No it cannot. It must be unleashed.
We spend the majority of our lives having our creativity beat out of us.
- Factory grade schools with teachers shouting at daydreamers
- A society that preaches conformity and ignorance
- Bland professors afraid (or unable) to rock the boat
- Dull jobs that don't require real brainpower
These are all factors that cage our creativity.
Think back to childhood when a stick and a garden hose were fodder for hours of imagination-enabled entertainment.
To harness creativity you must unleash the imagination.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
~ Albert Einstein
Until you liberate your imagination, you'll never be creative. And creativity is the heart of innovation.