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The role of creativity in our future

  • by JW

Designing Spaces for Creativity.

Complex problem-solving, Critical thinking and Creativity are the top skills for today and tomorrow.


The current interest in Solarpunk is very much driven by a desire to be creative, to look at things anew and with promise, to use design and technology in a positive way – and above all, to be hopeful about the future:

Solarpunk Action Week – Vision Group for Sidmouth


The thinking behind the piece commissioned for the Neighbouhood Plan was about being imaginative about the places in the Sid Valley – whilst recognising the depth and richness of what is already there:

Sid Valley Place Appraisal – Creating Excellence


These different ideas come together in a competition to “design a nursery that boosts creativity”:

IE Spaces for Creativity | International Prize for young Architects and Designers | Arquideas | Arquideas


Here are lots of very creative takes – all of which look very Solarpunk:

IE School of Architecture and Design’s Space for Creativity Competition


As the blurb says:

There is much discussion about the role of technology in our future, and it is, without any doubt an important driver.

However, our very human aspects: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Negotiation, Emotional Intelligence, Judgement and Cognitive Flexibility are some of the most important skills that will be required in all future jobs, according to World Economic Forum.


This is otherwise known as ‘the fourth industrial revolution’, as being touted by the WEF some five years ago:

Futures Forum: The promises of technological innovation >>> “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” and the future of work


This is the future being considered some three years ago:

Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, quantum computing — these are no longer the fantasies of sci-fi authors or Hollywood directors. This is the reality of our future, and the future is almost here! The World Economic Forum says we’re on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0), and you don’t need to have seen Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner or Steven Spielberg’s A.I Artificial Intelligence to know that this next one is going to change everything.

The WTF has released The Future of Jobs report revealing the top 10 skills you’ll need by 2020…

10 Job Skills You’ll Need in 2020 and Beyond


And the top skills forecast as central to our society were: Complex problem-solving, Critical thinking and Creativity:

The Skills You Need To Succeed In 2020

The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution | World Economic Forum