There’s a great deal of buzz over Iceland’s innate creativity.
A creative society By many international measures, Iceland is a leading nation in innovation and creativity in a number of fields, including design, music, art and literature. For a country of just 340,000 people Iceland has produced a remarkable number of internationally known artists, scientists and successful entrepreneurs. Among the questions the study wanted to address was why “one in 10 adults in the country have published a book, why playing in a band is considered a rite of passage and why nearly everyone knows how to knit and sew. (Study finds emphasis on art, crafts, rather than tests, explain high level of creativity in Iceland | Icelandmag)
For me is merely a great example of my theory of integral innovation. (based on Ken Wilber’s integral theory) When the conditions in all the four quadrants are met, integral innovation and creativity happen.
Here’s why Icelandic people are creative.
1. They have developed an open mindset and there are conditions for self-reflection during long nights. (Upper-Left quadrant – inner creativity)
The culture also celebrates differences, gender equality, and human rights. In fact, their annual LGBTQ pride celebration is the largest in Europe and the largest festival in Iceland.
One aspect of Iceland’s unique environment is well-suited to creativity. The long, dark hours of winter lead residents to spend long periods of time indoors working together and the long summer days with little darkness lead to little sleep and uninterrupted periods of creation. (Icelanders are super creative. Here’s why – Futurity)
2. The Icelandic culture is open, sharing of ideas, and the communities are strong (Lower-Left – pollination of ideas)
Being a small country also has its advantages The small size of Iceland is also cited as a strength. It makes it easier for creative people to get noticed and find others to collaborate with. Young musicians, filmmakers and artists can be quickly discovered. (Study finds emphasis on art, crafts, rather than tests, explain high level of creativity in Iceland | Icelandmag)
3. The societal system is supportive of innovation, it started 20 years ago (Lower-Right – processes, system)
The study argues that public effort to introduce innovation education, into school curriculums more than 20 years ago has encouraged creativity. Since the early 20th century all children in Icelandic schools learn to use tools, how to build and create all manner of products and more. Woodwork, sewing, knitting and cooking are taught from young age in elementary school. (Study finds emphasis on art, crafts, rather than tests, explain high level of creativity in Iceland | Icelandmag)
4. There is a constant generous production and display of creative artifacts, festivals, art galleries, etc. (Upper-Right – creative behavior)
Icelandic artists, such as Ragnar Kjartansson, whose performance art often combines different mediums, such as paintings, music and videos; and Katrín Sigurðardóttir, whose sculptures explore the boundaries between physical structures and perception, have built upon the fine reputation of Icelandic artists to create great interest around the world. Island of Creativity