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Creativity is now viewed as the engine of economic progress. Various organizations are devoted to its study and promotion; there are encyclopedias and handbooks surveying creativity research. But this proliferating success has tended to erode creativity’s stable identity: It has become so invested with value that it has become impossible to police its meaning and the practices that supposedly identify and encourage it. Many people and organizations committed to producing original thoughts now feel that undue obsession with the idea of creativity gets in the way of real creativity.

  1. The industry that has built up around researching what comprises and encourages creativity has destroyed the creative process itself.
  2. The value assigned to creativity today has assumed such proportions that the concept itself has lost its real meaning and this is hampering the engendering of real creativity.
  3. The obsession with original thought, how it can be promoted and researched, has made it impossible for people and organizations to define the concept anymore.
  4. Creativity has proliferated to the extent that is no longer a stable process, and its mutating identity has stifled the creative process.
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