In this issue...
Creativity in Work
7 Improv Principles
Integral Leadership
Google's Slogans
Hafiz Poem
Creativity Teleclass
Services
About Us
Capitol Creativity Network Meeting
3/14: Accessing Your Creative Abilities and  Creative Power

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Storytelling in Business & Orgs Conference
May 5

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Learning & Creativity Double Festival
May 18-20

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Globond-DC Brunch
May 31

Empowering Your Vision

For questions, email kirstin@globond.com or call 857.222.9343
CPSI Creativity Conference
June 24-29

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Creative Emergence Newsletter
Articles, Workshops, Events
March 2007
Greetings! We have brought back two well-received programs this month, Creativity-in-Work and Integral Leadership. A bit later, we will be introducing our new website, along with new products, teleclasses and events. Our Quantum Leap Improv has been taking off in the past few months. To continue the trend, I am excited to collaborate on an improv-centered personal development project with Paul Scheele of Learning Strategies; welcome NIH as a new client taking a chance with an Improvisation for an Innovative Culture program; and have Improvisation for Leaders part of the curriculum in The Center for Non-Profit Management leadership training. I think we are only beginning to tap the surface the power of improv as a transformative force - see my article below. Have a great spring!
 
Warmly,
Michelle
 
Creativity-in-Work Development Program
Professional and Personal Development Program. Starts 3/30

This program is about creating new patterns that allow real movement, change and new outcomes to occur. It is about actively engaging your creative process in real time, going beyond what you know, and stepping into your bigness. It is about expanding the playing field beyond habitual ways of thinking and being for unprecedented levels of achievement and meaning. It is for those who genuinely are ready for something new, practical and successful to emerge within their work. And it is about having a creative time doing it! :-) Early bird discount through March 14.

7 Improv Principles for Creativity and Cultural Transformation

The principles of improvisation have a much larger implication than just performance - they have the ability to create the life-giving container for cognitive, personal, organizational, social, political, and spiritual transformation. I see them as rules of engagement for a more peaceful, co-generative, co-creative, sustainable world.
Integral Leadership in an Emergent World
One-day workshop. 10:00-5:30. Saturday 3/24

Presented by Michelle James and
Tom Goddard, JD, PhD, President of The Integral Company and founding member of the Integral Institute. This workshop integrates creativity-centered approaches of 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 - applying principles and practices in real time to professional challenges you and your clients face. Early bird discount through March 15
 

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Google's Slogans of Innovation

Got 25-50 minutes? If so, watch this video of Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Product and User Experience at Google. She is at Stanford University giving a talk on the Slogans of Innovation and the creative entrepreneurial spirit at Google. The video is 50 minutes, with the first half on their philosophies and the second half Q&A. It's worth watching to hear the descriptions of these slogans in-action in their discovery-centered culture:

1. Ideas come from everywhere
2. Share everything you can
3. You're brilliant.  We're hiring.
4. A license to pursue dreams
5. Innovation is not instant perfection
6. Data is a-political
7. Creativity loves constraint
8. Users, not money
9. Don't kill projects. Morph them.

 
Hafiz Poem

I found this poem entitled In a Handful of God, by Hafiz, the 14th century Persian poet, to speak beautifully of the infinite richness of the fertile unknown - the place within us filled and alive with pure creative potential, just waiting to be cultivated and enacted out into the world. We tend to busy ourselves with distractions to avoid this unknown because we fear there is nothing in the void. Yet the "empty void" is actually not empty - it's the life-giving, vibrant, fertile soil of invention, innovation, creative expression, wisdom, transformation, play and all things visionary.

Poetry reveals that there is no empty space.
When your truth forsakes its shyness,
When your fears surrender to your strengths,
You will begin to experience
That all existence
Is a teeming sea of infinite life.
In a handful of ocean water
You could not count all the finely tuned
Musicians
Who are acting stoned
For very intelligent and sane reasons
And of course are becoming extremely sweet
And wild.
In a handful of the sky and earth,
In a handful of God,
We cannot count
All the ecstatic lovers who are dancing there
Behind the mysterious veil.
True art reveals there is no void
Or darkness.
There is no loneliness to the clear-eyed mystic
In this luminous, brimming
Playful world.

Conscious Creativity Teleclass moved back

I will be offering the Conscious Creativity teleclass in conjunction with our new web launch later this spring. Stay tuned...
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.

  About Us

The Center for Creative Emergence is a 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 a richer bottom line. We cultivate breakthroughs and emergence with entrepreneurs, teams and organizations. CEO Michelle James has a mission to "mainstream" creativity and engage people into their full humanness for generative work, positive social change and consciously creating a life-giving future.

Web:  
www.creativeemergence.com
Email:  michelle@creativeemergence.com
Phone: 703-760-9009