Director’s Notes: Making Time for Creativity

Director’s Notes: Making Time for Creativity

By Jill Ryan

When we are in the middle of a project and it seems there is no time to spare, is often when we most need to take the time to find a creative solution. The issues that community groups tackle often seem daunting and can even create hard feelings among friends and community members.

What I have noticed from the groups we are working with aswell as fromour own work is that it can be so easy to find one solution andwant to stickwith it. The danger here of course is that we can become so focused on our first solution or idea that we miss other opportunities that may provide more benefits and may be more appealing to a wider audience.

While making time to do creative brainstorming may seem daunting, it can often result in an array of benefits that may take our project to wonderful new heights. I hope that you will try to make time on a regular basis to reassess your project, talk it over with others and see whether a creative new solution may offer a welcome resolution.

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

– Erich Fromm

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