Creativity and Leadership for Sustainable Education and Development for Afghanistan and Central Asia

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Creativity is an essential part of life. As Wikipedia defines it: there is a relationship between creativity and general intelligence, mental and neurological processes associated with creativity, the relationships between personality type and creative ability and between creativity and mental health.

When I walk into a room, I instinctively assess the people surrounding me. Their creativity defines their relationship with me. Regardless the level of success and compatibility, I am interested in creative elements much more than other types. This fosters my own creativity and curiosity. To be frank, unless someone proves to have creativity and curiosity, I get easily bored and annoyed and will move on to other conversations and ventures.

My adventure and motivation with the Afghan Development Project and our expansion in Central and South Asia is well described in the Wikipedia definition as "the potential for fostering creativity through education and training, especially as augmented by technology, and the application of creative resources to improve the effectiveness of learning and teaching processes." This is why we developed the Examer Vocational and Educational Software.

Social media is a great tool of communication that allows me to identify the creative mind of each person I follow closely, and learn from them. Some limit themselves to retweeting someone else's concept, others create concepts instead. Some write blogs inspired by others, while some create concepts and give them life. In essence, creativity defines leadership and risk taking, accountability and courage. Unless you give birth to a new “creative” concept, you are not willing to take a risk and consequently, you might not open my mind to new ideas or support in case of a needed emergency.

When a creative person gets up in the morning, he or she is craving creative inspirations and a medium to express his or her vision. Social media allows all this to happen. This is why with Eren Gulfidan, Film Annex Creative Director, we started a Film Treatment Curriculum development to allow students of developing countries like Afghanistan to foster their own creativity and express it in writing. We also supply them with access to the World Wide Web to spread their ideas, interact with others, gather comments and inspiration, finance them with adverting and micro scholarship, and access the latest technologies like 3D printing, stop motion, film editing, creative writing. They also have the support of the 40,000 filmmakers and artists registered on Film Annex.

We asked Dutch animator Tomas Schats to create an animation about Examer and its vocational and educational value. We also asked him to add to it a hint on the social media tools available to express their creativity. Twitter was included as you can see below. We will share a few words about this with Twitter Founder, Biz Stone, and Roya Mahboob during our upcoming meeting this week:

An army of creative people can change the world. An army of NON creative people will NOT change the world. Help me build this army and let's make a difference.

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Wikipedia Info Skin in the game @bitLanders Where social media meets the gaming Universe & positive self expression. Founding board member of @WomensAnnex Foundation supporting Women's Digital Literacy, Sustainability, and Community Building. Founder and President of MTI New York Board member @GMRF…

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