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The Creative Process

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Following up the comments I made on how often our creativity is played down and not acknowledged I found this clip from Ira Glass, the American public radio broadcaster:

Ira Glass on Creativity and Storytelling

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In many ways this echoes Ken Robinson’s thoughts on how we are not shown how to be creative. If it doesn’t come easily, then we must be no good so we give up. Though I will confess that I love Glass’ idea that if you have good taste you will persevere. I’ve been persevering for years so my taste must be blooming excellent!

Can storytelling function as a way into the creative process? The beauty of traditional oral storytelling is that the stories themselves help in the teaching. The very act of telling each story helps us learn no matter how often we repeat a tale. The people who listen to your re-tellings probably teach you more than anyone else.

Limor Shiponi has created both a 2D image and a 3D visualisation of this process in action in her latest blog post My Lumpini Park storytelling revelation. I did try visualising the 3 rotating spheres she has conjured up and this is extraordinarily difficult but I do understand the kind of magic she refers to at the intersection of these spheres. This is where the story, the teller and the audience come together to create a unique moment.

It comes as no surprise that the inspiration for Limor’s visualisation should come from witnessing the Eastern practice of tai chi, which is a very special kind of mindful behaviour. Maybe this is where the key to our creativity lies.

Storytelling and Creativity

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So often, when people find out what I do for the first time, they say:

“But I could never do that!”

And they really believe this! It’s rarely a child who will tell me that they can’t tell a story, most often it’s an adult. One who goes to meetings, deals with the bill that got left at the bottom of the pile, explains why a deadline will be missed, makes us laugh when we see them. Very intelligent, creative adults choose not to recognise how important their own creativity could be every day in their own and others’  lives.

Why do we devalue the kind of everyday creativity that can enrich our lives?

Listening to Sir Ken Robinson speak on how we are stifling creativity in our children is both funny and inspiring.

Ken Robinson creativity in education

Where does storytelling fit in with all this? Apart from it being very clear that Sir Ken Robinson is a very gifted and funny storyteller himself, of course!

“When people say to me that they are not creative, I assume they just haven’t yet learnt what is involved,” (Robinson, 2011). It’s even simpler with stories. When they say they can’t tell a story it’s because they don’t realise that they do it all the time. Just being human makes everyone of us a natural storyteller.

At its most basic level storytelling is a functional skill which supports our personal development, (Grove, 2009). We need to construct a narrative every time we face a problem. Our ability to remember the consequences of the actions we took to resolve the problem and to convey these to others is fundamental to human communication. It is these simple steps that also lead us into rich imaginative worlds, full of possibilities.



Now, it’s time to be honest. I am a new blogger and I haven’t worked out where this is taking me. Every day, I come across ideas that just cry out to be explored – that’s just what happens when you work with traditional oral storytelling. So instead of my rather static website I thought I would explore the possibilities of blogging. Having mastered some of the magic of Word Press this blog is now live so, welcome and please leave your comments below.



Learning to tell, a handbook for inclusive storytelling, Nicola Grove 2009. BILD publications

Out of Our Minds, Ken Robinson 2011. Capstone Publishing Ltd.