Creative Emergence Newsletter
November 2009
In This Issue
Videos & Photos
Conference Recaps
Project Create DC
Presenter Interviews
Dan Pink Event
Creativity Network
Our Services
Hi everyone!

Normally our newsletter goes out every 4-8 weeks. Because of the Oct. 4 conference and this (late) follow-up, there will be 2 newsletters coming out this month only: this one with a focus on the conference, and a second one soon in our regular format - a more general creativity-in-business focus with articles, ideas, creative events, resources, etc.

The Creativity in Business Conference was, thankfully, a life-giving event that exceeded our best hopes! I'm hugely grateful to all who supported and participated in this event - so many giving and creative souls who helped create a unique, vibrant, stimulating, interconnected, cross-pollinating, whole-brained day of emergence. Thank you so much!

You can read some recaps, see picture galleries and 2 video-montages below. There will also be the conference video coming soon - still in editing mode.

The Center is offering some post-conference services and events - some in the works (based upon what people said they would like to see) and some of our established offerings.
Also, our next live event is with DC's own Dan Pink! More on these updates below and in the next newsletter.

I am thrilled about the changing times we're in where creativity is increasingly being valued as an essential part of the business (and life) landscape! Big YES to that!


Creativity in Business Conference 
Video Montages and Photo Galleries

Both of these video montages capture different aspects of the day beautifully - and it takes less than 7 minutes to watch both! SO worth it  :-)

(1) 3.44 minute video montage by Alexander Morozov of Photography by Alexander:

> Video Montage 1

(2) 3.14 minute video montage by Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber of Shinyheart Ventures:

> Video Montage 2

Also worth
checking out both galleries to get the full effect.

(3) Photo gallery from Alexander Morozov of Photography by Alexander - FREE downloads:

> Photo Gallery 1

(High rez fee-based option here)

(4) Photo gallery from Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber of Shinyheart Ventures
- FREE downloads:

> Photo Gallery 2
Some Blog Recaps of the Conference 

From Mike Bonifer, author of GameChangers

> Mike's write-up

From Jennifer Lee, creator of the Right Brain Business Plan

> Jennifer's write-up

From Anna Ottman of Creatuitive Coaching

> Ana's write up

Conference Gratitude Shout-outs

Huge thanks to the following who contributed to the conference's aliveness:

Teratech (conference web development), Timothy Flatt Studio (conference graphic design), Center for Digital Imaging Arts (conference venue), Riding the Wave (conference food), Associated Producers (conference videographer), Mie N Yu restaurant (festival appetizers), Photography by Alexander (conference photographer/storyteller), Ecoprint (conference printer), Shinyheart Ventures (conference digital storyteller), Integral Company, Brandwithin, Thoughtlead, OnPoint Strategies and AssociationExecs.

Presenters and Panelists:
Paul Scheele, Stan Gryskiewicz, Brian Robertson, Win Wenger, Mike Bonifer, Larry Blumsack, Ira Koretsky, Gail Taylor, Michael Margolis, Jennifer Lee, Russ Schoen, Jeff Klein, Sam Horn, Jennifer Abernethy, Frank Gruber, Jen Consalvo, Sam Rosen, Jesse Thomas, comedienne Vanda Mikoloski, and improvisational violinist extraordinaire Anthony Hyatt.

Conference Team (who all worked in credibly hard to make it all flow "effortlessly"): Bill Chenaille (venue), Tya Bolton (logistics and coordination), Veronica Adams (food), Diane Cline (graphic recording), Rasul Sha'ir (soundscape design), Monisha Mittal, Halelly Azulay, Mimi Malfitano, Karen Rugg, Hawah, Janice Brown, Kristy Simmons, Barbara Halpern and Annie Hopson.

All those who donated books, poster, and t-shirts for our give-away; to those who donated their works of art and business services to the silent auction; to David Fogal for the speaker, and to Jen and Frank for the Thankfulfor interactive display.

And special thanks to the participants who trusted us with their day...and to the infinite, life-giving, self-organizing, ever-generative wellspring we call Creativity :-)
I am passing along a big THANK YOU from Project Create DC to all who donated or purchased art and business services at the conference silent auction! All of your generous proceeds went to helping provide art training & supplies to DC's inner city children in transitional housing who otherwise could not afford them. You all rock!
Creativity in Business Thought Leader Interviews
There are several more interviews of conference presenters on  blog. Each week, I'm interviewing one of the conference presenters as part of a Creativity in Business Thought Leader Series. 8 interviews are up with more to come. Check back each week for a new interview on creativity in business, the emerging paradigm of work, and creative leadership. Click here for the list of all of the interviews with links.
Dan Pink Event in the New Year
Early heads-up: super excited that Dan Pink will be joining us for a sure-to-be-awesome event in the new year (late Feb-early March - waiting to hear back from venue about the date) talking about his NEW book, DRiVE, due out January 21. After his talk, we'll enter some experiences to further engage his intrinsically creative concepts :-)
Post Conference Offerings
After the conference, I received several calls from participants who were inspired, delighted, and motivated...and thirsty for more - most common request was that future conferences be longer than one day. (Still wrapping my head around the logistics for that one ;-) And I received calls form those who missed the event, and wanted to know other options.

So...we're emerging some different pathways to continue the journey, each a different type of engagement  for a different type of need, and of course have some existing options as well. These are still forming and will be explained in more detail future emails (such as teleclasses, mini-events, workshops, products, Thought Leader forums...).

Creativity in Business Coaching Special 
10% Discount through Thanksgiving

In the meantime, I am offering a Post-Conference Creativity in Business Coaching Special through Thanksgiving for those who want to take the learnings, experiences and inspirations from the conference to the next level.

Or, for those who missed the event but still want to develop your unique (differentiating) signature approach, products, events, services, programs or workshops; unleash more of your creativity within your work or business; make your creativity-centered business or programs accessible to the business/corporate audience (while still maintaining your own voice); develop a purpose-centered, income-generating business that expresses their creativity and passion and serves a greater good. This special also goes for repeat clients.

10% OFF for anyone who signs up for coaching before Thanksgiving Day. It starts with a complimentary 30-minute consultation to see if the creative emergence whole-brain approach resonates with you. For more information, email and put "Coaching Special" in the subject line.

Next Capitol Creativity Network Event

On Wednesday, November 11, join us as Kimberly Rattley, CEO of Creative Synergy Solutions, presents Leadership Theater: Using the Principles and Practices of Playback Theater for more Clarity, Connection and Creativity as a Leader. 7:00-9:30. Cleveland Park Club House in Washington, DC. $20 at the door. For more info on CCN or directions, go to

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/conferences 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.

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Michelle James
Phone: 703-760-9009