Creative Emergence Newsletter
  November 2008
In This Issue
Creative Organizations
PTC Conference
Google's Project
Co-creating Partners
Not Woo-Woo
Creativity Network Event
Top 10 Creative Careers
Our Services
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We now have the dates for the Creativity in Business Conference - October 8th & 9th, 2009 - Thursday and Friday. Save the dates! Details and web registration coming in the new year.  For more happenings on the horizon - as well as various thoughts about things creative (and decidedly not woo-woo) - read on! 

Have a warm, fun and all-around great Thanksgiving!


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24 Characteristics of Creative Organizations
This is not meant as an exhaustive list - just the tip of the iceberg.
1.  balance planning with improvising

2.  use the unknown as a resource (do not avoid it)
3.  creativity is a core value
4.  creativity is a organizational discipline; an ongoing process;
     a mindset
5.  time and attention are dedicated to "practicing" creative process
     until it becomes embedded in the system
6.  flexible, limited organizational structures
     combined with intensive interaction
7.  room for exploration and discovery without judgment
8.  act upon intuition and "resonance" as well as logic
9.  employ real-time feedback loops and adapt accordingly
10.  mistakes and failures are seen as invitations to improve, grow or create
11.  hold organizational tension, cognitive dissonance and natural resistance
12.  engage paradox - engages opposing or differing "truths" and view points to without
       needing to boil them down to the lowest common denominator
Click here for more.
Improv for Sustainability ~ Nov 8-9 at the Green Festival 
I will be leading a light-hearted session entitled Improvisation for Creating a Sustainable Future either Saturday at 2:30 or Sunday at 3:00 (Time TBA - check their website in a few days) at Wholeness for Humanity's Environmental Conference nestled within the DC's Green Festival. In this lively and interactive session, we'll use improvisational theater principles and practices to discover, co-create and enACT visions for a sustainable future.
Peace Through Commerce Conference in DC ~ Nov 13-15
We are excited to be involved with the upcoming PTC conference! Representatives from academia, civil society, and public policy think tanks will convene with business and political leaders at George Washington University for this event, designed to illuminate and celebrate the powerful role ethical commerce plays in promoting peace, and to expand an emerging multi-sector alliance to advance the theory and practice of Peace Through Commerce. Increased economic freedom enhances the climate for business, leading to opportunities for local entrepreneurs, higher rates of job creation, and greater prosperity. Research has proven peace is good for business, thus promoting a virtuous cycle of investment and enterprise advancing peace, and peace advancing investment and enterprise. Come connect with innovative thought leaders in various fields; learn more about the framework and pioneering practices and that are changing the business landscape to one that serves people, profit and planet; and stimulate creative ideas for your own work or business; and explore collaboration. Leave inspired and part of something larger than yourself - generative and gaining momentum! For more information go to
To register
go to
Google's Project 10 to the 100
Based on research that shows what the mystical traditions have always espoused - "the only thing that increases individual happiness over time is helping other people" - Google has designed a lucrative project that marries creativity, service and financial support. Project 10tothe100 is a project is call for innovative ideas that will change the world by helping as many people as possible. You think of the idea, and Google will fund launching it.  It is based on numbers - how many people your idea can serve. I love it...viral stewardship...check it out at
New "BizPartners" Collaboration Service!
We have a new package called BizPartners Co-creative Coaching. It emerged based on request and now is part of our service offerings. It's Creative Emergence specifically coaching for 2-5 Business Partners or Project Collaborators - whether you work for the same company or are  independent solo-preneurs. It is for partners who want - or need - to collaborate and co-create in their work. Call to see if this is right for you. 
The End of Creativity as Woo-Woo in Business
I looked up the word 'woo-woo' and found the following definitions: other than rational or scientific; mysterious; pseudoscientific; emotion-based beliefs and explanations; unrealistic; spiritualism.

