Exploring Your Creative Gifts

11 01 2011

As I said in a previous post, I’ve heard that the number 11 symbolizes creativity. If that is so, then this year is a year for exploration and creativity. I’d like to focus on ways to open up the creative mind. And what better day to start than 1-11-11? I’ve done a great deal of reading on creativity — my master’s thesis was on stimulating creativity in art education. My premise was that everyone was born an artist (and I believe that applies to music, writing, art, and all other creative endeavors), but that early experiences stunt creativity. In addition to ways to improve art education for school students, a portion of my thesis focused on helping adult regain their creativity.

As a writer and an artist, I surround myself with creative, talented people. And one thing I find is that most of them do not lose their childlike engagement with the world. That, I believe, is one of the most important elements in stimulating creativity—a sense of wonder. A willingness to suspend disbelief, to explore with an open mind.

That is the gift I’d love to give everyone this year.





Creative Commons

9 08 2010

In keeping with the theme I’ve been discussing of free intellectual property, I thought I’d mention Creative Commons. Their slogan is:

Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally

Here’s what their website says about this nonprofit organization:

“We work to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.”

They provide “tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The Creative Commons licenses enable people to easily change their copyright terms from the default of ‘all rights reserved’ to ‘some rights reserved.’”

If you’re into sharing, it’s a great place to go. You can get a license (or should I say a licence, which is the British spelling for the noun?) for your work to allow others to use it and share it. Not only can you donate work, but they have many things available to use. Check it out. Best of all it’s global.

Creative Commons licenses are available in the following languages: