Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Molly Holinger

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Dr. Molly Holinger


The increasing complexity and adversity in today's world emphasize the need for resilience as a critical skill to navigate these challenges. The World Economic Forum identifies resilience, stress tolerance, and flexibility as essential skills for thriving in the 21st century. But how can we intentionally develop resilience? Through this project, I explore the relationship between creativity and resilience and how creativity skills can be deliberately cultivated to build resilience. To achieve this, I developed a prototype of a reflective card deck that offers a unique approach to help individuals gain knowledge, make connections, explore their relationship with the skill, and practice the creativity skills. This tool is a practical and engaging way to build a reservoir of skills that can be drawn upon when facing adversity, empowering individuals to unlock their full potential and bounce back in the face of challenges. Creativity could be the superpower, allowing us to see beyond adversity and explore a world of endless possibilities.