Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 19 January 2007

Model 39

The Making Sense Model

Imagine a person who simply does not get it. He fails to understand answers that satisfy the rest of us. He keeps in each encounter in life

running into beliefs, values, procedures, and ideas that do not make sense to him. He lives in a world of inadequate models and failed explanations.

He sees flaws and faults with even the most common, applauded, taken-for-granted, basic concepts in a domain. As he struggles,

given this is the type of life he lives, to make sense of his world, a side-effect is immense creativity as he invents new explanations, procedures,

and ways of work that “make” sense to him (Ludwig, 1995; Giddens, 1991; Runco, 1994; Gognen, 1999; Junge, 1998; Taylor and van

Every, 2000). This is the making sense model of creativity.

There are two parts of this model. The first is a submodel of how to find unsatisfying all the existing concepts, procedures, and explanations

of this world. The second part is how to not despair at seeing all of this slop and flaw but how to, undaunted by it, courageously supply better

ideas, procedures, and explanations of ones own. Creative people, according to this model, are merely people who won’t accept common

applauded explanations that the rest of us accept as we grow up. They are the ones who simply fail to “get it”. Connections that work

for us, do not satisfy them. Things that are answers to us are questions to them.

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