|UPCOMING CREATIVE EVENTS WE ARE FACILITATING,
CO-CREATING OR SPONSORING:
|Improvisation for Leaders
We're offering a public program this summer on using the tools of improv theater for innovation, team engagement, and enhanced performance at the Center for Innovative Technology. Info: 703-760-9009.
|Capitol Creativity Network Meeting
Monthly at the Cleveland Park Club House. For more info. visit the CCN web site or email us.
|Conscious Entrepreneurs and Creatives Gathering
We're delighted to be one of CEC's co-sponsors. For more info. contact founder Charlie Frohman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Next gathering Sat., September 9.
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|Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network (MAFN) Meeting
I'll be presenting "Creative Facilitation Using Improv 2" this Friday, May 19.
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|Creativity in Business Call-in Program
I'm leading a monthly call-in show as part of WomensCommunity.com's Ask-the-Expert Program.
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|Integral Emergence Development Program
We're teaming up w/Tom Goddard of The Integral Company to put on a prof. dev. program based on integral theory & creative emergence. Starts Oct. 13.
|Creativity and Soul Teleclass
We're co-creating a soulful teleclass w/Anita Law of Power of Our Way and Conscious Dialogues. Starts in Sept.
We're happy to be one of the DC founding members of Globond, an intl. networking group based in Boston. Founder Kirstin Myers: email@example.com. Next DC event May 27.
The Center for Creative Emergence
Information, Workshops & Events
We live in a world of work driven by
information and left-brain logic. The CCE mission is to
infuse creativity, intuition and right-brain imagination
into that world. We're in the business of
mainstreaming creativity - weaving it into
work and business to transform current structures
and cultures into places of discovery, invention,
engagement, fun, service and co-creation.
To that end, we have some exciting new programs
we're introducing and others on the nearby horizon.
We're also looking for a permanent physical space
(conducive to moving around) to hang our shingle as
a Creativity and Innovation Center for organizational
off-site ideation sessions. Ideas on that are
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Creativity, by its nature, births into the world
something new. It is a naturally transformative
force. A process that has the potential to
unleash real creativity into a system, which results in
real change, will likely meet up with natural
resistance somewhere along the way.
There is something organic happening that goes
beyond "fear of risk taking." That's why simply talking
about risk taking doesn't make people risk-takers.
There is a ready-ing process - a preparing of a
system - for change that helps it go more smoothly.
Natural resistance is so named because it is an
organic force found throughout nature’s own creative
process. It serves as the organism's protection until
moment it outgrows its purpose. The bud’s resistance
to the bloom is felt most profoundly at the critical
point just before the flower is about to blossom –
that’s when the bloom feels the most resistance of
the bud up against it. The resistance of the shell to
the chick is felt more profoundly as the chick is
hatch – the chick has to break through the
resistance of the shell to be born into the world.
In nature, there is an embedded dynamic trajectory,
or life energy, that helps the process. At the
moment of birth, the chick’s momentum to be born is
stronger than the shell’s programming to protect.
Resistance becomes no match for the life that is
A similar resistance shows up in individuals, groups
and organizational systems as they seek to birth a
new vision, product, strategy, service or working
paradigm. The following are three of the many ways
to and navigate the terrain of natural resistance -
preparing the system for change:
1. Discover the dynamic trajectory - the
mission, purpose, intention, enthusiasm, life energy,
motivating directive - that is strong enough to move
through the accompanying resistance...and work
from that dynamic momentum. Every person, team
and organization has
an embedded collective intelligence that forms its
co-creative potential. Putting that into motion is a
powerful, generative force that enables change.
2. Learn to recognize and acknowledge natural
resistance as it shows up. Just as the bud is
and the egg is breakthrough-able, natural resistance
is ultimately maneuverable. It has a quality of
mutability no matter how much push-back it wields
at first. By acknowledging resistance as a part of the
judgement, people feel safer and less guarded, and it
loses much of its
3. Practice the non-habitual...habitually. By
consistently applying innovative techniques that
challenge people to think and act in unfamiliar ways
as part of the cultural norm, natural resistance
to change measurably reduces over time.
Creativity and Perception Workshop
Dr. Win Wenger, Founder of Project Renaissance and
author of The Einstein Factor and 30 other
creative thinking books, and I are co-creating a
one-day workshop in July on "Creative
Perception." We're working out the logistics and
send them out in the next newsletter.
Project Renaissance website
The Paradox of Creative Emergence
Creative Emergence weaves multiple creativity
methods, the natural process of emergence, and
intentional purpose together to design
what is next - whether is is a new business model,
strategy, method, system, workshop, product, way
interacting, or working paradigm. The creative
emergence process is paradoxical. It brings together
perceptions, approaches, and ways of thinking
that are not normally found together to set the
stage for new insights and solutions to
emerge. It includes:
- Unconventional methods to achieve practical
- Multiple dimensions of activity to achieve focused
- Methodically practicing spontaneous
- Going into the unfamiliar to better understand the
Creative Emergence Coaching
Creative Emergence Coaching is a
process that integrates the right and left
reflection and action, being and doing, knowledge
and discovery, analysis and expression,
intuition and logic, and strategy with
Who is this for? Entrepreneurs who want to
develop their signature approach, products
services; Leaders who want to draw
out and focus the creativity and innovation of their
work force; Pioneers who are forging new
and breaking new ground in their field; Aspiring
Integrators who have several seemingly
unrelated aspects of their work and talents and
seek to unify them into a coherent whole; and
Teams who want to optimize
their collective creative intelligence for new solutions
For a free 30-minute consultation to see if
this approach is right for you, call 703-760-9009.
The Fertile Unknown
Our blog, The
Fertile Unknown, explores the
that which is known and that which is emerging,
multiple dimensions of creativity and emergence, and
practical applications of creative process.
At CCE, we offer a variety of services which include
emergent strategy consulting, corporate and public
workshops and retreats, creative breakthrough
coaching, ideation facilitation, professional
development and wellness
programs, conference presentations and Quantum Leap Business Improv.
Thanks to Kris Northern for permission to use
his fractal artwork in this newsletter.
Found at www.phidelity.com.
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