What causes one person to create with abandon and the other person to hold back their creative self? In a word: Confidence.
Specifically, CREATIVE CONFIDENCE.
Creative confidence is a term that’s been used a lot in recent discussions about innovation, design, raising creative kids, the difference between the two people scenario I just described and more. It’s especially used frequently in presentations by IDEO founder, David Kelley – a thought leader in the discussion around creativity.
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to launch into a deeper exploration of creative confidence – what it means, how to get it, how to keep it and how to pass it on.
Starting with an excellent article from the Children’s Creativity Museum, “Defining Creative Confidence,” which not only defines the term in a way that literally made me tear up (imparting the belief that “all of the ideas you create have value,” just could not be a better expression of what drives me – why I love writing Spark Factory articles for the WomanTalk Live eNewsletter and what my blog Idea Tango is all about. Communicating this TRUTH to all people – and especially to the next generation is, for me, a personal mission and life’s work.
And, not only does the Museum’s article define the term, but the author also illuminates the process this organization went through in getting to that definition and shares how it’s impacted their customer experience.
I found “Defining Creative Confidence” beyond fascinating and I want to share it with you as a way to start our discussion – I hope you enjoy!
To the value of ALL ideas,