By Ian Rosenfeldt
Creativity has a great many definitions. Some are academic, some focus on the definition of a creative product and some wax philosophical about making connections between seemingly disconnected elements. One definition that resonates with me personally is that creativity is the ability to modify self-imposed restraints (credit to Ackoff and Vergara for that one). Let’s spend a quick penny and take a closer look at this definition.
If creativity is an ability, then we all have it to varying degrees. Since abilities can be developed and improved, then it stands to reason that we can develop and improve our own creativity whether we know it yet or not!
Self-imposed restraints…this is where things get interesting…a restraint is an influence that inhibits…and if this restraint is self-imposed, then you and you alone have the ability to remove it!
It would be unfair to think that we will excel at things we’ve never even tried before and yet we often impose restraints that prevent us from exploring new things, specifically because we don’t want to be bad at them. This can be based on peer pressure, fear, shyness, upbringing, cultural norms…and the list goes on.
Perhaps one of those situations is at a concert or musical event where the rhythm is urging us to tap our toes, shuffle our feet, swing our hips or just nod to the beat. How many of us actually take to the dance floor without a care in the world? Some people won’t even dance at home in the privacy of their own living rooms!
There are many reasons we give ourselves to not step out of our comfort zone. Some of us don’t like “winding it up” on the dance floor, not wanting to look the fool. Some of us feel we couldn’t “get down” even if we had a helping hand and a stepladder….
How does this relate to Mindcamp, you ask? Stay with me, I’m almost there….one of the best things about Mindcamp is this — the atmosphere lends itself to trying new things. One might say that Mindcamp and its’ participants will act as a catalyst for your creative spirit!
Most importantly, as any past participant will tell you, exploring your silly side is an essential step in unleashing the wellspring of creativity that flows from within each of us.
At Mindcamp, we’re given a get out of jail free card to break our own rules and to try something new. What’s stopping you from dusting off those ol’ dancin’ shoes and rockin’ to the rhythm?
See you there!
Ian Rosenfeldt is a Mindcamp alumnus who pursues optimal experience on bikes of all sorts, behind two turntables, in the mountains (not often enough) and catalyzing peoples creativity by gifting them cognitive mixtapes from his homebase in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Eh!