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San Jose Taiko introductory item at Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival, 1998.

 

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Creativity completes our discussion of individual strengths, although without a doubt there are others that could be important -- for example, a well-developed aesthetic sense. Creativity has been defined in many ways. Basically, it involves the restructuring of old elements into new systems. Creativity is involved in all major innovations. However, it is not limited to first-time accomplishments; one can recreate for oneself things that others had earlier created. Furthermore, the results do not have to be spectacular -- every coordination of two perspectives is an act of creating.

 

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It is clear then that creativity is a part of being able to communicate effectively, and is especially important in developing cross-cultural competence. Creativity is critical in problem solving and decision making. The burgeoning of technology is founded on a wealth of creative minds. Creativity will be required for the construction of new moral systems to face the ever-new challenges posed by developing technology and cultural interfacing.

 

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Thus, the following would be included in the list of individual strengths required by the future: creativity, trust, openness, confidence, and integrated and refined moral and physical knowledge systems. Each of these will contribute to other aspects of the future human -- a sense of purpose, system competence, and a constructive identity -- to which we now turn.

 

 

 

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