My "creative things to try" post is taking longer then I expected so rather then rushing and squeezing it in an already busy busy schedule I decided to share something else today. I've been enjoying my tour around the CREATIVITY internet kingdom and came across an interesting article about how an entire country is making creativity its focus. "Japan is already transforming itself in ways no other major economy has by completely redefining its national mission to one of creativity and innovation... If "creativity" is defined as something that is both different and useful, then it is little wonder that first-time visitors to Japan are usually overwhelmed by the creativity they see all around them. The famed shopping and entertainment districts, luxurious hotels, striking architecture, truly convenient public transportation, gadgets, fashions, and even the serene temples tucked away on side streets all convey the power of Japanese uniqueness and utility."
Read the entire Business Week article here: "Japan's Next Mission: Be Creative The younger generation is behind a drive to redefine Japan as a leader in design and innovation—think fashion, architecture, video games, and hybrids" by John Beck
I know that when I think about creativity I am mostly concerned with my personal art or at the most the personal product of an individual I have deemed creative, an artist, writer, architect and so on. Thinking of creativity in a broader community and cultural way is something I haven't been giving attention. After reading John Beck's article, I think perhaps I and we (broad based cultural we here) should!
Next post: Creative things to try (Really!)
My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise