Safety and risk.
Creating something new is as much attractive as it can be a little uncomfortable. The discomfort arises from the need to change and for adaptation and the uneasy sense of uncertainty. When we are threatened, we would go for solutions with greater certainty of success and these tend to be the tried and tested.
So, for creativity to have a start, there needs to be sense of safety that allows for risk to be taken.
In a situation where there is a sense of control and ownership, there is more likely to be a sense of safety and thus better suited for creativity. We could say that intrinsic motivation is important for creativity.
Operating under threat and not being risk-averse are quite different. Perhaps when the threat is greater than the risk of failing, creativity will be forced to come to the fore.
IMHO is a series of short pieces consolidating some of my thoughts at the moment. This is part of a series about creativity sparked off by my work on the TIM-BUG-tool. Please do reach out to me to find out more about my creativity workshop.