A good article on how a Toronto business school is focusing on teaching students to be creative problem solvers was published in the New York Times January 10, 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/business/10mba.html

The article reminds me of how restorative justice and solution-focused thinking, which I think are public health approaches to problem solving, offer us the chance to learn to be more creative and resilient.

Being creative feels much better than complaining and whining about the hardships and problems that we encounter.  We are more energetic and happier when we are looking for solutions instead of blaming others and complaining.

Certainly when we are hurt by wrongdoing, we are entitled to feel sad, angry, and express our pain.  Restorative justice not only allows us the opportunity to express our emotions, but it gives us a chance to find ways to heal and to become more resilient.

Restorative justice coupled with and solution-focused language skills, are especially effective at teaching us how to be more creative.  These approaches are not panaceas and magic applications, but genuine opportunities to learn.

They are ways to look at difficulties and problems and finding how they can empower us to create more meaningful lives.  This is in the spirit of Viktor Frankl and his book Man’s Search for Meaning, and millions of others who everyday face the challenges that befall them.

Facing our problems and finding creative ways of dealing with them, empowers us to be stronger and more resilient.  Restorative justice offers the opportunity to learn to be more creative and have more meaningful lives.

Business schools that value creativity over finance rock!