History of Creativity

by | May 19, 2019 | Creativity, Futures Facets, USA | 0 comments

Robert Alan Black

Alan became fascinated with the teaching, training, coaching of CREATIVE THINKING beginning in 1976. He attended workshops, took university courses and complete two degrees: 

1979 – MEd in Guidance & Counseling of Gifted, Talented & Creative People 

1983 – PhD in Educational Psychology focused on the teaching and training of Creative Thinking Systems, Tools/Techniques, Approaches/Attitudes, Methods & Strategies. 

He began attending and presenting at Creative Thinking Conferences in 1978 and has so far presented and attended at over nearly 200 of them on all 6 continents 

Alan has also written or co-written several books on Creative Thinking in the US, Great Britain, Turkey, Slovakia and South Africa. 

Here are some of Alan’s Creative Acronyms


Creative G.A.P.S. – primary reasons most people do not believe they are creative 

G – they think it is a GIFT that only a few have from birth 

A – ATTITUDE greatly impacts creative thinking 

P – Everything human beings do is the result of using PROCESSES – known and unknown 

S – Creative Thinking is the result of strategic thinking – making choices 

S.T.A.M.P.S. – People can continually learn to improve their creative thinking traits, skills through learning 

– Systems 

– Tools & Techniques 

– Approaches/Attitudes 

– Methods 

– Processes 

– Strategies 

S.P.R.E.A.D.ng – creative thinking can be continually develop by 

– Supporting 

– Promoting 

– Recognizing / Rewarding 

– Educating / Encouraging 

– Applying 

– Developing 

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