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Virtual Value - Conversation, ideas and the creative economy



Alex McKie 


The Work Foundation

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http://www.theworkfoundation.com/research/publications/FastF ...


Conversation; Creativity


United Kingdom

Creativity is the first victim of a downturn. When cuts are being made the creative impulse is likely to dry up, along with enthusiasm, boldness, and risk-taking. But paradoxically, the hard times are when we need our creativity most.<p>

In this new paper Alex McKie returns to the much-debated concept of creativity, not to offer yet another attempted definition of the word, but rather to look at the practical implications of trying to unleash "creativity" at work.<p>

McKie identifies the "creative conversation" as the route to greater involvement of people, higher productivity, and a healthier working environment. It is as simple, and as challenging, as this: we have to relearn the way we relate to each other in the workplace if we are to get close to essence of genuine creativity.<p>

Creativity is too important to be left to "creatives". This paper is aimed at provoking further debate in businesses and organisations, and at encouraging people at work to take the initiative in promoting a more creative workplace.

Video: Gurteen Knowledge Cafe, NAB, Melbourne, October 2010

This is a short video of a Gurteen Knowledge Cafe that I facilitated for Peter Houlihan at the National Australia Bank in Melbourne in October 2010.

The session was captured on a flip cam without the use of a roving mic, so the sound is not clear and has had some extensive editing to fit into a short learning piece, but it gives a good idea of what the Cafe is all about. 

The question posed to the group as the "conversational seed" was "What if true leadership involves embracing complexity by widening the circle of involvement rather than restricting it?

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You can find full information here: https://www.cilip.org.uk/page/KnowledgeCafe
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