I posted some thoughts on creativity over on LinkedIn last week – see here.
When I ask a typical business audience whether they think of themselves as creative or uncreative, I usually get a 50:50 split. I find this really sad. In our work at Visual Meaning, it’s one of the biggest challenges we face when coaching and training people. If you believe you can’t do something then you don’t bother practising, so you just don’t get any better.
I was talking to someone over the weekend about Paulo Freire’s influential book from the 1970s, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. I read it many years ago, and because it’s written in quite a philosophical / academic style I remembered making some sketch notes after reading it to help me remember the main themes.
After a bit of digging, here they are! Freire’s basic idea is that you can’t “teach” people suffering under oppression out of their oppression, at least not using the typical western “banking” concept of education, where I tell you the truth and you have to replay the facts back to me. Instead you have to create a curriciulum from the symbols that are meaningful to the oppressed people themselves, and engage them in dialogue.
If this sparks your interest then I’d highly recommend reading the book. Here’s a good extended summary of the main themes.