This creative keynote by Roger Martin addresses the question of how to get on a career path to become a design thinker. Before delving into his explanation, he simply states that one must learn how to nurture originality, which takes practice.
Here's an informative article about Is creativity born or made?
Apple's great creator was a college drop-out who turned the tables on naysayers to create the world's most beautiful smartphone.
A creator sees what others do not, and plunges ahead in the face of scepticism. This is an inner quality that is shared by great people such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet- a passion to achieve what the heart conceives. In other words, creativity is born within, like the notes in the heart of Beethoven before they became melodies with his facile touch.
When the heart feels an idea bubbling up in the deep springs of the mind, whether it is about anti-matter or a way to bend light to produce an invisibility cloak, or the plot for the next JK Rowling's bestseller, that idea takes form when it is sculpted by the mind.
Arguably, creativity is born, not made. The final product is made, but the nascent idea was born within, and the creative impulse which shapes the amorphous idea arises from within.
However, creativity can be nurtured, just as it can be stifled. The great innovations of Silicon Valley, which produced great new behemoths such as Apple and Microsoft, owe their birth no less to the deep pockets of venture capitalists in the US.
Israel, which has the largest proportion of engineers per capita in the world is ranked among the top 5 innovators in the world due to a culture of fostering cutting-edge technologies. Finland, which produced the Nokia, has wisely concentrated on mobile communication technologies, a special emphasis which has made Finland the most innovative country in the world, according to a recent Canada-based study.
That said, creativity can be stifled, showing that the inner spark that can start a great prairie fire can be doused by officious state bureaucracy or the intolerance of dissent. Creativity can only flourish in the verdant soils of freedom of expression, which freedom is often curtailed in oppressive or authoritarian regimes.
For this reason, Japan is ranked more highly than China on the Global Technology Index devised by Richard Florida, even though China is the only third country to have sent a man to space.
China, with its bullet trains and aircraft carrier, is adept at using technologies developed by the West, but lags behind in developing cutting-edge technologies. To foster greater creativity, necessary for innovations to be spawned, China needs to relax its grip on political control to allow the innate imaginative abilities to be released.
If Ai Weiwei, famous for his input in the iconic Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing, is put in fear of expressing his mind, how can like-minded creative genius emerge? The great chess titan Kasparov is taking on the political elite in Kremlin, reminding us that the creative class can be fiercely independent in thinking.
To suppress them, like the Gestapo would have done under the regime of the Third Reich, or as Mao Zedong had done during ten years of cultural destruction, is to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs- the very wealth of a nation in its cultural finesse, literary refinements, intellectual fervor, scientific prowess and innovative power.
Yes, creativity is born within but it can be easily smothered by uncreative men in charge of the state. It is therefore born and made.
Here's also a cool Infographic that I found on 29 Ways to Stay Creative!