I’ve been playing a lot of this game called Bubble Pop on my phone.  It looks like this:

You score points by popping bubbles. You can only pop bubbles when you have at least two of the same color touching.  When you pop the bubbles, the remaining bubbles fall down and move to the right – when there is no column of bubbles on the left you get a new full column of bubbles.  As the bubbles fall down and to the right, your bubbles of the same color that are touching are continually changing.

This constant changing of the bubbles is a little like the changes happening in our culture right now.  Things that shape the fabric of our society and culture are changing and growing, and that means we need creativity to adapt.  Companies are changing the ways they do business, and employees must change the ways they work.  Health care reform is changing the way health care happens, but it is also a reaction to what is not working in our healthcare system.  The Occupy Wall Street movement is highlighting the distress of millions of people who want to work and are having trouble finding the opportunity, or who have the opportunity to work, but can’t live off the money they make from those jobs – which brings us full circle back to the companies changing the way they do business and workers responding by changing the way they work.

As you can see, none of these things happens in a void.  Workplaces and healthcare are related because many people receive health coverage from their employer.  So when companies change how they do business by changing health coverage or switching to a business model in which they hire more employees who don’t receive benefits, it impacts healthcare.  The employees who no longer receive health care coverage at work must pay for it themselves – or do without.  This in turn costs the tax-payers money because these now uninsured people must turn to public health benefits – often waiting until their health has deteriorated to a greater, and more costly, degree.

So it all works together, but it is sometimes very difficult to understand how it works together.  All of these processes, like healthcare and a company’s hiring strategy,  are related like the bubbles in the game.  When  you pop one set of bubbles, or change a company’s hiring process, you shift the arrangement of the other bubbles.  The most frustrating part of the game is when you pop a set of bubbles and all the other sets you were prepared to pop right after disappear as a result of that one pop.  Figuring out healthcare policy is just like that.  As things change, the bubbles move around and it’s not always clear what the best next step is.

When companies decide to change the make-up of their workforce they don’t think about what all the people who are not on their health plan will do, they think about how much they’re saving by providing people with less benefits.  And that’s ok.  It’s not their job to think about that.  Other trends such as self-employment can change the playing field equally.  But it is important for us to recognize these trends, identify how they change the social landscape, and realize we need to develop new solutions.

It is time for some new solutions.  And that is why the time for creativity is now.


So if this blog is about finding creativity in unexpected places, why on earth would I choose to talk about it in a blog, the place everyone tries to prove how creative they are?  Everyone and their dog has a blog (except my dog, who just has a twitter account), so how is showcasing my creativity in the same way everyone else is, thereby stripping away any originality I may have had, creative?  But that’s the point of this blog: finding creativity in places you didn’t realize it existed.  Like blogs.

It all really started when my friend Rachel was over the other night and she proclaimed she isn’t creative.  Now this just isn’t true at all.  She proceeded to make the argument that she isn’t crafty, and she can’t draw, and she isn’t clever.  And she’ll never create something like this:


Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1951, Fitzwilli...

She conveniently left out that she plays the guitar and sings beautifully, but that’s not what’s important.  What is important is that my favorite thing about her is her ability to think outside the box about sociology and how institutions have marginalized a lot of people in our societal system.  So while she may not be that artistic, she is able to transcend traditional ideas to create new ones – the definition of creativity.

Now, this isn’t to say that I won’t post about a lot of artistic or crafty things, because I will.  But I’ll also be posting about my original (and maybe some not-so-original) ideas about the things I’m passionate about.  This means I will cover a wide breadth of topics from cooking, to the lamps I’ve made, to social justice and our social systems.  Because at the end of the day, creativity is in everything we do, and especially in exploring our ideas – which is the point of a blog, right?

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