Daily I am amazed at my daughter's creativity. Whether it's putting on her own concert or hosting her own cooking show or picking up common items like an empty tissue box and entering fantasy land, she is such an "outside of the box" thinker.
At my recent C3 conference, Ed Young said that 92% kids between the ages of 3 to 5 score at a genius level when it comes to divergent thinking (creative, outside the box type thinking). The sad thing was, by the time kids are 18, only 2% of them rank at the genius level. What happens to their creativity? Does our society somehow smother the flame of divergent thinking? Ed Young jokingly said it's because they go to public school and sadly enough, he may be partly right. I'm not sure our school systems leave much space for divergent thinking but then again a lot has changed since I was in school.
I'm not sure my role, as a father, but I hope my daughter will never stop being a creative genius.