Comments (35)

Vicky North

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 4:04 PM - Permalink

I totally agree that we are still fostering creative problem solvers here in America. I just returned from a trip to Cupertino and was exposed to people from all over the world coming to this place to be a part of developing the next technology breakthrough products. If their countries nurtured this type creative environment then these people would stay home. America is still offering opportunities for people to think out of the box and develop projects that others can not even conceive the need for. Just visit Facebook, Google, and Apple and see the diversity of the employees.

Barbara Swanner

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 10:47 PM - Permalink

I am not the least surprised by the results, my daughter just returned from a trip to Japan, and even though she did photograph historic places many of the images were of products and signage that seemed a lot fresher and more creative than things I see here in the states. Entertainment venues for the young seemed not just really exciting, but more futuristic than anything I have seen here, it seems that creativity is given more freedom there, and so it flourishes.

Jan Hunsicker

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 9:30 AM - Permalink

I was most surprised that the world view seems to have the impression that the US and Japan are leaders in creativity.

Leigh Howser

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 10:24 AM - Permalink

I am not surprised by some of the statistics in the infographic. In my workplace most people would agree that the pressure is on to be more productive rather than creative. I also believe that the current approach to teaching combined with the introduction of a rigid national curriculum does absolutely nothing towards encouraging and supporting creativity.

uma ravi

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 3:51 PM - Permalink

This graphic information is not a surprise to me.Teaching in schools have become more syllabus oriented with lot of pressure on students with homework and testing that they have little time to creative thinking.But within the means we try to initiate methods for creativity and inculcate the habit of thinking.

Kathleen Bailey

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 3:44 PM - Permalink

I was surprised that Japan is viewed as the most creative by the five countries surveyed and that most of the creativity in the U.S. is defined through New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

This does not match my perspective. I am dismayed by the standardized form testing that drove education in the U.S. in our recent past; however, I am encouraged by the willingness of teachers to create new ways of student learning with creative expressions and using the common core as a driver.

Karen Ellis

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 10:50 AM - Permalink

I am not surprised that only 25% of work time is being creative at work. Marketing departments do that is the attitude for most organisations. Workplaces are driven around profits and outcomes. But if people had more thinking and creative time new ideas could be generated that could change how we work.

Bhuvana Sriram

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 4:02 PM - Permalink

I am not surprised by the graphic information. We teachers are assessed by the results and that itself is a great pressure on us to venture on creativity in every work that we do. Also we have to focus on the curriculum that we have to complete in a stipulated time. But in spite of this we are trying to inculcate and impart education using creativity which satisfies the time slot of our lesson plan.

Lourdes Fuller

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 11:31 PM - Permalink

How can schools be more creative when all the subject areas that can not be assessed linearly with a multiple choice tests are being eliminated???? Political pressure and accountability want easy to measure schools. Creativity is expensive, hard to measure, time consuming and difficult to teach.

deston tanner

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 8:47 PM - Permalink

Has anyone made a business case for increasing creativity in their company?

Frank Vandenburg

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 3:22 AM - Permalink

I wonder if the people answering the questions took into account all of the various types of creative activity or just those traditionally associated with the arts or certain new technologies. I think sometimes that those societies with more challenges foster much more creativity in finding solutions even though it is creativity in areas not traditionally thought of as creative.

Stephanie Davidson

Posted on Jul 5, 2014 11:28 PM - Permalink

The graphic description of creative potential really did not surprise me. It definitely reveals the countries that have the most creativity are the countries that have the most innovation.

Ernest Whiteman

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 2:37 PM - Permalink

I have seen this infographic before in my work as a mentor with AYV and working in the classrooms, can only agree that we do not leave a lot of room for creativity when students have so much studying for the test and testing to do. We try to foster creativity in the moments. By that I mean, we are aware we do not have a lot of time and some state that creativity takes time, but if we can lead a discussion or project to a specified end, most times, ideas will spark and the students will see that they can be creative as well. This infographic is a great discussion starter.

Matthew Stephens

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 9:15 PM - Permalink

Creativity is often limited by the need to develop solutions within limited time frames. Students are having more and more crammed into their curriculum and are utilising a near enough is good enough approach to project based tasks. Their digital world is so dominant and pre programmed - their expectation is that this should flow into the other areas of their lives.

Phil Feain

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 7:47 AM - Permalink

I am not surprised by the fact that 75% of respondents say that they are under pressure to be productive rather than creative at work. The issue about the lack of creativity is that ultimately we are all measured against productivity and results. Be it work or school we are attempting to meet goals within a certain period of time. We have to meet quotas. Performance reviews, surveys, budgets and people reapplying for their jobs. The fact is that we have to be productive in order to get results. Some people have to do this in order to keep their job or to get a bonus. Students have to get results to move to the next level or to get the course of choice at their university of choice. Productivity is ultimately about competition and money.

