Changing Currents in Education and Public Life
Edited by Lynn Book and David Phillips
Chapter 1: Creativity in the liberal arts: Critical perspectives and proposals
We feel the pulse of creativity in our lives as each breath holds the potential for a new idea that will change the course of things in small and large scale. We are immersed in creativity’s indelible past as we navigate the day holding coffee cups, hammers, cell phones and someone’s hand, not fully aware that we are also opening doors to future possibility. When we are deeply engaged in creativity – generating, experimenting, experiencing, communicating, transforming – we feel most alive (Csikszentmihalyi, 1996). When we visualize a better world in concert with and for others, we come to realize that creative action develops empathy and kindles the urgency that will get us there. In the developed world, creativity’s contributions surround us and enable the achievement of remarkable feats. However, the dazzle of invention often blinds us to the devastating consequences of creativity put to use in the name of progress or protection.
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