After a summer of exploring, sharing, and *hopefully* inspiring creativity, I realized we never defined creativity. Turns out that’s no small task – many a doctoral candidate has earned their PhD with a dissertation attempting to define it.
So I decided to go back the the basics and look up the definition in the dictionary. Here it is:
1. the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
Not bad, but a bit narrow (is all creativity artistic???) for my liking. So I looked to the thesaurus and got the following synonyms:
Great vocabulary words to substitute should the opportunity arise, but now I’ve gone too broad. Back to my original question: what is creativity?
Turns out I was asking the wrong question. When I went back to the thesaurus I found only one antonym listed:
By defining what creativity is not, I found the best definition I’ve ever encountered of what it is:
Making the unreal, real.
It’s creating supernatural from natural; extraordinary from ordinary; possible from impossible. It’s landing on the moon. It’s calming a screaming child. It’s inventing the lightbulb. It’s discovering a new route to the grocery store.
It’s all of the above just so long as…
It’s not reality.