“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In it’s arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity; it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” (JK Rowling)

This quote came to mind as I watched the Tedx Talk “A Crash Course in Creativity” by Tina Seelig, former Neuro-physician, now lecturer in Innovation and Creativity at Stanford.

She states that we tend to take too narrow a view of creativity, that we “need to open the aperture” – unlock the imagination, challenge assumptions and reframe problems. This requires the right environment, resources and culture.

Are we jigsaw puzzle builders – task driven, trying to fit into existing structures and stalled by missing pieces, or quilt makers – creating something new and interesting out of what’s available to us?