carian van der sman

Carian is one of the Euriginals, the first cohort in Europe. After one year of studying, when she had earned her Graduate Certificate, we were curious to learn more about her creative journey.

“The real wealth of a nation is its people. And the purpose of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy, and creative lives. This simple but powerful truth is too often forgotten in the pursuit of material and financial wealth”

These are not my words, but the beautiful words of Mabub Ul Haq’s, a former Pakistan’s finance minister and creator of the Human Development Index.

I’ve been working in the healthcare sector since I was 15 years old: as a nurse assistant, a human kinetic technologist, as a researcher and change leader. Making lives easier for those who need care is my primary purpose in everything I professionally do.

At some point in my career I lost my energy in creating new products, services and health programs. I lost it totally. The purpose was not the problem. The process was. I was working too hard, too serious, too cognitive and too much in sequence with others instead of in co-creation. A Fundamentals training in applied creativity changed my behavior and triggered my curiosity. It brought me to this Master program.

After one year of studying I dare say that the work I do results in more health and well-being. For me, the people I work with and the people I work for. It is the creative attitude and process that makes the difference.

Studying Creativity and Change Leadership gives me the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide healthy problem solving environments. Co-creative environments in which people can flourish, everyone can join equally, confidence and joy in creating grow, and beautiful outcomes naturally follows.

I am becoming a “creative environmentalist”. You too?

Want to know more about Carian’s work, visit her website www.carean.nl


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