This is a great article about the importance of one’s environment when recognizing creativity. We don’t often give enough credit to the influence that environments and other people have on our personalities. Yes, there are exceptionally creative people, but that creativity probably didn’t develop in a vacuum.
This article is part of the THNK VIEWS series. We bridge theory and practice on organizing imagination and innovation by extracting key implications and offering new insights to innovation practitioners. This article builds on Decentring the Creative Self: How Others Make Creativity Possible in Creative Professional Fields by Vlad Glaveanu and Todd Lubart. According to Vlad Glaveanu and Todd Lubart, we have elevated “the individual creator, without regard for the social context in which creativity occurs.” In their paper, they examine the nature of such influences, looking at how the wide circle of family and friends, peers and students, clients and funders, critics and society-at-large form and influence creative professionals. They find that others play a key formative, regulatory, motivational, and informational role in nurturing creativity: Family members, friends, and peers play a formative role in the development of creative individuals, and can be a trusted source to offer