Week 2 lecture Glen Spoors: Understanding the meanings of creativity and where creativity started and evolved

My dictionary definition of creativity is “1. Having the ability or power to create things. 2. Creating; productive. Often used with of. 3. Characterized by originality and expressiveness; imaginative.” (McGraw- Hill, 1969, p. 311) Creativity is not a new term, it is considered to of happened for many years. “The origins in creativity maybe seen in some of the earliest creations: statues and cave paintings.” (Spoors, 2011 p.3)

When I Google ‘creativity definition’ there is different key words that are shown such as advertising, design, digital creativity, innovation, whole brain thinking, experiences, ideas, power to create, turning ideas into reality and many more. This shows creativity isn’t associated to one subject as it can be experienced through a number of different areas.

During the tests of time ‘creativity’ was associated to many different traditions:

  •  “In rhetoricians we can see “creativity” admired in terms of how cleverly a speaker swayed an audience. In the Presocratics we may see “creativity” in the development of new theories about the nature of the world slide.” (Spoors, 2011 p.6)
  •  “For Christians, the original creative mind was God and everything of value was already known. “Creatio” meant “creation from nothing”, i.e. divine Creation. “Creativity” involved (re)working traditional Christian symbols to illustrate timeless truths (e.g. painted glass) So to speak of one’s own creation may have made no sense: it was Providence or the Devil’s work.” (Spoors, 2011 p.8)
  •  “Industrial revolution. Creativity involved developing new inventions and methods. A new leisure class could consume artistic creations as mass commodities.” (Spoors, 2011 p.12)
  •  “Creativity therefore was both a form of personal expression and spiritual communication.” (Spoors, 2011 p.14)
  •  “Post- industrial creativity. To be “creative” connotes that you are individual who is and/or is able to produce “cultural capital” (i.e. the word brings your status).”
    (Spoors, 2011 p.17)

I believe creativity can be anything; it isn’t a set form of artistic purpose as it can be related to mechanics, books, food, products and many more. It doesn’t have to be just
pleasing to the eye as it could be useful such as a close peg.

(Sekejai, 2011)

(Shaken Grid Premium, 2011)

The understanding of “creativity” has altered over time, thus depends upon which traditions one is drawing from today.  Although creativity was once seen as imaginative and one of a kind, in today’s society there is no such thing as original as we all say ‘it has all been done before.’ Maybe one day with new technology looming upon us creativity
will be embracing our knowledgeable species.

Who really knows what creativity means? Everyone has their own opinion on what it could consist of. Who is to say an object has the opportunity to be creative or not? It just seems like this word has too much information to hold onto making it harder to have a proper connotation or meaning. Every dictionary is biased on explaining what creativity means. This whole idea is kind of like reading a newspaper and looking at what ranking of stars an editor has given a new movie. It’s their opinion not yours, how can one person determine a rating for millions of viewers saying it’s only two stars not worth seeing, maybe people might enjoy it better than the reviewer. Who are we to trust others judgment when we have a different opinion?


McGraw- Hill. (1969). The heritage illustrated
dictionary of the English language. In M. Hill. New York: Mc Graw- Hill
International Book Company.

Sekejai. (2011, Feburary). Creativity.
Retrieved from ESP for Psychology:

Shaken Grid Premium. (2011). Where
spirit, creativity, evolution and pop culture meet
. Retrieved from C – Cam
Collective: http://c-cam.org/shoutout/collaborators/

Spoors, G. (2011). CCA1103
Lecture notes
. Retrieved from Edith Cowan University, School of Education
and Arts web site: https://lms.sca.ecu.edu.au/units/CCA1103/lectures/week_2_Creativity_A_Historical_Overview.pdf


~ by courtzbb on June 5, 2011.

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