Creative Emergence Newsletter
May 2010
In This Issue
Thought Leader Interviews
Upcoming Events
New Telecourse
Whole Brain Visuals
CreativiTweet Links
CreativiTweet Musings
Creativity Network
Our Services
Hi everyone! Wow - many unfoldings in 2010. At the onset of every year, a theme emerges into my consciousness for the year. My theme for this year has been "Bring It"...and, well, it is indeed being brung.

On days when I feel overwhelmed, I remind myself to take time for Gratitude Practice - pausing to feel the gratitude for getting to craft and shape the structure of my business, for doing work that is alive for me, and for the everyday blessings and people in my life. When I consciously focus on that (which, admittedly, has not been every day) it opens an appreciative space to breathe, reflect and relax...and helps transform the overwhelm into engaging momentum again. So, my theme for May: DAILY practice ;-)

Below you'll find article links, creativity thoughts, news about upcoming events and interviews, and more. Have a happy, blossoming, vibrant spring - inside and out!


Creativity in Business Thought Leader Series Interviews

This series consists of interviews with creativity and innovation thought leaders around the topic of applied creativity in business and the new work paradigm. The same 6 simple, open-ended questions generate a myriad of rich, diverse, creative responses from pioneering minds.

Since our last newsletter, we've interviewed Dan Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Drive: Michael Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci; Julie Ann Turner, author of A Creator's Guide; Frank Spencer, futurist and partner at KedgeForward; Jay Roderick, President of BizProv; and Marci Segal, founder of CreativityLand and World Creativity and Innovation Week. Check them all out here.
Upcoming Presentations - All Open to the Public!
(and all but one are in the DC area - hope you can join in)

Appreciative Inquiry DC - May 5
I'll be leading an interactive session on Creative Solution Finding: Bringing Your Whole Brain to Work:

Project Renaissance Learning & Creativity Doublefest - May 16
I'll be facilitating a session on Foundational Creativity: Developing new foundations for a co-creative, sustainable future:

Ignite! Business Creativity Conference - June 4
Excited to be leading a breakout session on Innovative Leadership at CreativeMoco's Ignite! Conference:

Digital Capital Week  - June 16

Happy to be invited to facilitate a session on Improv for Creative Collaboration: On and Offline:

TEDx Creative Coast  - June 18
Honored to be asked to speak at TEDx Creative Coast in Savannah. Their theme is Designing Creativity. I'll be doing a talk on improvisation, complexity and designing for emergence.

New Applied Creativity Telecourse!

Entering the world of online business...I am excited to be developing a new 7-week telecourse integrating various dimensions of creative practice - my first multi-week teleseries! I'll be announcing it in a follow up email within a couple weeks. :-)

Whole Brain Visuals
Creative Thinking: Diverge and Converge - Expanding the creative playing field, then coming back in. Wonder what diverge and converge are in the creative process? Check out this easy-to-read chart.

The Creative Zone - Breakthroughs happen at the edge of chaos. This is the first of a series of slides on the Creative Zone.

Problem Focus / Outcome Focus / Emergence Focus - Emergence Focus contains problems solving and outcome generating...and adds a new dimension. I see it as "yes-anding" - not replacing - what already works with the other types of focus. Spelled out simply in this visual. 

CreativiTweet Links

Every issue I include 11 of my recently tweeted links - articles, videos, and other links of interest. Come join me there anytime at @CreatvEmergence

1. Stanford design school innovation space:
2. The Muse Awards celebrate innovation & creativity in business in Virginia.         
    Apply today at

3. When engagement is open, belonging is boundaryless - by @zenext -
4. How to Create a Thrilling Life w/a Story Imagination: Tools for Creative Practice
    by Juliet Bruce, PhD -

5. Business Day article: Portrait of the artist as a business science student -
6. Derek Sivers on How to Start a Movement -

7. Alice and the Rabbit Holographic Universe -

8. New Fast Company piece: Futures Thinking Bibliography
9. Great piece on emergence/setting conditions for it -
10. General Principles of Design Thinking -
11. Please pass on! OIL SPILL ANIMAL RESCUE: Report animals needing help 

CreativiTweet Musings

Every issue I also include some of my own musings in 140 characters or less. These are 11 of my tweeted thoughts over the past couple weeks about creativity.

1. Sextuple bottom line in new business paradigm:
    People, Profit, Planet, Passion, Purpose, Play

2. Conventional organizations: mechanistic, binary, either/or, static language.
    Creative organizations: holistic, organic, yes-and, iterative process language.

3. We create by feedback and iterations.
4. Control Leadership: Never let 'em see you sweat. Creative Leadership:
    Be authentic...includes whole picture - strength AND vulnerability

5. Integral Theory's "Transcend and Include" = Improvisational Theater's "Yes-And"
6. Right brain ways to engage creative impulse: act it out, dance it out, move it out,
    draw it out, paint it out, sing it out, dialogue it out...

7. Interesting engages the mind. Fascinating enlivens the whole being.
8. To the pioneer, explorer, edgewalker or improviser mistakes are dynamic 
    invitations...not static failures.

9. First the call. Then exploration, study, immersion, discovery, engagement, 
    cultivation, sharing (in nonlinear order), emergence, embodiment. Then change.

10. Improv theater works because of constraints, not in spite of them...
      like creative emergence in all natural systems

11. The creative source is the riddle and the riddler all at once

Creativity, Meaning and the Social Web
at the Capitol Creativity Network ~ May 12

On Wednesday, May 12, join us for Creativity, Meaning and the Social Web: Connecting with Your Creativity for Success in the Digital World.
Led by Jo Golden and Tracey Holinka, Principals of Chaos to Clarity LLC. 7:00-9:30 at the Cleveland Park Club House in Washington, DC. $25 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 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.

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Michelle James