Greetings! I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant at EvalQuality.com and Creative Advisor of this blog. As mentioned before, I consider creativity a key competence in life, and in evaluation. How so? If there is anything clear regarding evaluation it is that there are no rules. No rules. It is a totally adaptive discipline that can be taught and learned, but new situations can demand at any moment new answers. That is why creativity (plus knowledge and experience, of course) becomes handy.
In my attempt to continue fostering our creative side and exercise it in case of needs, many things can be done. In this occasion, I collected some of my favorite quotes. I hope some of them inspire you and resonate with you:
“Creativity is as important as literacy”
“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”
“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking”
“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form: Graphic Works, 1895-1972
“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.”
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
“The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.”
“Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.”
“When I am ….. completely myself, entirely alone… or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how these ideas come I know not nor can I force them.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
“Creativity arises from our ability to see things from many different angles.”
Keri Smith, How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum
“Creativity is nothing but an intelligent imitation.”
“Creativity comes from applying things you learn in other fields to the field you work in.”
And my favorite of all times: “They didn’t know it was impossible so they did it”.(Mark Twain).
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