Are chaos and creativity synonyms? Is creativity an emergent property of chaos and complexity?
We've recently been discussing creativity on our podcast. The concept of creativity has resurfaced often on our show. Complexity and "flow" was one of our first episodes and we continue to explore the different realms of creativity and the creative process, which are very useful in dealing with complex adaptive systems.
We have learned that creativity requires trust and freedom. It also requires stepping outside of established patterns, while embracing uncertainty, vulnerability & chaos. It can help us make unexpected connections and push boundaries into the unknown.
We can work towards expanding our creative abilities by leaning in to our imaginations. We can let go a little, experiment often, quiet our minds, and seek childlike wonder and curiosity.
Learn more with some of our favorite quotes, which we believe capture the complexity and chaos of the creative process:
Angie and I recently attended the WorkHuman Conference in our home town of Austin, Texas. The event is pioneered by Globoforce, a leading provider for social recognition solutions, who is dedicated to creating more human-centered workplaces.
We were eager to attend WorkHuman for many reasons. Their speaker lineup was definitely a major draw, for it included well-known leaders Brene Brown, Shawn Achor, Salma Hayek, Simon Sinek, and Amal Clooney, among others. However, there were more compelling reasons for our excitement. We desired to learn more about this movement, to be a part of their mission and play witness, and to contribute to the conversation with our testimony about how complex system science can help transform workplaces for the better.
As a systems thinker, I don’t ever recall a time that I couldn’t see systems. However, as I was learning about the various complexity terms and aspects, light bulb after light bulb went off, and having the words that explained what I understood gave me more confidence. What I learned from my MA was rich and invaluable, and while it did not result in me being fluent in "complexity speak", the following are some of the terms that have especially resonated with me and continually show up in my work, life, and all the things I do.