Creativity on the other hand takes time. It is not always tangible and therefore not easy to measure the benefits, especially in the short term. It is often about a little bit of trial and error and sometimes failure. We don't seem to like failure within education and we definitely don't like it in the workplace. Creativity involves risk and productivity does not support risks. Is it fair to say that productivity can come at the expense of creativity?

Lana Powers

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 1:54 PM - Permalink

The information did not surprise me and it is consistent with my experience. One example is the data on which U.S. cities are seen as creative - New York, San Francisco, and LA - those that Americans deem as 'artsy'. Creativity is seen as being directly related to the arts and it will take creative education to change this mindset.

Eliot Attridge

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 7:15 AM - Permalink

I'd be interested in seeing a greater proportion of the world sampled- only 5 countries were surveyed (US, UK, Germany, France and Japan). What about places like Australia and NZ? Spain and Italy? Brazil and Argentina?

Creativity is often not emphasised enough in subjects outside of the arts. In science, for example, the great scientists were all creative- you have to be to come up with some original, inspirational ideas.

Rosie Watkins

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 6:41 AM - Permalink

It is surprising that although two thirds value creativity, we still don't seem to place an emphasis on developing it in our children. Only 25% will actually spend time themselves developing their creative abilities. There needs to be a major shift in way we think for our children sake.

Karen Henchy

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 11:31 PM - Permalink

I was surprised that globally Japan is seen as being the most creative country.

In regards to does the data match my experience:

In my opinion students today are not using their creative minds in their studies, fortunately educators can help students learn to create and take ownership of their academic achievements.

Manuel Moya

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 3:48 PM - Permalink

What information surprised you?

Answer: The information that surprised me was that only 80% of people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth. I think this is a must (100%) to achieve economic growth. The companies/corporations that once were successful and were satisfied with their achievements and opt to stay in the safe zone without implementing new ideas are no longer in business or are close to disappearing.

Does the data match your experience?

Answer: The data does not surprise me. As an instructor I can perceive the lack of creativity with my students. They are constantly being fed by media, TV, Internet, smart phones, etc. I believe they are not challenged enough to develop their creativity, but rather being told what to do. As a design instructor is my duty to tamper in those now suppressed skills and bring them to life.

Brad Woolley

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 2:33 PM - Permalink

The issue with bringing creativity into the the forefront of education, at least from my experience, is multi-pronged. Throughout my thirty-seven years of teaching I have seen funding for education significantly reduced. Schools are being forced into the proverbial step-sister role. Additionally the decision makers in education still tend to be those who are furthest removed from the classroom. I would not dream of trying to tell a lawyer how to best effect change in the legal system and yet non-educational professionals continue to decide what is best for my students. Then there is the paradigms of a vast majority of educators themselves. Most realize the system is an antiquated and ineffective system and yet they continue to do what they did last year, and the year before, and the year before, because change is hard and uncomfortable. Change dictates that one must be will to say: "I don't know but let's find out together." Change requires not a modification of one's paradigms but a complete and total revolution of ideas. Creativity in a collaborative and communicative learning environment is as alien to traditional education as peace is to diplomacy.

Rafiq Elmansy

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 2:13 PM - Permalink

I am pursuing my master degree in design management from UK and I agree with Oran Blackwood. UK is understanding their creative skills and trying to focus on it as a competency point against the emerging economies. Recently, I published a reading for Sir. George Cox review of Creativity in UK Economy (http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140310120822-4327494-a-reading-through-cox-review-of-creativity-in-business-building-on-the-uk-s-strengths?trk=mp-reader-card). A reference to the review is added in the bibliography section.

The info graphics reading is interesting but the findings are against what we see. countries like Germany and UK should have more share in creativity than it appears in the graphs. The number of inventions, Noble prize winners, creative products, creative education, and other facts make the infographic data little bit not logical.

Oran Blackwood

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 9:52 PM - Permalink

As a Londoner living in the East End I am surprised that the world and people living in the UK don't see that the British lack creativity. I am surrounded by creative people. But with a education minister that has made his personal mission to remove creative subjects from the national curriculum I can see the world overlooking us as a creative nation.

Olu Ojuroye

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 10:12 AM - Permalink

I think the idea that American is still the best creative country in the world according to the Global Creativity Gap is a statement of the past. Creativity is everywhere in every country nowadays. China is moving faster now than expected. The best electric cars are being designed elsewhere outside America too.

