Nurturing creativity is a form of individual empowerment. It requires first and foremost the removal of fear. And fear-based controls and limits on curiosity, expression and thinking.

Individually – the fear of being wrong, loosing face, not fitting in. not belonging, and of ego damage.

Collectively – the fear of challenges to the status quo, change, growth and evolution, non-conformity, and the (imagined) possibility of chaos.

It’s ok to colour outside the lines.
It’s ok to ask the difficult questions.
It’s ok to be who you are.
It’s ok to think anything.
It’s ok to try something and fail.

It is amazing how much fear these statements generate.