Anyone who tries to bring in new, different, creative approaches - especially those that are fun - into the work place runs the risk of being seen as woo-woo. This is not without merit as there are always those who came before, wearing a propeller hat and blinking tie, asking people get up and dance like a chicken. No wonder creativity in business has a bad rap. When approached without consciousness, relevance and groundedness, it is often not taken seriously, let alone seen as the core driver for success. The myth of creativity as something to do "on the side when you have time" becomes perpetuated unless it is integrated into something real...with real meaning...and in a way that is accessible.

Click here for the rest of the article (a perfect segue into the next Capitol Creativity Network presentation).
Creativity as the Key Driver for Profit ~ Nov 12 at CCN
We sponsor CCN, a special interest group that meets monthly in Washington, DC, to explore all facets of creativity - from business to the arts to the scientific. Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 12. Pioneering Marketing Navigator, Jeremy Epstein, will be leading a fun, interactive session on creativity in marketing and business entitled Creativity as the Key Driver for Profit.  Go to to sign up for our monthly announcements email (with program descriptions), and join our Yahoogroups Listserve. We also have an online Facebook Group for anyone.

Remember to save December 10th for the CCN Holiday Party. Author of  A Whole New Mind, Dan Pink, will be there talking about his new book, The Adventure of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need, followed by a panel of DC's social media pioneer-guru-creators moving and shaking the world of work and social networking with their innovative new technologies and ways of engaging. Got questions on this emerging world that is impacting all of our work and lives? You'll definitely be in the right place to have them answered. Jeremy will be back to join the fun as well.
Top 10 Creative Freelance Careers
According to's article on Following Your Artistic Passion to Find Business Success
the top 10 creative freelance careers are: (1) Scrapbook Design Consultant (2) Specialty Freelance Writer (3) Color Consultant (4) Waterscapes Design Consultant (5) Real Estate Marketing Consultant (6) Social Media Consultant (7) Event Coordinator (8) Jewelry Designer and Buying Consultant (9) Graphic Artist (10) Play Consultant: "You consult companies on how to use play and creative thinking in brainstorming events to engage employees and solicit better ideas. Play consultants also advise on how to use fun as a way to de-stress overworked, burned-out employees."
Creative Building Pictures
Check out FUNNIEPICTUREZ to see amazing painted buildings.
Our Services
The Center for Creative Emergence is a creativity consulting, training and 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, corporations and non-profits. CEO Michelle James has a mission to "mainstream" creativity and engage people into their full humanness for innovative work, positive social change and consciously creating a life-giving future.

Our Services include emergent strategy consulting, corporate and public workshops, creativity training, Creative Emergence coaching, ideation facilitation, professional development and somatic (body-centered) programs, conference presentations, creativity events and Quantum Leap Business Improv.

Coaching Clients include Entrepreneurs who want to develop their signature approach, products and services, or future story; Leaders who want to draw out and focus the creativity of their work force; Pioneers who are forging new territory and breaking new ground in their field; Partners and Teams who want to optimize their collective intelligence for new solutions and directions.

Organizational Clients have included GEICO, Kaiser Permanente, Inova Health System, Cable & Wireless, National Institutes of Health, World Bank, Invest Northern Ireland, Service Employee International Union, Search for Common Ground, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Telos Corporation and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters among others.

Our Blog is The Fertile Unknown at
Phone: 703-760-9009

Quotes for the road...
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." ~ Albert Einstein

"The things we fear most in organizations - fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances - are the primary sources of creativity." ~ Margaret J. Wheatley

"Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations..." ~ Rollo May

"Create from more than just what you know." ~ Me ;-)
Save 10% 
New Client Holiday Coaching Special
If you have never tried Creative Emergence coaching, and have wanted to, now a great time to start. We are offering 5-week holiday special. If you schedule your appointment between November 15th and December 22nd, you will receive 10% off our new client rates on all packages. Best to schedule now as spaces are limited. Coupon can be emailed or printed and presented in person. Share the offer with friends and colleagues - this coupon is transferable to any new client. Get a jump start on the new year! Call 703-760-9009 for a free 30-minute consultation to see if this is for you or email for more information.
Offer Expires: December 22nd, 2008