5 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
We have heard thinkers like Ken Robinson and others make a case for the
importance of creativity. We’ve read how CEOs have identified creativity as
the top-ranked leadership competency for the future. And, on a personal
level, we recognize the desire to be creative in our lives. How do schools
retool or recreate themselves to become institutions that reliably develop
all learners to recombine information and materials as a way of operating
and creating value in the world?
In Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, Cognitive
Psychologist, Scott Barry Kaufman shares three main “super-factors” of
personality that highly correlate with creativity. These Super-Factors are:
Plasticity - the tendency and flexibility to engage with new ideas, objects
and situations. These characteristics are all related to inspiration and supply
people with the motivation and drive to explore.
Divergence - differing with others, thinking independently, being less apt to
agree with others and defer to the status quo. These characteristics supply
people with the ability to go against popular thought and pervading wisdom
to consider produce new ideas and solutions.
Convergence - the ability to find agreement with other and do what it takes
to make ideas practical and viable. These characteristics enable people to
bring ideas to fruition.
These super-traits drive people to explore, to develop the new thinking
needed to create new ideas, and enables them to focus on forging practical
agreements and solutions that bring new ideas into being. Developing
learners with these super traits requires them to attend creative schools.
School-based R&D helps schools become creative institutions by
systematically inviting, encouraging, and equipping people throughout the