Creativity is teachable.

Creativity is teachable.

Postby majid » Sun Jul 31, 2022 9:02 pm

I used to do a social job for more than 7 years. It was a tutoring job at a spinal cord injured society in my hometown, Isfahan. We started with some basic exercises and then tried a modified version of Osborn's technique and the result was astounding. Some of the group members who were shy, after some while not only had enough confidence to speak in the group and express themselves but also had jaw-dropping creative ideas.
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Re: Creativity is teachable.

Postby majid » Thu Aug 11, 2022 6:43 am

I would love to know if you experienced a similar experience, please.
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Re: Creativity is teachable.

Postby Rich O Brien » Thu Aug 11, 2022 2:00 pm

We have similar programs here for people with disabilities to find new outlets with creativity.

I've not contributed myself but know people who are very committed to giving people with disabilities a place and space to learn. Our schools have made massive changes over the years to move 'special education' students into the regular school programs.

Its great that the old 'institutional' approach to learning for people with disabilities is no longer the only option. Sadly, post-schooling, young adults with disabilities have learning opportunities taper off.

So while I've not had an experience like you and your friends had I appreciate that you invested time into something that yields massive returns for all involved.
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Re: Creativity is teachable.

Postby JQL » Thu Aug 11, 2022 3:44 pm

I was envolved with a group that tried using art, creativity and psychology to enhance people lives inside companies. The aim was to trigger their potential as workers by becoming more human first.

It was too interesting and too much fun, so it failed because it became more of a philosophical and artistic movement. Helped me become more creative and connected to myself. I think maybe it didn't fail after all...

Your thing is way more interesting and useful though. I'd like to know more.
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Postby majid » Fri Aug 12, 2022 8:15 am

Rich O Brien wrote:We have similar programs here for people with disabilities to find new outlets with creativity.

I've not contributed myself but know people who are very committed to giving people with disabilities a place and space to learn. Our schools have made massive changes over the years to move 'special education' students into the regular school programs.

Good to know that. Here I believe that Dr. Pestei and his friend who met each other at the hospital after the injury, based the association for the first time. Soon I joined the association. At first, the members were somehow suspicious of my intention but soon trusted me. I asked if they are able to brush their teeth. Then learned how they may paint a simple flower in a vase using their fingers and oil color tube directly out of the tube.....
Later I learned some of them how that may model using SketchUp. The most amazing experience was the creativity course though.

Rich O Brien wrote: So while I've not had an experience like you and your friends had I appreciate that you invested time into something that yields massive returns for all involved.

Thank you, that was a mutual benefit. I also learned much.
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Postby majid » Fri Aug 12, 2022 8:20 am

JQL wrote:I was envolved with a group that tried using art, creativity and psychology to enhance people lives inside companies. The aim was to trigger their potential as workers by becoming more human first.
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Your thing is way more interesting and useful though. I'd like to know more.

Great to know.
I started with a very basic skill; how to see the objects properly. Learned them to describe ordinary objects in detail. It took some while and then we tried Osborn's technique.
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Re: Creativity is teachable.

Postby pbacot » Sat Aug 13, 2022 5:44 am

Not sure what to respond to. Do you have a link to a specific paper or technique?

I find at this point that I am personally uninspired. Someone basically has to give me a task and I can go with it, but, that's about it!
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Re: Creativity is teachable.

Postby majid » Sat Aug 13, 2022 10:44 pm

We usually used to go through the four rules:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainstorming#Four_rules

Soon we had more and more "wiled and unexpected" ideas.
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Re: Creativity is teachable.

Postby pbacot » Tue Aug 16, 2022 4:35 pm

Thanks!
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Re: Creativity is teachable.

Postby majid » Tue Aug 16, 2022 5:39 pm

As some were illiterate, the creative thinking technique made them think wilder compared to well-educated members of the group. I vividly remember the session on mobility ideas and the old lady with no education who suggested some sci-fi ideas! She was very shy when we started our journey and after the 3rd month was one of the best sparkles of the team!
As they had plenty of time to think and imagine and were encouraged to think wildly!
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