Creativity Matters – The Decline of US Creativity

From an interview with Kyung Hee Kim

Decrease in Elaboration after 1984: Elaboration scores (ability to develop and elaborate upon ideas and detailed and reflective thinking and motivation to be creative) decreased more than other subscales of the TTCT. Elaboration scores decreased by 19.41% from 1984 to 1990, by 24.62% from 1984 to 1998, and by 36.80% from 1984 to 2008.

The interview is dense and contains a lot of information and statistics – but what jumped out at me was the section above. Elaboration is a critical skill in making things that solve people’s problems. Without elaboration entrepreneurship suffers.