Children's Creativity Museum Education Blog

Defining Creative Confidence


-By Ben Grossman-Kahn

Creative Confidence is a term that gets tossed around a lot at our museum. David Kelley, of IDEO fame, mentions the term frequently, and building creative confidence is one of the guiding objectives of the Stanford d.School.  We have adopted this mantra and integrated it into our educational approach and design process of “Imagine, Create, Share”, and until recently have felt pretty confident that we were imparting the skills and coaching needed to be creatively confident.

However, during a recent education team meeting, one of our interns asked what exactly we meant by creative confidence, pointing out that it was hard to measure unless we knew what such confidence actually looks like.

This prompted some deep soul searching among the Education team and prompted us to utilize the backwards design approach.  We began by trying to define the enduring understandings we want to impart…

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