Creativity Crisis in the US – a rebuttal

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What a fresh perspective.  Just read Micheal Schrage’s Harvard Business Review blog post “Creativity Crisis, What Creativity Crisis” and absolutely adored his commentary.  You’ve got to read it for yourself.  New ideas and new decisions for creating exciting new futures in creativity.  Thanks Michael!

A few highlights

“Yes, America’s economy is awful. But so what? Hard times haven’t nicked, dented or damaged this country’s creative core competence. To the contrary, they’ve made more people more interested in being more creative. Spend serious time at research university labs. Or sit in on 10K business plan competitions. Or wander through Silicon Valley incubators and Texas industrial parks. Or listen to top-tier venture capitalists. You’ll be impressed. There’s no shortage of creativity and ingenuity here.”

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“America has a creativity glut. Over two decades, I’ve not heard a single venture capitalist suggest any perceptible decline in the creative quality and content of the business proposals they see. If anything, their innovation buffet has expanded. Aspiring pundits shouldn’t confuse macroeconomic malaise with creative constipation.”

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“My bet is that the overwhelming majority of today’s children and adolescents will be getting all kinds of creative stimulation and challenge from the video-games they play and the social networks they manage via their digital devices. Needless to say, traditional tests of convergent/divergent creative thinking probably aren’t well-suited for capturing these new genres and modes of creative development.”

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Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business, is the author of Serious Play and the forthcoming Getting Beyond Ideas.