Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century

Grappling with Enormous Problems and Huge Opportunities

  • Don Ambrose
  • Robert J. Sternberg

Part of the Advances in Creativity and Giftedness book series (ACAG, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Recognizing Powerful Contextual Influences on Creative Intelligence

  3. Creativity in the Turbulent 21st Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Laura Yahn, James C. Kaufman
      Pages 75-87
    3. Mary E. Jacobsen, Lorna Goulden
      Pages 89-105
    4. Catrinel Haught-Tromp
      Pages 107-117
  4. Unshackling Students, Teachers, and Schools: Recognizing Contextual Constraints

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Yong Zhao, Brian Gearin
      Pages 121-138
  5. Invigorating Creativity in Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Karen Magro, Kathleen M. Pierce
      Pages 191-210
    3. Leigh E. Zeitz, Sharon “Sam” Sakai-Miller
      Pages 211-231
    4. Dorothy A. Sisk
      Pages 233-254
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Robert J. Sternberg
      Pages 257-262
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-276

About this book


How can creative individuals and societies adapt to complex 21st-century conditions? Will civilizations thrive or collapse in the decades to come if they are not creative enough, or if they are too creative? Interest in these questions is growing; however, until now there has been inadequate understanding of the socioeconomic and cultural trends and issues that influence creativity. This book provides that understanding while yielding insights from many of the world’s leading creativity researchers and educational experts. The book begins with a big-picture, interdisciplinary overview of the socioeconomic, cultural, and technological pressures emerging from 21st-century globalization and describes some ways in which those pressures simultaneously suppress, distort, and invigorate creativity in general, and creative education in particular. After that, prominent scholars of creativity and education use their impressive knowledge bases to clarify how we can adjust our thoughts and actions in order to give ourselves the best possible chances for success in this complex world.

“The world’s problems are complex, messy, and seemingly intractable, but history tells us that human creativity finds solutions to even the most daunting problems. This book collects perspectives on creative development from many of the most respected scholars and educators working in creativity and innovation today, helping chart a path forward for creativity in the 21st century.” – Jonathan Plucker, Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development, Johns Hopkins University

“A volume taking on macro-opportunities and macroproblems by editors Ambrose and Sternberg is a treat for readers who want to think ‘big’ and think ‘forward.’ Kick back for an imaginative journey that reaches back to early global insights but propels us solidly into the 21st century and beyond.” – Ann Robinson, Past President, National Association for Gifted Children


creativity intelligence talent gifted 21st-century globalization interdisciplinary education civilization climate change inequality dogmatism critical thinking leadership ethics innovation teaching learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Don Ambrose
    • 1
  • Robert J. Sternberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Rider UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Cornell UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-506-7
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