Recently I spent an afternoon at a local Panera Bread restaurant creating a Christmas cardÂ for my wife. I brought several old trade glossy, colorful catalogs and cut out numerous colorful shapes â€“ some were simple geometric shapes, others were abstract shapes, and some were meant to be animals but ended up looking like giant amoebas. I arranged the colorful pieces on a white paper and glued them according to my whimsy. Itâ€™s not much to look at but my wife liked itâ€¦more for the gesture than the art I think. This common kindergarten arts and craft activity was unexpectedly enjoyable. Perhaps because it was such a simple, yet rare creative activity.
I asked myself â€śhow many times during the course of a typical day do I engage in creative activities in which I am creating rather than consuming other peopleâ€™s creativity?â€ťÂ I wondered what my creativity index might be like for a typical day, where the creativity index is simply:
Acts of creativityÂ /Â Acts of consuming other peopleâ€™s creativity