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Creativity in Crisis: Prisoners of Our Own Imagination

17 May 2020 3,631 4 Comments

Toward getting past our own imagined fears and toward realizing our creative potential.

A Bi-weekly Live Conversation about Creativity and Education on YouTube.

11am-12pm first Fridays US Pacific Time (Each Month)

Hosts: Ron Beghetto and Yong Zhao



Human creativity has gained heightened recognition in the 21st century as a means of helping us navigate the uncertainties of an increasingly complex and changing world. Despite decades of research, many fundamental issues about creativity remain unsettled. This is particularly true when it comes to cultivating creativity in educational settings. There is often a disconnection among the various stakeholders of creativity and education: creativity researchers, education researchers, policy makers, educators, parents, creative professionals, and the general public.  Even though there is wide recognition that we are all capable of approaching teaching, learning and life more creatively, we often find it difficult to get past our own imaginations and fears of trying out new ideas and creative approaches in education.

Creativity in Crisis aims to build a bridge among the different stakeholders, to serve as a platform for the various groups of stakeholders to share and exchange ideas using a more commonly accessible medium rather than academic papers, conference presentations, or workshops, which are often attended to by separated communities of practices.

Creativity in Crisis is also intended to make public the disagreements, debates and different views that exist among researchers. Furthermore, the show aims to synthesize current perspectives from and beyond the field of creativity studies — highlighting what we know and what we don’t know so as to develop a deeper understanding of creativity in and beyond educational settings.

Design and Format

We envisioned the show as a curated exhibition of different, and even contradictory, perspectives on significant issues related to creativity and education

Every 10 episodes make one thematic volume. Each volume follows a theme. Each episode focuses on a significant topic concerning creativity and education. 

For each episode, the hosts present their propositions, assumptions, conjectures about the chosen focal question. The guests are invited to engage with and even refute them in spirited conversation aimed at leading us to deepening our understanding of creativity-related topics and provoke new insights and perspectives.

Creativity in Crisis guests are selected based on the following criteria.

Expertise: The guests have deep knowledge of the topic to be discussed.

Diversity of Perspectives: The guests represent different perspectives and professions.

Multi disciplinary: The guests are from a wide range of disciplines (e.g., psychology, education, creative industries, etc.)

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  • Kate Searson said:


    Will these be recorded so that you can listen at other times? Where can we access the recordings?

    I live in Australia, so it is hard to tune in ‘live’ but I am very interested in this topic and would love to hear your thoughts.



  • YongZhao (author) said:

    Yes, it will be recorded. Thanks.

  • Kate Searson said:


    I can’t find a recording anywhere. Can you please paste a link?


  • YongZhao (author) said:

    It has not started yet. I will paint a link on the site soon.

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