Developing the most important skill of the 21st Century
Mindful Creativity will train students to bring creative and innovative thinking to any their professional—as well as personal—life. We will use stories, exercises, and practical recommendations to help people discover, practice, and develop their own creative abilities.
In the article “The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the World Economic Forum predicts that creativity will go from being the tenth most important job skill in 2015 to being the third most important job skill by 2020. According to the article, “Robots may help us get to where we want to be faster, but they can’t be as creative as humans (yet).”
As a result workers in all fields will need to up their creative game in order to stay competitive.
Creativity, or creative thinking, is not a skill that many people believe they have. Instead of a skill to be practiced, many believe it is a talent you are either born with or not. Like art, when it comes to being creative, many people agree: “I don’t know much about it, but I know what I like.”
Simply stated, creativity is the ability to take information from a variety, often disparate, sources and meld those ideas into new and novel ways of thinking about or solving a problem. Although computers are replacing humans for many tasks, creativity is something that computers cannot do, at least not in the way that we think of as human creativity.
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while being aware of one’s own physical and emotion sensations without allowing them to become overwhelming. For creativity, mindfulness is increasingly being understood as a vital skill, allowing people to better observe and understand what is needed and what successful outcomes look like as a framework to develop creative solutions. In my own teaching at Drexel University, I have applied mindfulness in the classroom with great results, allowing students to better open themselves to possibilities.
There is a growing need to understand what creativity is and how anyone can improve their creativity skills. Mindful Creativity will apply the practice of mindfulness to the understanding of creative practice allowing anyone open to the possibilities to improve their ability for creative thought.
Who this is for
In the next few years, the need to train workforces in creative problem solving will grow dramatically. Mindful Creativity targets anyone who wants to upgrade their job performance by tapping into creative abilities they may not have know they have, or learn new and better ways of improving the creative abilities they already use.
Students will learn…
- How important creativity will be to remain competitive in an increasingly automated world.
- Presents creativity as a skill that can be developed and applied in a variety of situations.
- Uses the most current research and thinking on how to access creative ideas, presented in an easily understood and consumable language.
- Shows a wide variety of true-life stories collected by or experienced by the author.
- Based on tested teaching practices by the author in both professional and academic settings.
- Provides practical and immediately usable exercises and methods to bring out creativity in anyone.