Workshop 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology 2019

Creative Futures - Failure, Flow and Flexibility (#56)

Kirsten Cottone 1 2
  1. Creative Transformation, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria

In a rapidly changing world, Sir Ken Robinson (2006) famously argues that the only way to effectively prepare for the future is to become more creative. Creativity is now considered critical to business success and The Australian Curriculum recently included creative thinking as a key capability. Yet there is frequently a gap between the desired outcome and well-researched, evidence-based programs that deliver the processes that build creativity.

Creative Transformation is an innovative system which employs practical, arts-based activities to foster the creative potential of students, employees and leaders alike. This workshop asks participants to consider what blocks and what promotes creativity, both in themselves and in those they lead. To answer these questions, participants are exposed to theories and ideas on failure, flow and cognitive flexibility from a systems perspective. They are then given the opportunity to experience their own creative process in action, through simple drama, singing and visual arts activities. These hands-on experiences are used to precipitate discussion and extrapolation regarding practical applications of failure, flow and flexibility in the modern workplace, classroom and beyond.

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