Creative Emergence Newsletter
January 2010
In This Issue
Creativity in Work
Improv & Complexity
Dan Pink Event
Tweet Links
Tweet Thoughts
What's Happening
Creativity Network
Our Services
Hi everyone!

Happy new year! We have some exciting things are in the works and I look forward to sharing them with you as they unfold over the year.

Please Note: the date for the Creativity in Work Program has been changed due to some scheduling issues. It moved from starting January 22 to February 12! There's still space available - see below.

Below you'll also find article links, creativity thoughts, news about upcoming events, and interviews - including a recent interview on the Creative Liberty blog. For those in the DC area, I hope you can join us tomorrow at the Capitol Creativity Network gathering.

Wishing you a juicy new year filled with creative aliveness - and your original voice expressed!


Creativity in Work 6-week Program
Professional & Personal Development Program - starts February 12th

4 Fridays, 9-5:  February 12, February 26, March 12 and March 26th ~
Plus 2 Coaching Sessions

"The Creativity-in-Work program took me further in just six weeks than individual counseling has taken me in the last ten years! Michelle is focused, purposeful, and unwavering in her commitment to help each of her clients reach their innermost potential. My business will launch in just a few short weeks because of the phenomenal experience Creative Emergence gave me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!"  ~ Denise Davenport, President of FaceTime Strategies, LLC

Kick off 2009 with a creative start! Use your creativity for your business bottom line and new work directions, strategies, innovations, projects, products or services. Develop a solid, structured framework of what you offer and your unique "signature". You'll use creative process with a rich integration of design thinking, improv, the arts, intuitive techniques, reflection tools, whole-brain methods, thinking, story and analytical and evaluative approaches to help you create what's next in your work. Whole-brain, whole-person engagement for practical results! Leave with a self-designed framework, set of strategic goals and an action and marketing plan; and the initial implementation of the plans...and have FUN doing it! You'll also experience a deeper connection with your Creative Self - the place in you that's your unique gift to the world. See your creativity and your work come to life! For complete details and registration go to Space is limited for maximum individualized attention and support. Earlybird discount rate good through January 31: $1100 ($150 off).
Article: Improvisational Theater and Complex Adaptive Systems

My most recent improv article builds on (yes-ands ;-) a previous article I wrote on Creative Collaboration: Lessons Learned from Improv Theater. The principles are the same, but the focus of this one adds the CAS lens - at

Dan Pink Event in Early Spring!

Dan Pink, will be joining us for a sure-to-be-awesome event in the early spring*. He'll discuss his NEW book, DRiVE. You can get a sneak peak of the subject matter by watching his amazing TED talk here. After his talk, we'll enter some experiences to further engage his intrinsically creative concepts, including time for questions and discussion.
*We'll have the exact date and time in the next newsletter.
Creativity Tweet Links

These are 11 of my tweeted links over the past couple weeks - articles, videos, and other links of interest. Come join me there anytime at @CreatvEmergence :-)

1.  Business Week video on Design Thinking -
2.  Leadership and its interaction with self-organization -
3.  Become a better doctor w/an MA in Narrative Medicine -
4.  Writing for Visual Thinkers -
5.  Innovation: Realistic Impossibilities -

6.  The Empathic Civilization: Rethinking Human Nature -
7.  Creativity: A Crime Of Passion article - paradox of creativity -

8.  The Decade in Management Ideas - HBR - (Yea for #5!)
9.  Why Games Are the 21st Century's Most Serious Business -
10. Creativity: Routines, Systems, Spontaneity -
11. 10 Great Free e-Books for Innovators -
Creativity Tweet Thoughts

What I'm discovering I like about twitter - if you write about what's truly relevant and alive for you - for creativity is that (1) it allows expression when you don't have time for a longer creative engagement (2) the structure forces you to get tot he essence quickly and (3) it gives you a foundation to build on later when you do have more space and time - i.e., some of my own "tweet-thoughts" will be explored further in longer writings. I see Twitter's as a "yes-and' to other forms of communication, serving its unique purpose. And, like with all other forms, you have to shuffle through the chaff to get to the wheat.

These are 11 of my tweeted musings over the past couple weeks about creativity, some of which will be explored further in upcoming products :-)

1.  There is too much drama, but not enough theater.
2.  Creative leaders see the unknown as an asset rather than a liability.
3.  We're known less authentically through our espoused ideals than in how we act when our core beliefs or values are challenged.
4.  Instead of either Control or Surrender, creative process requires engaging both at different times. The key is to know when for which.
5.  The creative zone exists between chaos and stability. Emergence happens at the far end of the creative zone just at the edge of chaos.
6.  Always use a canvas one size bigger than feels comfortable for you - you will expand into it.
7.  Awareness needs discernment, which means not having to fully accept or reject. Leads into nuances of what does & what does not resonate.
8.  Instead of intellectualized resolutions, how about energized intentions and explorations for the new year?
9.  I think 2010 will be a time of more people getting out of "thinking about" and in to "direct experience of."
10. For newness quickly: suspend habitual/verbal thinking; explore & engage senses, imagery & energy; then go back to left brain to make sense
11. Creativity is not a skill to be learned - you already have it full-on - but a habit to be cultivated or re-activated.

What else is up...

Creative Liberty Blog Interviews Me

Liz Massey of the Creative Liberty blog interviewed me on creativity at work, the emergence focus, and more at

Creativity in the Workplace at Dulles SHRM

I'll be leading an interactive discussion on Creativity in the Workplace at the Dulles SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) on Feb. 4th from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Access National Bank in Reston, VA. Registration at
or email for details.

Creativity in Business Thought Leader Interviews

My latest interview was with Michael Margolis, President of Get Storied and author of Believe Me: a storytelling manifesto for change-makers and innovators - 15 storytelling axioms that will help you re-think how you must communicate your work in the new paradigm. Click here for his and the other interviews with links.

New Year's Wish on BodySoulConnect Blog
Honored that Jen Consalvo posted my New Year's writing on the BodySoulConnect blog:
Capitol Creativity Network Event Tomorrow!

On Wednesday, January 13, join us for
The Artist Within: Becoming Creatively Fit at Work facilitated by Whitney Ferré, creativity consultant and author of The Artist Within: A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit. 7:00-9:30. Cleveland Park Club House in Washington, DC. $20* at the door. For more info on CCN or directions, go to
* Starting in March, all CCN events will be $25 due to increased operating expenses.
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 and facilitation, Creative Emergence coaching, 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.

Blog: is The Fertile Unknown at
Twitter: CreatvEmergence 
Michelle James