Practicing Creativity

Repair and refactoring processes are creative

Because Creativity is organic, creative projects often need updates, maintenance, or repair along their lifespan just as living organisms need periods of rest and repair.

Often these processes start as an effort to "return" to a previously stable state (dusting the shelves, fixing a bug caused by a code change elsewhere, getting the car headlights to turn on again). However, a process of repair is also an opportunity to generate new patterns and Practice morphogenetic creative processes. It's an opportunity to enliven existing patterns, establish new patterns between and within existing patterns, and make the system ready for new morphogenetic growth. (Repair comes from reparer, re- 'back' + parare 'make ready')

See The Timeless Way of Building chapter 24

See NPR Interview with Robert Pirsig 1991

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These are my draft notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery