Great question. One of the things I talk about in the book is that this creative curve phenomenon, it happens at an individual level, a group level, and a population level. And so what this means is when we talk about things being labeled creative, it doesn’t have to be labeled so by mainstream culture. For something to be labeled creative it has to be accepted. But it doesn’t matter the group size.
When I started this job, a lot of people I knew seemed to worry that I would disconnect from society and become a grumpy old hermit. I suppose that, knowing me, it was a valid concern—I was more than halfway to “get off my lawn” already—but things just didn’t play out that way, despite my grumpy old man tendencies. YMMV.