Monday, June 21, 2010

Sharing creativity

Have you ever wondered who does those pieces of art on walls, trains, buses, toilets, seats, roofs, books, footpaths, windows, sheds, garages, stairs, bridges, caves, public property and other places?

It is the creativity in us.

A book called Orbiting the Giant Hairball explains that If you were to ask a kindergarten class how many of them were artists, they would all raise their hands. If you were to ask the same question to sixth graders, maybe one third would respond. If you were to ask the same question to a high school grade, only a few would admit to it. This was the motto behind 'somebody,' who started the 1000 Journals Project, an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout its travels. The journals are filled out and passed on from one person to another, most often random people. The goal is to provide a method for interaction and shared creativity among friends and strangers around the world. This idea was born when 'somebody' realised that as people grew older, they began to worry about criticism, shared less and under used their creativity.

In a span of 10 years, this simple yet powerful underground project has transformed into an phenomenal success, as the journals continue to travel. A documentary titled, The 1000 Journals by Andrea Kreuzhage features some fascinating stories of its travel.

If you get the book by chance, fill it up and pass it on. Even if you don't, do not hesitate to let out the creativity in you. Be it a scribble, a poem, a thought, a note or an opinion - share it and make it known.

1 comment:

Juliana Chin said...

Check this out:

School Kills Creativity...
http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html


If you are not prepared to be wrong, you never come up with something original.

In our society, we stigmatize mistakes.

We grow out of creativity or better we get educated out of it.

The output of public education is University professors. These look at their bodies as a means of transporting their heads.

Degrees aren't worth anything.

We know intelligence is diverse, dynamic and distinct.

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