Creativity is freedom

By John-Paul Flintoff

When you are being creative, you are free.

This beautiful idea, which I first learned from the Dutch writer Johan Huizinga, is something I love to see when I’m running workshops.

The workshop in this picture was one in a series organised by the Together project in Northern Ireland. As usual, I asked participants to do some role play. In this case, the role play was mildly competitive, and the man giving me the high-five had just beaten me at it. He did it so nicely, I couldn’t stop myself laughing.

People often fear role-play, because it pushes them to the limits of their comfort. But that’s part of being creative too. The freedom and the fear are closely related.

Picture: Michael Foster TV

Posted: February 17, 2016