• Conscious Creativity Teleclass
  • Free Creativity Calendar
  • WORKSHOP: Integral Leadership in an Emergent World
  • Real-time Web Painting
  • The Call for Wisdom-Centered Visionaries
  • From Competition to Cocreation
    - and Back Sometimes
  • A Child's Creativity
  • Our Services

  • Capitol Creativity Network Meeting

    Next meeting: Wednesday, February 14, 7:00-9:30 with Dr. Tom Goddard

    CCN website


    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.

    More Details and Schedule

    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.

    Click for Details

    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.

    Join listserve


    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:kirstin@globond.com

    Globond Events

    January 2007 Newsletter

    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 patterns.

    May 2007 be your most generative year yet!
    ~ Michelle

    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 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 1/21. 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

    More Info & Registration

    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 Patricia DiVecchio, President of International Purpose, Inc. and Michelle James, CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence

    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 our visions 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 thrive.

    A Child's Creativity

    For the creator in all of us...

    2-minute Creativity Video

    Our Services

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

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

    The Center for Creative Emergence is a business creativity consulting and Creative 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 emergence for entrepreneurs, teams and organizations with diverse missions such as GEICO Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, Invest Northern Ireland, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the World Bank.

    phone: 703-760-9009
    Email Marketing by