Why does creativity suck so bad?

Anne Marilla Harris

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    This talk was written specifically in response to an invitation from
    Game Changer for me to be a provocateur to the drama educators
    and researchers assembled for this conference, to present a TED-style
    talk that would ‘push boundaries, be a little (or a lot) controversial,
    be forward thinking and future focused, explore the taboo, and/or
    set the tone for some real game-changing conversation’ – and it is in
    this spirit that I wrote and performed the talk below. It is important
    to know this context when reading it, because the written word is
    a different beast than the performed and spoken word, as drama
    educators know so well. I am not offering this contextualisation as
    an equivocation of the views expressed below, but rather a metacommentary
    on the need for us to remain both positive about
    creativity’s arrival into mainstream education, AND critical of our
    impulse toward a commodification of creativity in the present era. And
    while that standardising, commodifying, structuralist creative turn
    has many good and useful aspects to celebrate – aspects I myself am
    celebrating in my current research – I offer this talk as a cheeky but
    sincere critical troubling of that move toward bridling and taming
    creativity – in education and other spaces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147 - 152
    Number of pages6
    JournalN J Drama Australia Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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