How is art, collaboration, and emotional intelligence important to technology planning in terms of process, and outcomes?
Art, collaboration and emotional intelligence is important because it affects the result of our processes and outcomes. When we incorporate creativity into our technology plans, it brings up the question of how the educator will measure it. However, creativity is just as valid as science, which is upheld as “gospel.” “In reality there are many similarities in the creative processes of the arts and sciences and much closer connections between them than is commonly thought. Both have objective and subjective elements: both draw on knowledge, and feelings, intuition and non-logical elements. Both involved personal passions and both can be highly creative. Science as well as the arts can have considerable influence on how we feel about the world and on the world we have feelings about. These features of arts and sciences have implications for how we should think about creative processes and for how they should be provided for in education and training” (Robinson, 2011). We need creativity in order to promote innovations for the betterment of our society and culture.
We currently have significant forms of creativity, ingenuity and technology, if we choose to acknowledge it as a valid form of “culture.” For example, YouTube is an example of art, collaboration and science. However, it is most often recognized for its entertainment properties. “The creativity of a culture depends on how open these networks are and how easily we can access knowledge. Creativity is about making connections and more often than not […] it is driven by collaboration as much as, if not more than, by solo efforts” (Robinson, 2011). We can gain information on anything from the internet in almost any location. Our possibilities are endless, but that can be a scary concept. However, if we plan for the unexpected, it will possibly soften the blow.
Here is an odd example. “Smack Cam” is a recognized category on Vine. Most are just college boys smacking each other with shaving cream. However, some express some amazing levels of ingenuity, collaboration, and, yes, even technology.
…Imagine what these guys would be capable of if they turn their efforts towards something a bit more productive?
Castee, E. (2013). Ultimate smack cam. Access on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BWpFBJZAms
Robinson, K. (2011). Out of our minds: learning to be creative. West Sussex, UK: Capstone. [Accessed on Kindle].