The Creative Force

Please join me each week for experiences, observations, and thoughts related to the upcoming project launch (March 2019). Your likes, comments, and shares are very much appreciated…thanks for taking the time to stop by! Nigel Oliveira

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Again, my thanks to everyone who applied for the Micro-Project grant! I apologize for not being able to respond to each applicant individually due to time constraints. The short list has been notified, and interviews have been recently completed. Don’t forget to check out next week’s blog post (Tuesday, December 11th) for the announcement!

One of my favourite aspects of the Micro-Project concept is that a limited budget and timeframe forces the use of Creativity, which often ends up leading to a more effective and efficient solution. I term this ‘The Creative Force’.

There is a great anecdote about ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ that illustrates this concept very well. In a film with wall-to-wall laughs, this remains one of my favourite running (riding?) gags. Monty Python – Coconuts

As you may know, the original idea behind using coconuts wasn’t that it would be funnier that way…it was because they couldn’t afford real horses! Knowing how Python loved to mess with their audience, I wouldn’t be surprised if the anecdote may in fact be a red herring (a little inside joke for Python fans)…but either way, the lesson remains a valid one!

I find that when most people are asked about Creativity, they tend to think of artsy types. Or maybe even artsy stereotypes.

It’s safe to say that your standard starving and brooding artists are indeed often very creative people. Still, if you look more closely, forms of creativity can be found in virtually everything and everyone.

When you attempt to solve a problem, you are automatically putting your creative skills to work. In fact, most of the products and services we use every day were originally birthed as solutions to problems. They wouldn’t exist without the creativity from which they sprung (even the Pet Rock, for those of you ‘seasoned’ enough to remember that one!).

People working in jobs that aren’t traditionally considered creative, can still benefit from finding ways to use their creativity. The one notable exception might be Accounting, where ‘Creativity’ is generally frowned upon…and for good reason!

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw

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