Face the facts: creativity, Common Sense, and a dummy

January is International Creativity Month.
“...during their first five years 90% of children are highly creative. The next two years, ages six and seven, the percentage of highly creative children dropped to 10%. By age eight or nine, the percentage of highly creative children fell to only 2% and stayed about that level from that time on.”
Almost all of us were highly creative when we were little children. We were created creative. It’s time to unleash that creativity you were created with.” – Randall Munson, founder of International Creativity Month.

This Day in History:

Thomas Paine publishes “Common Sense”, January 10, 1776
“Common Sense” was a 49 page pamphlet advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies. Paine made persuasive moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the Colonies to fight for independence. It was published anonymously at the beginning of the American Revolution, and became an immediate sensation.

It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history. As of 2006, it remains the all-time best selling American title, and is still in print today.





Strange but True: 

In 1993, the citizens of San Francisco voted on a ballot initiative to decide whether or not a police officer named Bob Geary could carry a ventriloquist dummy named “Brendan O’Smarty” while on foot patrol.

After disbanding the city’s horse patrol in a budget move, the chief asked officers to find new and creative ways to reach out to the community. Geary chose the ventriloquist dummy. Then a new chief was named, who ordered Geary to keep the dummy in his car when foot patrolling. Geary protested and got the matter placed on the city election ballot. He won.

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