|Capitol Creativity Network Meeting
Next meeting: Wednesday, February 14, 7:00-9:30 with Dr. Tom Goddard
A group which meets monthly to explore integral theory and practice. For more information contact Tom Goddard at tgoddard@
|Precipice Improv Performances
Precipice will be performing totally improvised plays starting in February.
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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. 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.
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 Myers:firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year! Last year was a year rich with
growth, change and connection for CCE and for me
personally. As I was reflecting back on the past
year, I was reminded of a powerful exercise I did
last year at
this time called 100 Blessings (I don't know who
originally developed it). Write down 100 things for
which you are
grateful. Don't stop at less than 100. Even if you
feel like you are running out of ideas, press on. By
commiting to the full 100 you can't help but feel
blessed...and discover some surprising themes and
May 2007 be your most generative year yet!
Conscious Creativity Teleclass
Unleashing and focusing your creativity toward creating "what's next" for you
Introducing an exciting new teleclass! This
teleclass will meet weekly for 5 weeks on
Thursdays starting Feb 22. I will be getting more
details out next week. First, I am taking a survey
to discover if 9-11am, 12-2pm, 3-5pm or 7-9pm works
best for people. If you have thoughts on that,
whether you will be talking the course or not,
please email me and let me know. Thanks!
Free Creativity Calendar
I am delighted to be one of the contributors
to the printable 2007 Creativity
Portal Calendar. The calendar is
now available to download for free.
Download Calendar Here
WORKSHOP: Integral Leadership in an Emergent World
January 27 - 10:00am-5:30pm (with good food!)
Presented by Michelle James & Tom
PhD, President of The
Integral Company and founding member of the
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 1/21. You will leave with:
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- 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
Real-time Web Painting
I love this web site!
When you get there, just click your
mouse to change colors, and get your Jackson
Pollack groove on! Your masterpieces are even printable.
I want to web paint!
The Call for Wisdom-Centered Visionaries
by Patricia DiVecchio and Michelle James
In these times of rapid change and opportunity a new
work frame of reference and state of being is needed
to excel. The core reference point: cultivating and
tapping wisdom. Wisdom is one of many emerging
‘powertools’ needed to create purposeful work that
is viable in the marketplace. Vision is another.
Together these create an unprecedented powerful
transformative force for positive change.
A wisdom-centered vision is aligned with a higher
purpose, which extends above and beyond oneself. It
is more than you – it works through you. It’s a new
‘all-encompassing’ frame of reference from which we
live our lives and do our work. It holds-up,
embraces, and supports a view of life and work that
is soulful and generative in nature...
This is part of an article by
President of International
and Michelle James, CEO of The Center for Creative
Click here for Article
From Competition to Cocreation
- and Back Sometimes
Expanding your playing field to be at choice
How do you approach working with others? What is
your resonant mode?
Competition - "I win if you lose."
Cooperation - "I will agree to go along with
you here, if you agree to go along with me here -
which might involve some compromise on both our
parts - a chipping-off sometimes."
Collaboration - "We work together in a way
that includes what is important to both of us and
without having to compromisen."
Cocreation - "We work together in a way that
includes what is important to both of us without
having to compromise AND we what
emerge is new, unexpected and greater than the sum
of our visions."
The boundaries between these modes, of course, are
permeable with overlaps. The key is that co-creation
can contain collaboration, cooperation, and even
competition under its umbrella, but competition
generally does not contain co-creation. By
consciously choosing to expand to a co-creative
framework, our playing
field opens up and we are at choice when to
compete, cooperate, collaborate, or co-create -
instead of doing only one of the modes on autopilot.
Every time we expand our habitual paradigm or
mental playing field, new choices, options and
possibilities open up. New interpersonal dynamics
are possible. We do not have to negate one way of
being to embrace another. By, to use an improv
term, "yes-anding" each mode, we have creative
choice on how we want to work. We can move in and
out of different modes fluidly in a way
that serves the
purpose we are working toward rather than be
"boxed by habit" into only one or two approaches.
One of the things I value most about the
principles of improvisation is they establish an
environment for lively co-creation. Within that larger
container, participants have choices which other
modes to engage at any given time, based on
relevance within purpose...setting a fertile ground
from which creative ingenuity can
A Child's Creativity
For the creator in all of us...
2-minute Creativity Video
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