It’s been a week for fun conversations about creativity and education. I chatted to Bill Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep, in a private interview about self-publishing for his forthcoming book about the transformation of the arts and arts careers in the new economy.
And I had these questions from a journalist about creativism: I thought you might like to read the answers.
Is there a creativist within all of us that we can tap into or is this the difference between people?
Creativism draws on what is a universal capacity and source of power. The problem is that had been suppressed in most of us by our education and social systems. we’ve all been taught to privilege other ways of thinking – the analytical, the rational, the critical — add to be passive consumers instead of conscious creators
Can you apply creativism to your life as a conscious approach to life or must we have something tangible to show?
By tangible do you mean material? Creativism helps us to unfold what we most truly want, that might be things or experiences. A good marriage, for example, is every bit as tangible as a nice house.
Can creativism be used in more formal education to help with the more structured side of learning, such as revising or preparing for exams?
Creativism can be used everywhere. It’s a brilliant learning tool not just for the liberal arts but also in applied vocational courses. more importantly, it attunes the student to their true enthusiasms and their natural learning style. Alas, such is the state of most of our education systems, they don’t have the structures to accommodate it.
In today’s world, mental health is more freely talked about and recognised. Is there any particular element of mental health and wellbeing or special educational needs that would benefit from the creativist approach in particular?
This is the topic of the book Your Not Crazy, You’re Creative. When we human beings are cut off from our own creative power, we become first disillusioned, then despairing, then depressed. Most doctors, counsellors and therapists encountering this label it a psychological problem. Sometimes it may be, but I believe it is primarily an educational problem. Most people don’t know how to consciously create what they most truly want to create in their lives.
What difference has your development of the Go Creative series made to you, personally?
It gave me an understanding of what I do and why I do it that has been incredibly empowering and energizing
If Orna Ross was to help make a difference to people’s lives, what would the difference be?
I see my work as helping others achieve their creative potential — in writing, in publishing and in life. The most important way I do that is by achieving my own, by walking my own creative talk, but also by sharing what I’ve come to know.
And by offering what I call “containers”, spaces where people can give themselves permission to expand and flourish.