Douglas Lonie

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Douglas lonie

tialt co-director

What’s your role at 64 Million Artists and what do you love most about it?

I am co-director of tialt – there is an alternative. We focus on developing creative and inclusive approaches to social research. We are working with 64 Million Artists over three years to develop research projects and help to understand the impact of the organisation’s work supporting people to be more creative in work and life (if these are separate things!) 



What is your favourite way to get creative?

For me creativity is all about collaboration. I always find I can get ideas to a certain point but when I collaborate with amazing colleagues, clients and friends we support each other to take our thinking to the next level. This may also stem from my time in an indie-pop band in Glasgow in the mid 00s, where some of my ideas came alive through collaboration, and others, thankfully, died an appropriate death. 



Why is creativity important to you?

Having researched creativity and identity for nearly 20 years I know it’s important not just to me, but to the world. Multiple creativities are at play in our lives every day in terms of how we make sense of ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Whether in art, science, public policy or any other field, more time and space for creativity is the only way we’ll solve the massive complex problems we continue to face.