Lecturer: Associate Professor Arthur Gogatz
Course Methodology: Lectures, Discussions, Exercises, Role Plays, Multimedia
This is a highly challenging course which will set the tone for the entire program. The objective of this first course is to help participants identify and grab the full, natural creativity they had as children. The theories of creativity are relatively simple but the application of those theories are not. This course will start the process and it will throw a lot of things at the people who take it. Gradually, over the course of the program, participants will, each at their own pace, have the opportunity to adopt the creative attitude. We are at the beginning of a new information and communications renaissance, in which bold, innovative thinking is and will be more important than ever before. Creativity is something we all need, yet something which few of us are able to reacquire once we lose it.
Ninety percent of children are highly creative, but only two percent of adults are. Social and educational institutions put enormous pressure on us to adopt the established way of looking at things and that causes people to lock up their creativity as they wade through adolescence. Some people are able to keep the creative attitudes they had as children into their adult lives and then expand and develop them. Most people cannot. Most people lose their creativity at a fairly young age, bump into it occasionally after that and never really do much with it.
The good news is that you can regain the full creativity you had as child if you really want to. Creativity is not a gift or a talent, it’s an attitude which can be attained by anyone. This means creativity can be developed, nurtured, coached and taught. Creativity means seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what no one has thought. To do that we need to free ourselves from the restrictive patterns which prevent seeing other perspectives. It means eliminating boundaries and previously held perceptions and limitations about how things look, function or should be. It means breaking through the psychological barriers that inhibit us from considering things and people from multi perspectives.
People today need to be able to think out of the box, simply because the world has become less predictable than in the past. Out of the box thinking gets people to change speeds to see the big picture before focusing on the details. It teaches people to assume less, allowing them to see ideas and solutions that they would ordinarily overlook.
The box represents close-minded thinking. It’s what keeps us from recognizing and then seeing other perspectives and points of view. It’s what keeps us closed in upon ourselves, keeps us focused on our own problems and lives. When we’re too focused on ourselves we don’t respond to outside stimuli and ideas. “The box” is where we live, who we associate with and what we do. The box is our security blanket. It’s our habits, our customs, and our routines. It’s whatever doesn’t challenge us. The box represents our comfort zones. This first course will get its participants out of the boxes.