From the development of a successful Covid vaccine to the formulaton of a new scientific theory, from the composition of a great opera to the making of an award winning movie,  we prize creativity and celebrate its products.  Yet in our education system and in our exams, creativity is largely excised.  And in working life, carrying out a task accurately and efficiently is the primary focus.

Are we right to focus on learning, knowledge and experience?  Should we give greater emphasis to creativity in all its many forms and encourage new solutions and new ways of operating?  Or is creativity only possible when the hard work of learning the rules has been achieved?  More fundamentally Is creativity itself unfathomable and impossible to teach and limited to those with exceptional talents?

Prolific economist, writer and broadcaster Linda Yueh, Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman and distinguished neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett debate Knowledge vs Creativity.

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