Creative Emergence Newsletter
 April 2009
In This Issue
FREE Teleclass
Creativity Tweets
Creativity Books
Interviews and Gigs
Creativity Network
Our Services
Quotes for the Road
Hi everyone! Well, we finally have a date and venue for our Creativity in Business Conference: the weekend of October 3rd and 4th at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Georgetown. We received so much positive feedback about the venue at our Capitol Creativity Network holiday party, that we hoped we could secure it for a longer event...and we got it! We're working on the web site now - should be up and functioning on before the next newsletter.

Twitter: After debating its relevance for a while, I recently joined the Twitter revolution. Visit me at CreatvEmergence. More thoughts on that are in this email.

Other news: excited to welcome Microsoft as a new client. I lead an Improv for Leaders program at their leadership retreat outside Seattle for 50 of their senior leaders - had a great time! Also, have been accepted to write a regular column at In fact, it was my first article there that elicited the initial call from Microsoft. More news and events are below. Happy spring!


PS. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter and join our Capitol Creativity Network group online.
FREE Evolutionary Marketing Teleclass! 4/21 at 8:00pm EST
The Center for Creative Emergence is delighted to team up with Culture51 to offer this teleclass

On this call, our project partner, Sam Rosen of Culture 51, will introduce you to a revolutionary new way to grow your business called Evolutionary Marketing. You'll learn how to:
> Create such a unique "imprint" in the marketplace that people naturally become interested in what you're doing and feel deeply passionate about your work
> Spread a "meme" that effects change in culture and  grows your business at the same time
> Make a bigger impact online by using an Evolutionary Marketing Strategy, which unites tried-and-true practices with cutting-edge technologies
> Leave the call with real tools you can start using immediately to make a bigger impact and bring in more money
> And more!

More info and registration at

Creativity Tweets
I just joined Twitter a few weeks ago...still discovering my groove there. I'm slowly learning how to extract the relevance amidst a sea of posts like "In Starbucks now, deciding if I drink caffeine or decaf today." Life's too short - someone's coffee choice is not where my aliveness is. The need for discernment on Twitter is high.

With that said, I find that I am connecting with some fascinating people I otherwise would not know, and finding some resonant information that IS of interest: people, ideas, events, articles, emerging trends, etc. And, it is opening up the world of social media at exponential speed. By following some of the new media/social media gurus in the real-time platform that is Twitter, I find myself knowing about the cutting edge applications and technologies (admittedly, not how to actually use them) that help me connect the dots of what's creatively emerging & how that will impact our world.

Here are 5 Tweets related to creativity I found by being on Twitter:

1. Corporate Creativity Recruiting on the rise -
2. HATCHing creative minds -
3. Making ideas happen: The 99% Conference -
4. List of characteristics of online life (Gen F vs. Fortune 500) -
5. Must-watch TED video - MediaLab's Pattie Maes - The Sixth Sense -

Oh, and I revised an older article (new to you new subscribers) I had written on Whole Brain Thinking in Business (and tweeted about it :-) Link to the article:

Visit me on Twitter @CreatvEmergence
Creativity in Business Books - YOUR Favorites
Last issue, I recommended 5 creativity books. I asked for YOUR recommendations for this issue. The results are in. Here are your Top 10.
I have read 9 out of 10 of them and agree with having them on this list.

1. A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink (the crowd favorite - and he's local!)
2. The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
3. The Artist's Way at Work by Julia Cameron
4. How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci by Michael Gelb
5. Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
    by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
6. Orchestrating Collaboration at Work by Arthur VanGundy and Linda Naiman
7. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
8. The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO by Tom Kelley
9. Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius by Michael Michalko
10.Think Better: An Innovator's Guide to Productive Thinking by Tim Hurson
On February 10th I lead a teleclass on Creativity for Coaches for the "Coaching Women as Leaders" group of the CoActive Coaching Network. Click here to hear the recording.

On February 14th I was on the Jennifer Crews radio show, Get Intuit talking about Creative Emergence Principles and Practices in Coaching. Click here for the recoding. Unfortunately, the were MAJOR technical difficulties...if you listen skip the first 15 minutes entirely - all broken up.

Organizational Storytelling Conference ~ April 16-18
On April 18th, I will be facilitating an experiential integration session at the Organizational Story Weekend - annual weekend of organizational storytelling events in Washington DC. The events include: INTRODUCTION TO STORYTELLING, April 16; STORYTELLING AND HIGH-PERFORMANCE TEAMS, April 17, Golden Fleece Day - ALL DAY WORKSHOPS AT THE 4H CENTER, April 18.

Convergence 2009 ~ April 23
On April 23rd, I will be on the panel at the Convergence '09 event in Georgetown at 7:00pmEST. We'll explore the emerging trends within business, culture and technology and how to leverage them creatively for new opportunities. The evening will wrap up with a Crowdsourcing segment - with the audience having fun, sharing ideas, and learning from one another.

Learning and Creativity DoubleFest ~ May 16
On May 16th, I will be facilitating a totally new workshop session at the Project Renaissance Learning and Creativity Double Festival entitled "Yes And...AND Beyond: An in depth exploration and experience of this generative universal creative principle in action." We'll be exploring the deeper implications; it's connection to nature, the brain, and creative process; and experience new and exciting FUN applications that you can use with any group...or on your own.
Capitol Creativity Network Meeting ~ April 8
On April 8, we are excited to have author, speaker, consultant and founder of, Seth Kahan, present a creative session on  none other than Visionary Leadership. Seth is the author of the Fast Company blog, Leading Change, as well as the book, Building Beehives: A Handbook for Creating Communities That Generate Returns.
Seth is known for both intelligent, creative content and his exceptional storyelling and presenting syle. Learn more about Seth here. And, we're doubly blessed because Diane Cline of Over the Horozon Consulting will be doing a graphic recording of this exciting session, adding yet another creative dimension!

Also, Michael Strong, co-founder of FLOW with John Mackey (CEO of Whole Foods), has generously donated a copy of his latest book for our give-away: Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the Word's Problems. Aligned with out own mission, it's about new paradigm for business: solutions emerging at the interactions of business, service, meaning, creativity and innovation among other things. I'm reading it now and highly recommend it!
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 Microsoft, GEICO, Kaiser Permanente, Inova Health System, Cable & Wireless, National Institutes of Health, The World Bank, Invest Northern Ireland, Service Employee International Union, Search for Common Ground, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters among others.

Blog: is The Fertile Unknown at
Twitter: CreatvEmergence
Michelle James
Phone: 703-760-9009

Quotes for the road...
"Who chooses to compete with another can also choose to play with another." ~ James P. Carse

"Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable." ~ Carl Jung

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

"When the going gets tough, the tough get creative!" ~ Me :-)