In a talk given by Anastasia Salter, I realized there was more to creativity than I thought. She emphasizes the importance of games, stories, and devices like iPads to trigger creativity. It was very interesting although I’m against using any device for reading other than a book. As cliche as it sounds, a book is a book, its words not only push imagination levels and takes you to another place, but gives you a certain satisfaction that I can’t explain. She also talks about comics and compares digital to non-digital ones, underlining Scott Mc Cloud’s “infinite canvas” theory, and I agree with her, because comics are meant to be interesting, engaging, thrilling. But is it exactly stimulating? I also have to admit that I was impressed with her Prezi work, because not only was I unfamiliar with how to use it, but I now am keen to know how it works and how one could achieve so much with it. It also caught my attention because you can tell stories and give people details about certain aspects in a story through a series of images or the like, something that is far beyond printed text. Yes, these tools do help us conceptually grasp ideas, but I believe we need to give the mind a space to wander. Salter, also brought my attention to something that I had totally boycotted for a long time: games. I stopped playing games on any electronic device (I’m addicted to Scrabble though) because I thought it’s a waste of time and energy. Turns out there’s a whole new meaning for the word game, that she puts forth, so brilliantly. It basically means a set of rules and a target that you aim to reach, within those rules. And she gives the example of education and our progress in it. So I’ve come to realize that a playful environment with certain types of games, is an excellent intellectual tool. I think this talk was an eye opener to me, and despite the fact that I didn’t agree with a few points, I think there’s so much potential to the digital world and its contribution to making the community experience wild ideas.
This video was one which I randomly came across but which has helped me a lot.