How can organizations foster creativity? Can innnovation be taught? And how can companies create environments where new ideas are generated on a daily basis? These are questions often asked by developers and interactive design groups. But digital media is hardly the first creative segment to be faced with these challenges.
Carl Potts, is a former Editor in Chief of the Epic Comics line, arguably the most innovative segment of the Marvel Comics publishing offering (since all properties were creator owned rather than extensions of company owned properties like Spider-Man). Carl worked with incredible talents including Katsuhiro Otomo (creator of AKIRA), legendary French artist Moebius, and the Wachowski Brothers (who went on to create a little film called THE MATRIX). Now Carl is blogging about some of his experiences developing talent and nurturing innovation at his new blog, GENERAL ECLECTIC.
Potts has some very interesting insights in to how the creative/artistic process works. One of the themes that emerges from his writing is that creativity is not just a talent that people either have or don’t have. It’s a skill that can be taught and developed much like any other. Carl recommends a number of resources in this post and throughout the blog and we’re going to be adding many of his selections to our own reading lists.
Check out Carl’s site and ask yourself, what am I (and my organization) going to do to encourage my creative thinking today?