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Create vs. Copy: Embrace Change. Ignite Creativity. Break Through with Imagination. Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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-- Eugene Cho, founder, One Day's Wages, Author, Overrated: Are We More in Love With the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?
Theologically grounded and practical in application, Create vs. Copy will inspire you to explore your God-given gift of creativity. Drawing on his experience as a social entrepreneur, church planter, and justice advocate, Ken is the right person to help each of us uncork our creative spirit.
-- Peter Greer, president and CEO, HOPE International and coauthor of Mission Drift
Ken is one of the most creative guys I know, and he's written another terrific book--this time about the power of our imaginations to shape our lives, our world, and our faith.
-- Bob Goff, author, Love Does, founder, Restore International
Creativity is much lauded today, but too often is mistaken for mimicry. In this punchy and powerful book, Ken Wytsma steers us away from the contemporary cult of constant copying and plugs us into the source of all originality--the Creator himself. Create vs. Copy is an essential resource for anyone engaged in partnering with God as He re-creates the world.
-- Mark Sayers, pastor of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia, and author of Facing Leviathan
In Create vs. Copy, Ken Wytsma has accomplished something significant. He provides principles for thinking theologically about creativity and practical insights for leveraging imagination and innovation in all of life. This book will help you think and dream in whole new ways. I highly recommend it.
-- Stephan Bauman, president and CEO, World Relief, author, Possible: A Blueprint for Changing How We Change the World.
If you want to find your life, lose it. If you want to be great, become the least. . . . At the heart of the Christian faith there is a grand paradox, but it requires imagination if we are to have eyes to see and ears to hear. Ken Wytsma refuses to see the world in black and white. Create vs. Copy is an invitation to live in full color.
-- Shane Claiborne, author, activist, recovering sinner redletterchristians.org
Creating is one of the most healing things we can do for ourselves and for this world. Yet it is inherently difficult. Ken walks with us in this tension, helping us recognize our own creative spirit and honor the creative spirit of others, so we can better lead, love, parent, play, and exercise the Spirit of God in us. Weneed this book.
Create vs. Copy masterfully articulates the nuanced realities of creativity through the lens of theology and practice. Ken rightly compels us to embrace the redemptive purpose and power of creativity in a world that desperately longs for its presence.
-- Charles Lee, CEO of Ideation and author of Good Idea. Now What?
In Create vs. Copy Ken brings his unique integrationist approach straight to the heart of leadership and influence in a way that is sure to reform leader toolkits across many platforms and excite a generation of would-be leaders to lean heavy into their imaginations and creativity as they breathe life into the world.
-- Leroy Barber, cofounder of The VOICES Project and author of Everyday Missions
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Create vs. Copy will equip you to do just that. Exploring the theory and practice of creativity, imagination, and innovation, Ken shows you how to:
- Cultivate a creative mindset in life and leadership
- Approach problem solving with greater imagination
- Rediscover why you do what you do and how to do it better
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Create vs. Copy doesn't have much to say about copying, outside its introduction and first chapter (SPOILER ALERT: don't do it!). Wytsma's focus is on creating. Creativity leads us to blazes trails, innovate, and try new things(14). Copying does not (although there is space for creative borrowing).
The book unfolds in two parts. Part one presents a theology of creativity. Part two explores the practices which bring creativity to life. Of course it isn't quite that neat. Wystma's thoughtfulness about the 'why' behind the creative process underpins his practical suggestion; practice bleeds out of his theology. The whole book is an invitation toward creative action. Here is a closer look at what to expect:
In chapter one, Wytsma quotes Genesis 1:27, observing the one aspect of God's nature described in the verse is this: God creates (24). So Wytsma identifies creativity as part of what it means for us to bear God's image. This means all of us:
Yes, artists, but also everyone else. While artistic ability is a talent few possess (and/or cultivate with time and hard work), creative capacity is something all of us are born with. Put another way, artists are skilled with unique talents, but creativity is part of what makes us human. (27)
Chapter two, "Continuous Creativity," begins with Wytsma's reflections on the Second Law of Thermodynamics (Increased Entropy) which states "All closed systems tend to move toward a state of greater disorder and dissipated energy" (37). Wytsma connects this with our experience:
This dissipation is familiar in nearly every area of life. If not renewed, donor bases will erode over time. Congregations will shrink. Family dynamics will tense up. Relationships will fade. Leadership strategies become stale and ineffective. Even our bodies and minds lose their vigor (38).
But entropy characterizes closed systems and creativity is our means to crack them open to allow life back in (39). Wytsma links the work of ongoing, continuous creativity to our image bearing and Gods redemptive plan: God created the world, is in the process of creating, and will create a new heaven and a new earth (42-43); we were created as creative, are creating and are reaching forward with our creative potential. Wytsma closes this chapter with practices for incorporating creativity at home and work (48-52).
