Big Questions in Creativity 2016

Edited by Paul D. Reali & Cynthia Burnett

Because it demands reimagining, reconsideration, and redefinition, change is an essential part of creativity. And in Big Questions in Creativity 2016, the field’s newest thinkers tackle some of its most intriguing questions in the the areas of personal, organizational, and cultural change. This collection represents the year’s 10 best papers from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State, and provides a peek in the window of the world’s first Master of Science degree in creativity. As professional facilitators, artists, educators, and change leaders, these authors work to engender creativity in others. The questions they ask—and the answers they find—are key to understanding what creativity is now, and what it may well be in the future.


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What's in the Book?

Personal Creativity

  • Geoff G. Zoeckler: What is the return on empathy? Can it be used as a Creative Problem Solving tool?
  • Jane Harvey: Is talking about curiosity an entry point to explaining creativity?
  • Juliana Sánchez-Trujillo and Erica Swiatek: How does playfulness affect adult learning?

Organizational Creativity

  • W. Clayton Bunyard: Does a culture of continuous improvement support creativity and innovation?
  • David Eyman: Are the other benefits of group creativity practices just as important as good ideas?
  • Troy Schubert: What motivational choices might sustain a bottom-up change leader in a large organization?

Systems of Creativity

  • Jennifer A. Quarrie: How does nature nurture creativity?
  • Kathryn P. Haydon: What if we view our education system as an ecosystem?
  • Gaia Grant: Can we meaningfully compare creativity across cultures?
  • Courtney Zwart: Design thinking: Is it the only approach we need?