Creativity has always been positively valued but beyond that there has been considerable disagreement - for instance, about which people are creative, in general and in particular situations, and what creative people can contribute to workplaces, societies and economies. The work of psychologists has sometimes driven the debate and sometimes followed behind it.
In this session I'll review psychological theories on creativity and some of their more unexpected applications (creativity and communism, creativity and raincoats...). I'll then examine how the traces of earlier ideas influence how we understand ourselves as creative people and what it means to be do creative work today.
Dr Stephanie Taylor is a social psychologist at the Open University. She is interested in the importance of creativity for people working in the UK today, particularly for those who are freelance, self-employed or run their own businesses.
She is the co-author of Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work (Ashgate, 2012) and has also written on life narratives, place and gender.