Love it or hate it, 2011 was the year of the “creative” class.
There have been different classes of workers for as long as there has been time, and lately it seems that the creative class has taken the lead over all other classes of workers and producers. Anywhere you look there’s now someone who works as a creative, or incorporates creativity into their work. You’re likely one of them. LinkedIn.com even reported “creative” as the number one overused buzzword in 2011.
But what does this all mean exactly?
Whether you’re an artist or entrepreneur, a writer or teacher, a craftsperson or blogger, whether you’re a designer or an illustrator or a student or a chef, what does it mean to be creative in a world where anyone can think up new ideas? In a world where more and more people are finding their creativity every day, what’s next?
Well, I don’t know. What I do know is that this is a tremendously exciting time for anyone who dedicates themselves to creative thinking (something we are all inherently born with the capacity to do, but for a multitude of reasons lose touch with).
For the first time in hundreds of thousands of years we are now part of a society that is beginning to embrace creative thinking on a wide scale.
Can you imagine what happens when millions of people suddenly realize that they can change the world with their ideas? When everyone – and you – embraces the truth behind the statement: I can impact that world with my ideas? There is a lot of potential here. Creative is not just a popular buzzword, it’s a possible evolution of the modern world.
If one person’s idea could change the mobile phone market, if a handful of people were capable of using their ideas to create wireless networking technology, if it only took a few individuals to improve the world of art and literature and tech and business and economics, can you imagine what this new class of millions of creative thinkers can do?
We could end world hunger. Invent a way to travel through space (or time, or both). With our newly motivated brains we could turn the impossible upside down and inside out. New technologies, new health improvements, new ways to cope with diseases and debilitating issues. Discoveries that today we can’t imagine are now just around the corner.
The future for creatives is remarkably broad, and that’s exciting for all of us. This means that now, more than ever, there’s a possibility for real advancements and improvements all around the globe. The world is now opening to the realization that creativity can do tremendously powerful things, if we let it. If we’re not afraid to press forward and pursue the impossible.
And here you are, to be a part of it all. So put on your thinking cap.