Chapter three gives shape to how creativity brings life to our decaying systems. A closed system leads to narrowing horizons, creativity is aimed at making space for life to flourish (51-53). The process is organic: a narrowing horizon is a fear-inducing-context or problem requiring a solution; by responding with intentional creativity (a pattern of life emerging from a nourished imagination) innovation occurs (67). Chapter four describes the outworking of this theology of creativity and innovation in our globalizing world.
In chapter five, Wytsma explores the ways imagination helps us see what is and what should be. As we age, our capacity to imagine possibilities is constrained by our culture and peer group (110). Our creative impulse atrophies, but Wytsma contends, through its exercise, we can reignite our creativity (114).
Chapter six probes the role of imagination in creative process. The comprehensive imagination names our ability to understand the relevant data for seeing current problems (120-121). Our artistic imagination helps us envision what could be (122). Our practical imagination helps envision and enact solutions which will work, leading to innovation (122-123). Wytsma also identifies challenges to our imagination (i.e. knowing what ideas to 'prune' and convincing people that imagination isn't the purview of the few).
Chapter seven identifies the process of intentional creativity as both movement and alignment (136). Movement means doing something. "Our natural response to change is to buck against it, to dig in our heels, to wish things would stay the way they are or go back to the way they used to be" (136-137). But inaction leads to the dissipation of entropy, and our best ideas will come in the midst of our work. Drawing on Robert Epstein, Wytsma suggests we sharpen our creative skills by taking notes of new ideas, seeking out challenging tasks, broadening our knowledge, and surrounding ourselves with interesting things and people (138-140). Yet undirected creativity without healthy constraints won't get you where you want to go (142). Our creativity is aligned when we understanding our role in "God's creative, redemptive work" (143). Wytsma observes, "When our values guide our whole creative process—imagination, intentional creativity, and innovation—something beautiful happens" (147).
The final chapter discusses 'generous creativity': the ways in which creativity is collaborative, 'in-processs' and is aimed at relationship more than results. One example of creative-collaboration is how each chapter is punctuated with Paul Crouse's stunning illustrations, making this book practical AND beautiful. A brief conclusion summons us to creative action (don't just be a copier or a critic).
I was predisposed to like this book. I am artistic and have read Wytsma's previous books appreciatively. I also love the interactive aspects like the additional reading suggestions from Ken's blog and reflection questions appended to each chapter. But this book was also very helpful for me. Despite my love of creativity, my last leadership role was in an entropic system where I failed to lead a process toward vitality. I didn't know how to lead innovation. Wytsma gives shape to how the creativity makes space for life to flourish. As a rookie pastor this would have saved me a lot of grief (in a way vision-casting exercises didn't).
According to Wytsma, all of us have the capacity and ability for creativity; however he favors leadership in his examples. He states, "Those who create blaze trails, take risks, and try new ways. . . . They lead. . . .Copiers by definition, will always follow" (14). Creativity is defined as leading; copying means following. Maybe so, but not everyone leads (processes or people). More ought to be said about creative following. For leaders and artists, creativity is explicit. It is what they need to do in order to thrive in business, art and life. In other vocations creativity is implicit. How does creativity play out in the lives of accountants (creative accounting isn't good, right?), nurses, housekeepers, or whatever? Creativity is essential to all our image-bearing, so I wish there were more examples from ordinary lives.
None of this detracts from my enjoyment. This was a fun,fruitful read which pushed me to think and act with more creativity in ministry and life. I give this five stars and recommend it for leaders, artists, innovators, and yes, copycats, followers and ordinary folk. It calls us to embody the spacious and life giving.
Note: I received a copy of Create vs. Copy as part of the launch team for the book. I was asked for my honest review.
One of the things I really loved about this book was the blend of the practical with the theoretical. Wytsma is a successful entrepreneur who’s launched international initiatives like The Justice Conference, Kilns College, and World Relief NEXT, but he’s also a pastor and a father, and breaks down how creativity shows up in family life, making-ends-meet jobs, and the local neighborhood.
The book’s divided in two parts. The first outlines a theology of creativity, revealing a God who has created, is creating, and will create all things new in the end—God’s got creativity in his very bones. I particularly loved Ken’s observations from entropy, or the second law of thermodynamics, how “Closed systems break down,”—but creativity can crack closed systems wide open and bring fresh life. Ken shows how creativity has been used to crack open “closed systems” like struggling schools, difficult relationships, international relief organizations, and more.
Another insight I loved was how divine creativity “makes space for life to flourish.” Creativity is not an end in itself, but is oriented towards the flourishing of the world. We are invited to participate with our Creator in bringing forth beauty and goodness from creation’s potential.
The second half of the book is focused on practice. Whereas most leadership books emphasize things like vision, management, and efficiency, Wytsma instead helps us navigate our rapidly changing 21st century environment, where themes like globalization, social media, and urbanization can produce fear and anxiety in the competition to keep up. Ken speaks into this context, showing how leaders, organizations, and families can put creativity into practice to not only survive but thrive today.
This book impacted my life: I finished it excited to implement a number of changes in both my job and family to experience the freedom and freshness of life that creativity can bring. Thanks Create vs. Copy for showing us creativity is not just for the elite—it’s for us all.
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