Creativity is bliss. It’s one of the most fascinating powers our brains can access and it feels straight right when it does so. A new study brought together by the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) at the University of Toronto attempts to rank knowledge economies by that elusive quality.
They call it the Global Creativity Index (GCI) and they defined creativity as a product of 3 measurable variables, “the Three Ts”: technology, talent and tolerance. This updated 2015 edition of the Global Creativity Index assesses the creative performance and longer run economic potential of 139 nations across the world. It expands the previous 2011 edition, adding more than 50 additional countries to the analysis.
Researchers also believe to have found a connection between social equality and creativity. “Overall, we find that nations that score high on the GCI have, on balance, greater levels of equality,” MPI found. “While some countries, like the United States and the United Kingdom, achieve high GCI scores alongside relatively high levels of inequality. Generally speaking, higher levels of global creativity are associated with lower levels of inequality.”
So, what are the most “creative” countries? In top 5 we have Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Canada and Denmark (you can check the full ranking bellow). More specifically, New Zealand is at the top of the list with 93 percent of those surveyed saying their city is a good place for racial and ethnic minorities. According to many recent studies, openness to diversity boosts economic development while homogeneity stunts economic growth. The idea of talent was measured by the segment of workforce in the creative class and the segment of adults who have higher education. Here, Luxembourg takes top spot with more than half (54 percent) of its workforce made up of the creative class. It is followed by Bermuda (48 percent) in second, Singapore is third (47 percent), Switzerland fourth (47 percent), and Iceland fifth (45 percent). Australia (45 percent), Sweden (45 percent), the Netherlands (44 percent), Canada (44 percent), and the United Kingdom (44 percent) round out the top ten.
Bill Moyers wonderfully once said that “creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous” and I find this to be true. Going through life with a creative superpower is simply the right way to do it. Not only it helps you professionally and academically, but being able to access your creative “drawer” can expand your horizons at 360 degrees.