April 27, 2015
With destructive creativity we mean new, creative, innovative solutions and ideas that arise out of a destructive, negative environment. The “destructive” encompasses these difficult environments that eventually led to conflicts and the necessity to look for new solutions. Examples can be as straightforward as war or natural disasters, but also more subtle such as uneven playing fields due to gender inequality, religious conflicts or personal setbacks.
The “creativity” refers to original solutions that have changed or aim at changing this destructive situation through new technologies, new educational institutes or new channels, for example. There’s an important difference with the more known “creative destruction”. Creative destruction refers to the case where an old technology is replaced and an industry destroyed by a newer one.
The difference with our topic is that we start from a situation of conflict which then leads to a new idea. The fact that there is first a conflict or difficult situation is important to understand how much it required from the people involved to come up with their solutions.