Creativity & Innovation: Driving the Future
Creativity and innovation are the future drivers of the global knowledge economy. 'Industries of the mind' will play a central role in regional and national economies and ideas will be the most valuable resource in the market place. If Australia wishes to be at the creative end of the knowledge economy, it all starts in students' early years. Hardcore technology skills are important and essential, but producing young imaginative minds is crucial - people with stirring imaginations that dream and think creatively. In order to take our student base to the next level of creativity and innovation, we need to take them beyond the rigid policies, prescriptive processes, and fragmented organisational structures of education that have stifled true innovation for too long. To create an environment of fresh thinking, to inspire and generate ideation in our classes, a mindset of continuous innovation at every stage of learning needs to be adopted, one that will allow students to achieve and sustain creativity and leadership in all their areas of study. This paper will explore ways of doing this.
National Education & The Arts Symposium 2005