New research by Microsoft suggests that UK businesses are at risk of a creativity crisis because of a failure to encourage and support creativity within their organisations.
The research found that 40% of UK workers surveyed reported that innovation was not encouraged in their workplace. Major factors highlighted as hindering creativity included uninspiring workplaces (41%), a stressful atmosphere (34%) and a lack of appropriate spaces to focus (28%).
New research presented at the Word Economic Forum at Davos highlighted the key skills needed to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with the top three skills being ‘Complex Problem Solving’, ‘Critical Thinking’ and ‘Creativity.
Some lovely local initiatives are happening in South Wales in trying to get the community involved in proposing, supporting and developing new ideas. One good example is the Barry Ideas Bank setup by Andy Green.
If you are a Barry local, I would encourage you to go along to their next ‘Barry Kultura’ event on the 20th October at 7pm in the Memorial Hall.
Congratulations to Gina, Stef and the rest of the team for the official opening of their new school on the 15th September 2014. Createschools is a new non-government, progressive, global school in Tutzing, near Munich, Germany.
You can find out more about the school by following the links below:
Createschools Facebook page
Theory U is described as “first as a framework; second, as a method for leading profound change; and third, as a way of being – connecting to the more authentic of higher aspects of our self.” It has been developed by Otto Scharmer and his team at MIT as part of the Presencing Institute. It is well worth checking out.
It brings together ideas from the areas of Intrinsic Motivation, Ethnography, Mindfulness and Design Thinking – and has a strong link to our own philosophy of creativity described in our LCD Model with the person’s ‘State of Being’ at the heart of the process.
To read more about their thoughts, ideas and projects it is well worth reading the book ‘Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economics‘ by Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer. They also have a lot of free content, tools and resources on their website.
You can also tune into the live stream of their Global Forum 2014 event on the 11-12 February 2014.
David Kelley co-founder IDEO talks about his new book ‘Creative Confidence’ and how to get people to gain confidence in their own creativity and create a culture of creativity inside an organisation.