Posts etiquetados ‘Creativity’

Nobody knows how the future will be tomorrow, but today we are educating children who will lead the fate of the planet by 2040.

With what kind of education system are we educating our kids?

And under what beliefs?

Modern society has classified the error as a synonym for failure and there is a strong emotional charge around that belief that is printed on the minds of all students from the classroom in elementary school and is constantly reinforced throughout their academic lives.

We seldom stop to think that is precisely the error, and lack of fear to him what triggers the creative capacity of human beings. If you’re not prepared to be wrong, never will be ready to create something original, different, unique.

Children are not afraid to make mistakes. Usually they are not afraid to take risks and there is no difficulty for them to paint a green sky and blue grass, only to find out how it would look.

Without fear of been judge for the authority on that decision. Creativity is inherent in human beings. The error is part of a search process and has no positive or negative value simply is part of the journey to find new ways, different ideas, and unique solutions.

Educational systems worldwide assignments nest in the same way: first math and language, after the end of humanities and arts list.

Why?

Because from it’s beginning, the education systems of the world were created to meet the labor needs of industrialization. Before the nineteenth century did not exist anywhere Educational Systems. Hence the hierarchy of subjects and their practical importance in the “Real World”

Although this idea unconsciously continues to this day:

“Do not do music, no dancing, no paint, no drawings … you can not make a living doing that. You’ll never get a real job”

There are a lot of incredibly talented and creative people in the world who do not know or do not believe that they are.

Human intelligence is diverse, is not restricted to mathematical logic or vision aerospace.

For Dr. Howard Gardner there are eight human intelligences:

Linguistic intelligence

Logical-mathematical intelligence

Spatial-Intelligence

Musical intelligence

Kinetics-Body Intelligence

Intrapersonal intelligence-

Interpersonal-intelligence

Naturalist Intelligence

To the extent that we understand this diversity of features in our human nature and using the same commitment to teaching painting as we use to teach math, we will begin to provide our children with the necessary tools to assimilate the world to provide valuable ideas, unique ideas that are likely to be the result of many previous errors and mistakes, but if we turn this concept of “error” in an improvement and not in a failure those ideas will revolutionize the way we understand this world.

We still do not know how tomorrow will be the only thing we know for sure is that the first step towards the future, whatever it is, we are giving today. At this very moment.

At first glance look somewhat similar, but there is nothing further from reality. The first is a sales tool that is governed by supply, demand and market strategies, communication and creative. The second is a subjective expression of some feature of reality and is governed by aesthetics.

The first seeks to generate expectations for the consumer to bring to its products and services that ideally lead to a sale, the second is 100% contemplative, is to recreate the senses and transmit the particular viewpoint of an artist, be it a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, writer or musician on a specific topic or time in their life.

Why is it so difficult to understand for many copywriters?

I do not know. And I have been in this business over the past 16 years, and although I have often been tempted to choose the most creative idea even out of strategy, most of the time I stay with the one that will work, not the pretty.

This brings us to the issue of advertising creativity awards. Usually ads earn fared quite poorly in sales. “And yet they are rewarded? What is rewarded? Is it Creativity? Based on what?

I disagree with those contests and I think it’s a mistake to reward communication pieces that have nothing to do with the essence of advertising: Sell.

Suddenly the creative advertising agencies “exploit” those spaces in the media: Film, Radio, TV, Newspapers and Magazines, to make their own “short”, “best joke” or the joke of fashion. Never go by sales, for the ultimate benefit of the customer.

All those people point far, far away from the raison d’être of the advertising business.

Advertising creativity must be a balance between surprise and argument of sale should be concise, should be brief and powerful, but powerful enough to allow consumers approaching, not to be awed by the creativity and then forget the brand name, the one that made that announcement.

Out there are a very few number of copywriters who understand the ultimate goal of creativity in advertising and even fewer who can dominate and deliver results consistently.

The eternal battle between perception and reality is fundamental to understand the value of things not seen or touched. The intangible.
The advertising business creates intangible assets, gives a quality to things that had none before, change the perception of reality for consumers.
You can add a symbolic value to things without physically altering them, in fact, the world we live in now, ignore the physical characteristics of things and still consider them real.
We do business, talk to people, buy products and the vast majority of the time we do not know them physically. We maintain relationships with suppliers for years and never seen them. We charge and use money that never physically sees.
The physical is not necessary anymore for something to exist or have value.
In Canada, Shreddies cereal brand, which are squares of wheat with added vitamins and iron, totally changed the perception of its cereals offering a new view a slight angle, causing the pictures to look like diamonds and call them Shreddies Diamonds. Absolutely nothing changed in the product, but consumers’ perception of it. At least emotionally the cereal ceased to be square and turned into a diamond.

In Europe, around 1812 and 1813, Prussia went to war with France and the crown of Prussia asked the wealthiest families to donate their jewelry to finance the war. In exchange, they were given replicas of the same jewelry but made of cast iron. For the next 50 years, the jewels of the highest rank and value in Prussia were not made of gold or diamonds but cast iron and also carried the inscription: “Gold Gab Ich Für Eisen” “I gave gold for iron.”
The value of the jewels was emblematic, symbolic, not depend on its physical material, but its emotional value. Wearing these gems amounted to saying: “I come from a family who sacrificed for their country and made a great effort for it.”
Intangible value.
Today it is more important to recognize the value of what already exists, instead spending resources to create something totally new.

Since the saying goes: There is nothing new under the sun.
I would add: But there’s always a new angle to look at the same familiar things