination, and support the development of communication skills; being creative helps children to cope with their feelings and fears and to manage their emotional states and develop positive dispositions towards challenge, change and self-initiated learning.
Children who are not given early opportunities for this development may be at a disadvantage in later life.
By encouraging creativity and imagination, we are promoting children’s ability to explore and comprehend their world and increasing their opportunities to make new connections and reach new understandings.
If we don't provide environments in which the creativity and imagination of the very youngest learners is helped to flourish, we are failing to support families at the stage when it is needed the most.
Our view is that creativity can be encouraged and taught to any age and in any setting including high schools, colleges and in organizations. The program can also be applied to any age group, even for the elderly who reside in nursing homes.
The Creativitee program is 9 interactive half-day workshops. The program can be delivered over 1 week full-time or part-time over 9 consecutive weeks.
Note: the 9 workshops broadly follow the pathway known as the "Myth of the Hero" as portrayed by the renowned American philosopher, Joseph Campbell. The Creativitee program is in fact an heroic program because it surfaces a kind of inner bravery to reveal creative talents and to "not be afraid to hang your art on the wall. This seemingly trite quote is in fact one of the key behaviors that sets true creatives apart from the general population. For anyone not familiar with Campbell's "Myth of the Hero" work, it will be valuable to watch the series of interviews Campbell recorded before his death in 1987 and to read the text below.
Here are the videos we recommend you watch:
About Joseph Campbell
When he died in 1987 at the age of 83, he was considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on mythology, the stories and legends told by human beings through the ages to explain the universe and their place in it. The 20 books he wrote or edited have influenced artists and performers, as well as scholars and students. When he died, he was working on a monumental Historical Atlas of World Mythology, his effort to bring under one roof the spiritual and intellectual wisdom of a lifetime.
Mythology was to him the song of the universe, music so deeply embedded in our collective unconscious that we dance to it, even when we can’t name the tune.
Over the last two summers of his life, Bill Moyers taped these conversations in California, at Skywalker Ranch, the home of his friend, George Lucas, whose movie trilogy Star Wars had been influenced by Campbell’s work.
"There is a certain typical hero sequence of actions, which can be detected in stories from all over the world, and from many, many periods of history. And I think it’s essentially, you might say, the one deed done by many, many different people.
Well, because that’s what’s worth writing about. I mean, even in popular novel writing, you see, the main character is the hero or heroine, that is to say, someone who has found or achieved or done something beyond the normal range of achievement and experience. A hero properly is someone who has given his life to something bigger than himself or other than himself.
There are two types of deed. One is the physical deed; the hero who has performed an act of selfless bravery or a physical act of heroism in saving a life, that’s a hero act. Giving himself, sacrificing himself to another. And the other kind is the spiritual hero, who has learned or found a mode of experiencing the supernormal range of human spiritual life, and then come back and communicated it. It’s a cycle, it’s a going and a return, that the hero cycle represents.
But then this can be seen also in the simple initiation ritual, where a child has to give up his childhood and become an adult, has to die, you might say, to his infantile personality and psyche and come back as a self-responsible adult. It’s a fundamental experience that everyone has to undergo, we're in our childhood for about 14 years, and then to get out of that posture of dependency, psychological dependency, into one of psychological self-responsibility, requires a death and resurrection, and that is the basic motif of the hero journey, Leaving one condition, finding the source of life to bring you forth in a richer or more mature or other condition."
Otto Rank, in his wonderful, very short book called The Myth of the Birth of the Hero, says, "everyone is a hero in their birth. The baby has undergone a tremendous transformation from a little, you might say, water creature. living in a realm of the amniotic fluid and so forth, then coming out, becoming an air-breathing mammal that ultimately will be self-standing and so forth, is an enormous transformation and it is a heroic act, and it’s a heroic act on the mother’s part to bring it about. It’s the primary hero, hero form, you might say."
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