Volume 3 of the Cultures & Globalization series, Creativity and Innovations, explores the interactions between globalization and the forms of cultural expression that are their basic resource. Bringing together over 25 high-profile authors from around the world, this volume addresses such questions as: What impacts does globalization have on cultural creativity and innovation? How is the evolving world ‘map’ of creativity related to the drivers and patterns of globalization? What are the relationships between creative acts, clusters, genres or institutions and cultural diversity?

Creativity Indexes

Creativity indexes
EnricoBertacchini and WalterSantagata

Defining Creativity

Creativity has long been recognized as an invaluable source for new ideas and products that have social, cultural and economic value. However, no single substantive definition of creativity is as yet accepted, and despite the great advances that have been made recently in the behavioral and cognitive sciences, we continue to lack a clear understanding of how creativity comes about, of how it springs from the interaction between the human mind and its complex relationships with the social and natural environment. For the purposes of this contribution,1 we therefore group existing work into three main approaches:

  • Creativity is considered as a rare occurrence that comes from human ‘insight’, arising out of new connections between remote associations (Mednick, 1962) or ...
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