Richard Watson:
The British Government says that we are all creative — and that education and workplace environments are at fault for not providing enough recognition or encouragement. This is an increasingly fashionable argument, but is it true?


I would argue that some people are blessed with natural gifts, while for others circumstances and training shape what they’re good at. We can’t all be good at everything and therefore, by definition, we’re not all creative.



However, in meritocratic societies, there’s a belief that deep down we’re all the same — and that we can all be good at anything if we just put our minds to it. This applies to creativity, too. Some consultants would have us believe that if companies would just adopt the right culture and if employees would just follow the right processes, the floodgates of creativity will open. In other words, all companies can be creative if they just put their budgets to it.



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