The Rise of Creativity

In January, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its new The Future of Jobs report. In it, they surveyed leaders at top global firms about how the workplace is changing and what skills workers will need to be successful five years from now.

This should sound very familiar to Trinity Valley parents because our middle school faculty conducted a similar research project last year, interviewing industry leaders about how their fields were changing and how schools can position students for success in the new economy. (Click here to read more about Project 2025).

Take a look at this chart from the WEF, comparing their projections from five years ago to current projections for the year 2020.

Top 10 Skills Employees Will Need To Thrive

In 2020

1) Complex Problem Solving

2) Critical Thinking

3) Creativity

4) People Management

5) Coordinating with Others

6) Emotional Intelligence

7) Judgement and Decision Making

8) Service Orientation

9) Negotiation

10) Cognitive Flexibility

In 2015

1) Complex Problem Solving

2) Coordinating with Others

3) People Management

4) Critical Thinking

5) Negotiation

6) Quality Control

7) Service Orientation

8) Judgment and decision-making

9) Active Listening

10) Creativity

Notice anything? Here’s what jumped out at me: five years ago, creativity was #10 on the list.

Now it’s in the top three.

Here’s how the World Economic Forum explains their findings:

Creativity will become one of the top three skills workers will need. With the avalanche of new products, new technologies and new ways of working, workers are going to have to become more creative in order to benefit from these changes. Robots may help us get to where we want to be faster, but they can’t be as creative as humans (yet).

Creativity is about seeing possibilities where they didn’t exist before –  and then doing something with that vision.  Creativity guru Sir Ken Robinson offers this insight:

Imagination is the root of creativity. It is the ability to bring to mind things that aren’t present to our senses. Creativity is putting your imagination to work. It is applied imagination. Innovation is putting new ideas into practice . . . Creativity is possible in all areas of human life, in science, the arts, mathematics, technology, cuisine, teaching, politics, business, you name it. And like many human capacities, our creative powers can be cultivated and refined.

As summer approaches, so do opportunities to explore our creative spirit at a slightly different pace. Let me share the advice I gave to students at the eighth grade banquet. It’s just two words: Get lost!

This summer, get lost in a book. Get lost in a math problem. Get lost in an art project. Get lost in the woods. Get lost in an idea. Get lost making something, doing something, learning something, dreaming something.  

Because when we get lost in something, we discover new possibilities.  We expand our creative potential —  because the more we understand a concept, the more we can stretch, manipulate, and build upon it to create something the world has never quite seen before.


If you are looking for some amazing, creative summer opportunities for your kids, check out our newly expanded summer program: Xplore: Summer at TVS.

Xplore Summer Programs are open to anyone in the community and are designed to promote creativity and confidence. Middle school options include Creative Coding, Creative Robotics, Enameling Workshop, Clay Workshop, Innovator’s Workshop, Musical Theater, Dance and TEDx Innovation Camp.

Click here to access the catalogue!

To read more about how we inspire creativity at Trinity Valley Middle School, check out these articles:

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