Olu Ojuroye

Jean Discorfano

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 10:10 PM - Permalink

I don't agree that Japan is the global leader in creativity. I think if the youngest students were given the opportunity to use more of their creativity and less of the rigid rules of learning they will happier and turn into better students in later years of school. I am not saying to not follow rules but schoolsb and workplace should allow the people to feel free to be creative.

Luise Grice

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 6:47 AM - Permalink

I feel that it is the students who need to be guiding us in what it is that inspires them, motivates them and what they like. Some may even be able to tell us how best they learn. Society doesn't enable or allow children to be children - free to express themselves. It is up to us to encourage and enable this in a safe and nurturing environment.

Luise G

Australia

Paul Callaghan

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 11:48 AM - Permalink

I think that the curriculum has to catch up with project based learning. The current school day consists of 6 x 50 minute periods five days a week. This is fractured eduction with no consistency between lessons. I think the primary or elementary school approach to learning the big picture is a keystone for all education.

Belinda Caulfield

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 2:30 PM - Permalink

When working with staff I often get the impression from staff that they do not have the time to be creative in lessons as a large amount of time is taken up with paperwork and marking. Staff are under a lot of pressure from inspectors, heads of faculty and learners to incorporate ILT, numeracy, literacy, and other elements that make up the course. With strict criteria there is little room for creativity especially if learners are being told they must use specific tools/packages to achieve the outcomes. For students to start being creative we need to ensure the staff are creative with their delivery, this may be achieved with team work and support for staff and students and encourage and demonstrate new ideas and examples of how creativity is being demonstrated in other sectors or establishments. I have seen some great examples on creativity whilst working through this course and will try to embed them into my staff development sessions. I think the statistics reflect the true outcome of creativity in the classroom, it is often dismissed to achieve outcomes and qualifications.

O Valdivia

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 4:57 AM - Permalink

Students have to be expose to real life situations and be given the opportunity to think own their own. The need to be allowed to be creative if we want them to be effective in this competitive global community. Students are not really competing among schools, state, or the nation. Students are competing with the world.

Star Mitrani

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 4:37 AM - Permalink

Statistics are demonstrating that we need to put more emphasis on creativity in education and less stress on educators to show students' progress via standardized testing.

Colleen Velasquez

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 1:06 AM - Permalink

I was surprised to see Japan is seen as a creativity leader globally; it's a little counter-intuitive. However, it does say that Americans think we are the most creative. I also thought it was interesting that 75% of the respondents thought there is more pressure to be productive than creative. What this tells me is that there is a class distinction going on between those who have been allowed to be creative (they get to put on the pressure) and those who have not been allowed (they are the worker bees). Now, society has pretty much always had this distinction (I teach history, by the way). Further, this leads me to think we cannot all be creative because we need worker bees. However, a link between productivity and creativity could push the "creative elite" for lack of a better term, to allow and even encourage them to reward creativity on the job. Interesting topic.

Robin Pence

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 12:33 AM - Permalink

The statistics are interesting. I feel that my job requires me to be creative - always. Working with students, inspiring teachers, this is very much a part of what I do. It is frustrating when I do not see it in others, those who are content to just keep doing what they have to in order to get through the school year, having lost their own passion for what they do. I love seeing these statistics though too, because they are important for educators and administrators to have serious conversations about in relationship to the curriculum and what we provide for our students. It is important for us to help students follow their passions, to take risks in their learning, and see where they can take us all.

Dara Zimmer

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 7:03 PM - Permalink

Overall, my thoughts on the information given is just an eyebrow raiser. The idea that the majority of the people poled think that creativity is valuable is not surprising combined with the idea that a quarter of those polled also feel that they do not live up to their creative potential. The US has a habit of saying one thing and doing another: In that, if they thought creativity was so valuable, they would arm their children and young adults with the confidence and the tools to create.

Gabriel Ochoa Rojas

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 1:29 PM - Permalink

Sorry but i must write in Spanish.

Los datos estadísticos, nos muestran que se hace necesario, cambiar los modelos de enseñanza-aprendizaje, los contenidos curriculares y se hace urgente incluir y desarrollar laboratorios dirigidos a estimular la creatividad como eje principal en el desarrollo de competencias laborales. Todo lo anterior para responder de manera adecuada a las exigencias del mundo moderno en lo referente al uso de nuevas tecnologías, que requieren profesionales especializados, ágiles, entregados a la investigación y desarrollo. Esto debe implementarse desde la formación básica primaria.

Lesa Thompson

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 12:42 AM - Permalink

I can't say I'm surprised by the information presented in the graphic--only saddened that as standardization continues to be the juggernaut that destroys education, more and more of what I am being forced to do in the classroom seems to move me and my students further and further away from real creativity.