A critical and Practical Analysis

Introduction
  • Creativity is not confined to the visual and performing arts – it is an essential ingredient of all disciplines and professions. “ There is no such thing as a logical method of having new ideas or a logical reconstruction of this process” Karl Popper.
  • The above quote is a clear indication of how we as humans do not always find logic in the same things or using the same process.
  • It is therefore the aim of this module that at the end of it, participants are triggered to pick out and try what might work for them.
  • Some of the ideas presented should help (some) people to formulate their own ideas of how to go forward, be it in their career options or discipline area, in a way that is relevant to them and what they aspire to achieve.
  • Most fields are saturated with graduates from all over the country or even the world. The competition is dire and the only way for a graduate to thrive is by standing out. This is where innovative and creative thinking come into play.
  • You can’t afford for your CV or even academic work to be of average standard, because there is always someone else who realises that they have to be better. This is because modern business operates in a world of galloping change which creates new problems, risks and opportunities.
  • Companies therefore strategically seek students who are innovative and able to tap into their creativity and most importantly, people who are not limited by the standards that have been set.
  • Being better goes beyond studying really hard in order to get great marks. One also has to be a well-rounded candidate whose thinking is well informed, matured and perhaps even saturated within one’s professional context.

Thinking Outside The Box

What does creativity mean?

  • According to Morrison, A., & Johnston, B. (2003 :78). “Personal creativity is: a process of becoming sensitive to or aware of problems, deficiencies, and gaps in knowledge for which there is no learned solution; bringing together existing information from the memory storage or external; defining the difficulty or identifying the missing elements; searching for solutions, making guesses, producing alternatives to solve the problem; testing and re-testing these alternatives; and perfecting them and finally communicating the results.”
  • Cropley, A.J. (2001:23). Creativity involves departing from the facts, finding new ways, making unusual associations, or seeing unexpected solutions.”
  • Creativity is the ability to make something new, whether a thought or idea, an object, a product or a process, a work of art or performance, or an interpretation. Usually, this involves making connections with an existing knowledge base, using imagination, experimenting, taking risks, having fun and making the jump from what is already known or experienced to what is, or might be.
  • Creativity is about originality and innovation and not about repeating what has already been done.

WHAT IS creativity & innovation?

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

Providing a safe environment for creativity

  • Creativity implies risk-taking. Risk-taking requires courage. People must feel confident that their attempts to create something new and meaningful will not be laughed at, put down, or criticised too harshly.
  • People need to be provided with a safe environment in which they will happily take risks and expose themselves to failure, by acknowledging that:
  1. Taking risks is scary.
  2. They need to reflect on what they are creating, or solving.
  3. They need to document every stage of their process.
  4. Feedback from self and others can be invaluable.

Tips to brainstorm creative and innovative ideas.

What is critical thinking?

Tips to improve critical thinking

Why do you need to be creative and critical

Why is innovative, Creative and critical thinking important?

  • Most fields are saturated with graduates from all over the country. The competition is dire and the only way for a graduate to thrive is by standing out.
  • Innovative, creative and critical thinking equips one to not only become a great employee, but a potential entrepreneur capable of employing others.

HOW TO embrace your INNOVATIVE, CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS.

Three Top Obstacles to innovative and creative thinking

OBSTACLES TO CREATIVITY IN THE WORK PLACE.

Practical scenarios

PRACTICAL SCENARIOS

  • REMEMBER: Innovative thinking requires creativity. Creativity is the act of seeing things that everyone around us sees, while making connections that no one else has made. It is the ability to move from the known to the unknown. (Dr F. Okpara.)
  • Go through the scenarios and answer the questions highlighted below. Critically think of solutions that can be applied in order to solve the problems described.
  • REMEMBER: Innovative thinking requires creativity. Creativity is the act of seeing things that everyone around us sees, while making connections that no one else has made. It is the ability to move from the known to the unknown. (Dr F. Okpara.)
  • Go through the scenarios and answer the questions highlighted below. Critically think of solutions that can be applied in order to solve the problems described.
  1. Imagine that you have completed your degree and have failed to find suitable employment. What strategies can use you come up with to deal with the situation?
  2. Over the last year, the government has warned that South Africa is going through a period of drought. As a result of this, sanctions have been placed on the amount of water people can use per day. Given this situation, think of 10 innovative things that the community and individuals can do to ensure that they conserve and not waste water.
  3. The recent protests surrounding #FEESMUSTFALL have resulted in countless heated debates. Students argue that they can’t afford tertiary fees and should receive free tertiary education, whilst the government argue that they do not have the resources to provide free education to all at this time. In retaliation, we have seen students rack up exorbitant amounts in damage to property.

What sort of strategies can you suggest to deal with the issue of high fees for tertiary education?