The hallmark of creativity is to be restless with the status quo, to be motivated by a desire to make positive change possible.(Csikszentmihalyi, 1999*)
My name is Joe Lockwood and I’m the Deputy Director for The Institute of Design Innovation (InDI) at The Glasgow School of Art. I’ve spent the last few days working with my Leapfrog colleagues from ImaginationLancaster, InDI and some of Leapfrog’s brand new partners from across the public sector in Lancaster and Blackburn With Darwen. The flurry of activity in tool design for non-written consultation we are doing in this launch week reminds me that creativity gives us purpose. It necessarily drives us to change things. As creative individuals we posses abiding curiosity and we are intrinsically motivated and rewarded by the activity itself. In turn, these characteristics are nurtured in the spaces of learning we make through co-creation. I’m excited for the future of Leapfrog because it embodies this spirit and aligns with Aristotle’s concept of practical wisdom, “a reasoned and true state of capacity to act with regard to the human good”.
*Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in R. Sternberg (ed.) Handbook of Creativity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)