Critical creativity is a paradigmatic synthesis in which the assumptions of critical social science are blended and balanced with, and attuned to, creative and ancient traditions and the natural world, for the purpose of human flourishing

(Titchen & McCormack, 2010)

This new worldview for transformational practice development, education and research in health and social care, has been created over the last decade, through a three-staged co-operative inquiry.  This Critical Creativity Blog is an invitation to you to join us in the third stage of translating critical creativity more widely into practice development, education and research.


 The first stage (2003 – 2006) of the inquiry laid the ground for the development of the philosophical, theoretical and methodological underpinnings of critical creativity. This stage was carried out by the International Practice Development Collaboration (IPDC) (formerly Colloquium). The second stage (2007 -2012) was taken forward by Brendan McCormack, Angie Titchen, Annette Solman and Val Wilson through the creation of a number of published journal articles and book chapters and testing of ideas at practice development schools, international conferences and workshops.  These stages are captured in the video below.

Angie Titchen and Brendan McCormack are leading the third stage, that is, the translation of these underpinnings to developing practice and carrying out action-oriented research within health and social care.

To enable wider participation in translating critical creativity theory to practice, we have posted our published papers in this Blog (see July 2014 archive), creative resources and references (August 2014 archive) and videos of people talking about their practical experiences of using critical creativity in research, practice development and personal life (October 2014 archive). 

We will be adding further papers, films and recorded dialogues with others over time.  We invite you to follow our postings, respond to them and share your experiences of using critical creativity in your work.

Our inquiry draws on the following assumptions: creative imagination and expression creates synergy between cognitive and artistic approaches to critique; transformational development, education and research are person-centred; and the blending of these assumptions occurs through spiritual intelligence. Thus, we use methods that enable us to bring heart, mind, body and soul into our inquiry. Through contemplative or meditative walks in nature, creative expression through painting, movement, poetry/poetic writing, reflective journals, photography and critical-creative dialogue, we engage our whole selves in gathering and making sense and meaning from data. Thus we work with all our senses, emotions, different ways of knowing (pre-cognitive, cognitive, metacognitive and reflexive), different knowledges, multiple intelligences and with and within the natural world . We also tap into the wisdom and loving kindness of those we work with.

4 thoughts on “Home

  1. Thank you Brendan and Angie for this wonderful blog and for sharing your work on critical creativity. It is inspirational for health care and nursing in particular and I am appreciating more as I am learning about critical creativity that the mind, body, heart and soul has to engage for us to grow and flourish.


  2. Thank you Angie & Brendan for this rich & thought provoking blog. I feel it invites me as a practice developer to consider awakening the idea of ‘spiritual intelligence’ as a key driver as I journey towards human flourishing. Tommorow, I’m facilitating an advanced facilitation madterclass in Sydney where I will be embracing each of the critical creative principles in an experiential way, drawing on inner knowings & wisdom. Thanks so much for your continued inspiration. Wishing you continued success with this third stage. Mary


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