Why No One Really Wants Creativity

Barry M. Straw, Foundations of Creativity, Dec 23, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The media and popular press lead us to celebrate the innovative and creative, but few would want such people in their organization, much less to be one themselves, writes Barry M. Straw. "The popular press, along with the collusion of many consultants and academics, has sold us the notion that we can reap the rewards of a Galileo, Edison or Picasso without paying the full price... when confronted with the bald truth that most scientists never come up with earthshaking findings, most new businesses end in failure, and most whistle-blowers get demoted or fired, it is not surprising that people generally opt for a safer, more normal life." Via Scott Johnson. Image: Art.is

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