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Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers

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Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers


If applied creativity seeks the generation of novel and useful ideas for a real-world goal, wish, or challenge, then my concept of theoretical creativity can best be described as the generation of ideas that are novel and not yet useful. I assert that the employment of deep divergence is the best tool for producing ideas within a theoretical creativity framework. Deep divergence is defined as divergent thinking to its most extreme levels, far beyond what is probable, beyond what is possible, and into an unplumbed realm of what is currently impossible and unknowable. However, for this project, my aim was to determine if there is utility in exploring deep divergence in matters of applied creativity and, in particular, within the construct of a creative problem-solving ideation session. What follows is 1) a foundation of the considerations and precautions one must address prior to the implementation of deep divergence in an ideation session, and 2) a proposed methodology for exploring deep divergence, including tools, facilitation prompts, and suggestions for establishing a productive creative climate.