• Integral Leadership in an Emergent World
  • Famous Last Words
  • Gathering of Emerging Leaders
  • Peace Through Commerce
  • Creativity: The Constant Invitation
  • Our Services
  • Waterfalls and the Brain

  • Capitol Creativity Network Meeting

    Next meeting: Wednesday, September 20. "Interplay: Creativity, Community, and Change"

    Usually we meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month, but this month it will be the 3rd Wednesday.

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    A group which meets monthly to explore integral theory and practice. For more information contact Tom Goddard at tgoddard@

    Gathering of Emerging Leaders

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    Peace Through Commerce

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    Creativity in Business Call-in Program

    I'm leading a monthly call-in show as part of's Ask-the-Expert Program. Next show: September 20.

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    Creativity in Business Listserve

    Open to anyone. A forum for exploration, discussion, ideation, collaboration, and sharing information on all things related to integrating creativity in any of its forms into business.

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    We're happy to be one of the DC founding members of Globond, an international networking - and more! - group based in Boston. For information, email founder Kirstin

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    The Center for Creative Emergence
    Information, Workshops & Events
    August 2006

    Greetings! We will be closing up shop next week for vacation. All emails and calls will be returned on Monday, August 28th. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    Integral Leadership in an Emergent World
    August 31 Workshop - 9:00am-5:00pm

    Presented by Michelle James & Tom Goddard, JD, PhD, President of The Integral Company and founding member of the Integral Institute.

    This workshop integrates the creativity-centered approaches of Creative Emergence with the comprehensive worldview of Integral Theory to create a robust working framework and new possibilities for today's leaders. We'll go beyond theory alone into personal embodiment and practical applications. We'll explore putting the integral approach into positive action for real-world results in an ever-changing, emergent world - applying the principles and practices in real time to professional and organizational challenges you and your clients face. Early bird discount through 8/21. You will leave with:

    • Basic tools for breakthroughs in work and life
    • Deeper connection to self/expanded perception of leadership
    • A transformed relationship to the context in which you lead
    • Discovery of your own creative solutions

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    Famous Last Words

    - "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." --Popular Mechanics, 1949.
    - "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication." --Western Union, 1876.
    - "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." --Decca Recording Co. of the Beatles, 1962.
    - "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." --Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
    - "You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy." --Drillers of Edwin L. Drake's project to drill for oil in 1859.
    - "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." --Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
    - "Everything that can be invented has been invented." --Charles Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
    - "Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction." --Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.
    - "The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon." --Sir John Eric Ericksen, Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873.
    - "640K ought to be enough for anybody." --Bill Gates, 1981.

    Click to "Famous Last Words" on my blog for more

    Gathering of Emerging Leaders
    September 10-15; Omega Institute; Rhineback, New York

    Birthing a new cultural paradigm. In a collaborative learning community of integrenerational visionaries, change-makers and social architects from all fields this is an experiential journey to:

    • Connect to your authentic self & larger vision for our planet
    • Discover New Paradigm practices and models for Transformative Leadership
    • Explore ways to shift personal, group, & global consciousness
    • Deepen the connection between your inner work & outer work
    • Co-create powerful networks, projects, and communities to transform our world

    This holistic, dynamic, and celebratory gathering weaves together spiritual practices, socio-political concerns, body awareness, creative expression, ecological awareness, community-building, systemic change dialogue, improvisation, and visionary new science models into an emerging paradigm of transformative social change. I will be facilitating a session on Improvisation for Cultural Transformation.

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    Peace Through Commerce
    A Dynamic Participatory Event in DC. September 30th. 5:00-10:00pm

    You are invited to participate in a powerful global movement uniting the worlds of business, service and peace. Explore and celebrate the power of prosperity to promote peace in real time at this lively, intergenerational creative event featuring Michelle AVA & World Dance Dynamics, live music, multi-cultural food & beverage, facilitated speed networking (fun!), interactive multimedia installations, storytelling, dialogue & collaborative inquiry, and opportunities for action. Bring your business cards! $20 in advance. $30 at the door. Advanced registration highly recommended - this event is limited to 150 people and is filling up fast. Half the proceeds go to the PTC initiative and half go to community development efforts via Open World and Global Giving.

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    Creativity: The Constant Invitation

    Creativity makes the impossible possible by creating a window, a threshold - the pathway - into what is possible and what is next. It transforms perceived limitations into surprising opportunities. It frees us from our current realities and insists on new choices and multiples options. Creativity doesn’t pick favorites. It doesn’t leave anyone out on the sidelines. It gives unconditional regard, and the invitation to play, to all. It doesn’t care about job title, educational level, socioeconomic status, religious belief or cultural background. It is there, in infinite availability, for all to indulge, shape, form and mold.

    Creativity is the thread that connects the previously disconnected - the bond that unifies that which was divided. It makes the internal external, the imagined real, and the dreamed actualized. Creativity is what brings concepts and passions and soul-stirrings to life.

    It bridges and transcends worlds. It solves problems, expands possibilities, heightens awareness, and animates life. Creativity is giving, nurturing, generative and expansive. It moves us towards more freedom and guides us into more of oursleves. It is a diplomat, a healer, a communicator, and a sage. The essence of being human, it invites us to be whole.

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    Our Services

    We offer a variety of services which include emergent strategy consulting, corporate and public workshops, creativity training, emergence coaching, ideation facilitation, professional development and wellness programs, conference presentations and Quantum Leap Business Improv. Our blog is The Fertile Unknown.

    Waterfalls and the Brain

    A couple of years ago I read a book written by a brain researcher who discovered how profoundly physical environments influence brain function. They would measure brain usage and activation in different environmental settings. From that research, they developed a spectrum of environmentally-influenced intelligence, ranging from most conducive to least. They found people were most creative - using more of their brain - next to rolling waterfalls, mainly due to charge of the negative ions in the air. In contrast, they were least stimulated into original thought in a room in an office building that has no windows, no natural air, and no natural lighting. Therefore, if you can't get to a waterfall, research suggests fountains are the next best thing in an office to get the creative juices flowing.

    To learn more about us:
    Visit the About Us page on our website.

    The Center for Creative Emergence is a business creativity and innovation consulting and emergence coaching company dedicated to integrating inspired creativity, meaning, organizational culture and business for a happier and more productive work life and richer business bottom line. We've helped cultivate breakthrough thinking and applied creative expression for entrepreneurs, teams and organizations with diverse missions such as GEICO Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, Invest Northern Ireland, Inter-American Foundation.

    phone: 703-760-9009
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