Chapter published in:Creative Confluence
Johan F. Hoorn
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature 16] 2014
► pp. 227–274
Chapter 6. Conditions of creativity
So far, we discussed the inner workings of the creative process of ACASIA and the development of the Creative Sigmoid it produces. It was emphasized that many factors influence the course of this process, for example, the size of the available information universe, the range of permissible behaviors, or the criteria for selection. The present chapter examines the factors that influence ACASIA and the resulting Creative Sigmoid to conclude that, by and large, a negative outlook on the world harms creativity and that an appreciative attitude stimulates creativity. We also see that openness is the main facilitator of creativity. This is because open access to the information universe increases the likelihood that unrelated domains become connected. Some of the findings in this chapter lead to the recommendation of a leadership style that invigorates creativity in people and counters the stifling effects of managerial rule-making madness.