This week we will be hearing from Amy Dryden who will present on "Key to Successful Individuals and Thriving Communities."
Creativity: Key to Successful Individuals and Thriving Communities
Research started in the 1960's and continuing today shows the significant decrease in creative abilities of most individuals over time, as measured both through personal reporting and validated testing measures. Often referred to as the "fourth grade slump" this decline in creative thinking has significant implications for both academic achievement and lifelong success. Theories regarding the cause of this decline point to school policy, brain development, and social development, implying some level of permanence in this decline. Recent research, however, clearly shows that creativity can be fostered and encouraged at any time during a person's lifespan. Because creative ability has been tied to health and success outcomes for both individuals and communities, promoting creativity is a meaningful tactic for improving communities. I'll briefly discuss the background research and provide a number of simple (and fun!) activities individuals can use to tap into and increase their innate creative abilities.