Creativity Conference post-post script: Children's manifesto

This manifesto was read at the closing ceremony, with a reminder that it applies to us all. It’s author was a noted and revered researcher in creativity who developed an education method to integrate teaching creativity and course content simultaneously in what is now known as the Torrance Incubation Model, or TIM.

The Manifesto for Children

E. Paul Torrance…

Don’t be afraid to fall in love with something
and pursue it with intensity.

Know, understand, take pride in, practice, develop, exploit
and enjoy your greatest strengths.

Learn to free yourself from the expectations of others
and to walk away from the games they impose on you.

Free yourself to play your own game.

Find a great teacher or mentor who will help you.

Learn the skills of interdependence.

Don’t waste energy trying to be well rounded.

Do what you love and can do well.

© E. P. Torrance (1983) Manifesto for Children, Athens, GA:
Georgia Studies of Creative Behavior and Full Circle Counseling, Inc.