Category Archives: Creativity

Autopoiesis in Creativity and Art

The term autopoiesis, (meaning ‘self’) and ‘poiesis’ (meaning ‘creation, production’) defines a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself. The term was introduced by the theoretical biologists, Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, in 1972 to define the self-maintaining chemistry of … Continue reading

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Autopoiesis and Creativity

For many years three key aspects of creative processes have been glossed over by theorists eager to avoid the mystery of consciousness and instead embrace an implicitly more formal, computational vision: autonomy, phenomenality and the temporally embedded and bounded nature of creative processes. In … Continue reading

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Neurodiversity: the key to corporate creativity

Most people haven’t heard of neurodiversity. Last week I wrote an article about my own brush with bipolarism and how mental illness can actually be a positive experience. It seemed to strike a nerve. It fast became one of our … Continue reading

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Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up

Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education. His talk, ‘How Schools Kill Creativity’, is the most viewed in the history of TED and has been seen by millions of people all over the world. In … Continue reading

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The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

Kids walk into schools full of wonder and questions. How you, as an educator, respond to students’ natural curiosity can help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future. The traditional system of … Continue reading

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Modelling Creativity: Identifying Key Components

Creativity is a complex, multi-faceted concept encompassing a variety of related aspects, abilities, properties and behaviors. If we wish to study creativity scientifically, then a tractable and well-articulated model of creativity is required. Such a model would be of great … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Creative Writing

The Psychology of Creative Writing takes a scholarly, psychological look at multiple aspects of creative writing, including the creative writer as a person, the text itself, the creative process, the writer’s development, the link between creative writing and mental illness, … Continue reading

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Truth from Trash – How Learning Makes Sense

This study of learning in autonomous agents offers a bracing intellectual adventure. Chris Thornton makes the compelling claim that learning is not a passive discovery operation but an active process involving creativity on the part of the learner. Although theorists … Continue reading

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Explaining Creativity

Explaining Creativity is an accessible introduction to the latest scientific research on creativity. The book summarizes and integrates a broad range of research in psychology and related scientific fields. In the last 40 years, psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists have devoted … Continue reading

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Both Dialogic and Dialectic

Wertsch’s sociocultural anthropology, grounded in a theory of mind which owes much to the ideas of Vygotsky and Bakhtin, has enabled a rich understanding of classroom learning in terms of ‘growing semiotic control’ and ‘mastery of the mediational means’. This … Continue reading

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