Creative Emergence Newsletter
June 2009
In This Issue
Whole Brain Facilitation
Creativity Tweets
Creativity in Biz Conf.
Dynamic Tension
Creativity Network
Interviews and Gigs
Thoughts and Quotes
Hi everyone! Just a reminder to mark your calendars for October 4th, the day of our Creativity in Business Conference. The web site - and registration info - will up by July 1. Also, I'm offering an all new workshop on Whole Brain Facilitation starting July 7 - info on both is below.

For other creativity and innovation newsletters, visit creativity colleague Robert Alan Black's website - he complied a great list at

Happy summer!


PS. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter and join our Capitol Creativity Network group online.
NEW! Whole Brain Facilitation Evening Workshop ~ July 7-28
4 week program! Meeting 3 Thursdays in a row from 6:30 -9:00pm in McLean, VA, followed by a follow-up phone teleclass on the 4th Thursday
Earlybird discount through June 25th!

Join the creativity training revolution! This workshop is for professional facilitators, trainers, OD practitioners, coaches, consultants and anyone who wants to facilitate creativity, dynamic learning and positive culture change. Explore techniques to get your creative juices flowing, draw forth your natural gifts as a facilitator, explore the applications of the tools, have fun and think and respond spontaneously. Learn key creative facilitation principles, creativity training design guidelines, and a variety of fun, engaging whole brain approaches to design and facilitate innovative learning environments. Leave with creative activities for icebreakers, energizers, creativity and innovation, team building and navigating change. Earlybird discount through June 25th!

More info and registration at
Creativity Tweets
The following are a few of the "tweets" I posted since the last newsletter related to creativity, creative leadership and transformation:

1. The SHIFT's top 60 Evolutionary Leaders to follow on Twitter -
2. Famous Failures video - "If you've never failed, you've never lived" -
3. Fast Company blog's 25 Most Creatve People in Business -
4. The Valuable Inconvenience of Leadership by Jean Lipman-Blumen -
5. Fast Company's 13 top creative cities -
6. What is the opposite of play? It isn't work, it's depression! by Stuart Brown -
7. 31 ways to get inspired by the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur -
8. Conscious Capitalism in Action - at Sounds True -
9. 50 Ways to Think Creatively - on my blog -
10. In Pursuit of Creative Elegance: 12 Tips by Matthew May -
11. TED Commandments - 10 rules every speaker should know -
12. The 10 Questions Every Change Agent Must Answer - Harvard Biz Pubs. -

Visit me on Twitter @CreatvEmergence
Creativity in Business Conference ~ Sneak Peek Slide Show
The conference website is not quite up yet, but you can take a look at this short slide presentation to get a sneak peek at some of what to expect at our Creativity in Business conference on Sunday, October 4th. There is still more to emerge, but this will give you and idea of where we are so far. We have some great break-out sessions and some truly inspiring and fascinating thought leaders on the panels. Save the date on your calendar! We're also excited to partner with to offer an Arts & Biz Service auction at our event - all proceeds from that auction will go to Project Create. Conference: 9am-5pm. Festival/Reception: 5-7:30pm

Conference Slide Show:
Dynamic Tension and the Third Way
There is a dynamic tension between what is, and has been, and what is emerging - what is calling to be created into the world. Businesses are facing that as the old models are no longer working in this new culture. And the new ones have yet to be created. This is a fertile, rich time in the "in-between" because it means we get to be on the edge of conscious creativity. A space has opened up for exploration, experimentation, real-time feedback and modification. We get to create and "play with" what is next...

To read the rest of the article, go to
Capitol Creativity Network Meeting ~ July 8
On July 8, we are delighted that business storyteller, Michael Margolis, will be coming back to his old DC stomping grounds from the Big Apple to present a fantastic session at CCN on Brand Story Mojo: How Stories Shape and Re-Create Brand Perceptions. Michael is President and Founder of Thirsty-Fish Story and Strategy.

Learn more about his work at
Other Recent and Upcoming Events
In April, I was on a panel at ConvergenceDC hosted by Rasul Sha'ir, CEO of Vosica. See the short video of the event here. The theme was the convergence of business, culture and technology. Click here to see the video of the event.

On June 9th I was one of 10 women business owners to present at the Creatives DC event at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - the theme was women who used their creativity to create their businesses. Go to to learn more about CreativesDC and their upcoming events.

On July 1st, I will be the presenter at the Dante Netconnecting Luncheon in Reston, speaking on creativity as the driver for navigating the new business paradigm, and leading a speed networking section so bring your business cards. This is an open event. Click here for more details. 
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 emergence consulting, corporate and public workshops, creativity training, Creative Emergence coaching, ideation and crowdsourcing 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

My Random Thoughts on Creativity
Creativity is to innovation what oil is the Tinman  

I look forward to the day when art and recess are mainstreamed as the essential part of a
creative working culture that they really are

With every creative Yes there comes a series of life-giving No's - discerning what something is not is important when cultivating what it is

Creativity does not pick's there in equal abundance for all, waiting to be cultivated and expressed in our individually unique ways

Would love to see an org. job title, Chief DreamGiver and a department with the focus on helping employees achieve their dreams

Quotes for the Road
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh ~ W. H. Auden

New is the new old ~ @jtwinsor's Twitter post

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation ~ Plato