Development of creativity

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Good Morning Creativity!

This report has become the starting point for the Botín Foundation’s latest challenge: developing people’s ability to create, because creativity has been and is fundamental to progress and social welfare and has been the ultimate aim of the Foundation for the past 50 years.

This report increases our familiarity with the concept of everyday creativity (as opposed to that of the great geniuses), the creativity that helps us in class, at home, at work and with friends, in addition to familiarising us with the benefits it offers us personally and its potential to generate wealth and economic and social development.

The report’s nine chapters, written by renowned international experts who make an effort to make their knowledge, experiences and research accessible to all members of the public, invite us, by means of small and inspiring texts, to reflect on and gain deeper knowledge of the importance of nurturing and fostering children’s creativity (at home, at school and in our environment), and to wake it up in cases where it has already fallen somewhat asleep.

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Research's Responsables

Christopher Clouder

Christopher Clouder FRSA is a freelance speaker, writer and consultant on questions of childhood, innovation in education, cultural evolution and creativity. He was the founding director of the Botin Platform for Innovation in Education and has led international research into Social Emotional Education and Creativity and the Arts. He is a co-founder of the Alliance for Childhood, a member of the Learning for Well-being Community and the International Forum for Steiner Education. From 1991 to 2012 he was the founding CEO of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education.

David Brierley

David L. Brierley. Born and educated in England, David Brierley has lived in Norway for the almost fifty years. During this time he has taught at all levels from small children through to adults. As a Professor of Education Methodology he has worked with student teachers in universities throughout Europe, in Finland, Sweden, Iceland, U.K., Spain, Portugal, Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina. He is the author of seven books on education and has written a wide range of articles, many translated. His latest book 'One Hundred Million Destinies Now' (2017) is a manifesto for the challenges facing education in Europe at present in meeting an unchartered and unpredictable future. A philosophy of human values is illustrated by extracts from work in the classroom. It is translated into three languages. David Brierley is a fellow of the Fundación Botin Platform for Innovation in Education where he has worked in the Creativity Group.

Anne Bamford

Professor Anne Bamford is Director of the Education Commission and the International Research Agency. Anne has been recognized nationally and internationally for her research in arts education. She is an expert in the international dimension of education and through her research, she has pursued issues of innovation, social impact and equity and diversity. A world scholar for UNESCO, Anne has conducted major national impact and evaluation studies for the governments of Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, Hong Kong, Ireland and Norway. Amongst her numerous articles and book chapters, Anne is author of the “Wow Factor: Global research compendium on the impact of the arts in education” which has been published in five languages and distributed in more than 40 countries.

Susanne Müller-Using

Dr. Susanne Müller-Using was born in 1977 in Göttingen / Germany, she was raised in México and in Germany. She is scientific director of the research center Costa Rica Center and speaker for the team “Values Education”. She studied philosophy, comparative religion, as well as psychology at “Philipps Universität” in Marburg and educational sciences at Bielefeld University. From 2004 on she works as scientific collaborator at the Educational Institute at the Osnabrück University, taking part in several intercultural and comparative research projects. Until 2013 she also worked at the Institute of Early Childhood Education and Development of Lower Saxony (Niedersächsischen Institut für frühkindliche Bildung und Entwicklung). In 2009 she finished her PhD at Bielefeld University with the topic: “Pedagogic-ethical aspects in the interaction with pupils. Ethnographical comparison of school quality in the workday life of class teachers in Germany, Denmark and Finland.” Furthermore she gives classes at Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) and at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA).

Martina Leibovici-Mühlberger

Study Medicine, Psychology, Sociology and Human Biology at the University of Vienna.

Doctor of University, Graduate Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Doctor of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy Medicine. Degree in Psychotherapy. Mediatrix school. Currently and since 2001 directs ARGE Erziehungsberatung und Fortbildung GmbH, a training, consulting and research oriented youth and family. www.fitforkids.at.

Ana Angélica Albano

Ana Angélica Albano is a Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Campinas, Brazil, and invited Professor to the Master´s Degree in Social, Emotional and Creative Education at University of Cantabria. Former director of the Unicamp Museum of  Visual Arts. She has worked in primary and secondary schools as an art teacher and coordinated art education projects in a number of municipalities in São Paulo. She has delivered lectures in Canada, USA,  Japan, UK, Portugal, France, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Ecuador. Author of books and articles on psychology of art and aesthetic education. Fellow of the Botín Platform for Innovation in Education, Creativity Group.

Belinda Heys & Neil Ravenscroft

Belinda Heys is a consultant, researcher and coach. Since 2007 she has collaborated with the Botin Foundation on a number of projects on the themes of creativity and social and emotional education. She worked with Christopher Clouder and the Foundation to foster the work of the Platform for Innovation in Education, as a researcher, author, editor and project co-ordinator. She has a particular interest in the connections between nature, well-being and creativity & co-authored a chapter on this theme with Dr Neil Ravenscroft of the University of Brighton for the book Good Morning Creativity.

Dr. Neil Ravenscroft: is a professor of Land Economy and Director of Postgraduate Studies, Science and Engineering at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. He has over 25 years of experience in researching subjects relating to the creative sector, natural resources, community development and relationships between people and nature. In addition to his work in the academic sphere and in policy development, he also directs Tablehurst Farm, a community-owned farm in the southeast of England, and Plumpton College, an institution that specialises in land-based subjects, located near Brighton in England.

Neil Ravenscroft

Dr. Neil Ravenscroft: is a professor of Land Economy and Director of Postgraduate Studies, Science and Engineering at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. He has over 25 years of experience in researching subjects relating to the creative sector, natural resources, community development and relationships between people and nature. In addition to his work in the academic sphere and in policy development, he also directs Tablehurst Farm, a community-owned farm in the southeast of England, and Plumpton College, an institution that specialises in land-based subjects, located near Brighton in England.

Manuela Romo

Manuela Romo Ph. D. Professor at The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, she is an expert in Psychology of Creativity. She is the director of the postgraduate studies in Applied Creativity in her university. As researcher, is the author of 5 books, including Psicología de la Creatividad (Barcelona, Paidós, 1997) and coauthor of a test for evaluating creativity in child: TCI, Test de Creatividad Infantil (TEA Ediciones, Madrid, 2008). She has given lectures and workshops throughout Europe and Latin American countries and contributed to the organization of eight international meetings about creativity.  For her, creativity is a necessary challenge for the XXI century society.

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