|Creative Emergence Newsletter|
|Hi everyone! |
Since the last newsletter, I've been busy with new client work, public presentations, traveling, and developing a new offering to debut in the next newsletter. I'm also excited to announce, back by request, our two-day Whole-brain Facilitation workshop in October.
Details are below where you'll also find article links, creativity thoughts, news about recent and upcoming events, interviews, and more. Enjoy the final days of summer! Create. Play. Engage! It's not about boxing creativity into our current constructs - it's about expanding our constructs via creativity. :-)
"The stronger the imagination, the less imaginary the results."
~ Rabindranath Tagore
|Whole-Brain Facilitation Program ~ Two-days: Oct. 15 & 29|
2 full-days of facilitation. 2 Fridays, 2 weeks apart. 9:30-5:00 in Falls Church,
PLUS a one-on-one 90-minute "Integration & Application" coaching session
Earlybird discount through September 30!
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.
Info & registration: http://www.creativeemergence.com/wbfacilitation.html
Breakthroughs at Every Turn! I loved this intersection so much when I saw it, I had to capture it. All I had was my cell phone so the quality has something to be desired, but the content speaks for itself...and the mission of CCE! :-)
This intersection is on the land at Kayser Ridge in Berkeley Springs, WV.
|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 Steve Shapiro, innovation expert and author of 24/7 Innovation and Goal-Free Living, and developer of Personality Poker; Seth Kahan, Fast Company blogger and author of Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out: Sam Horn, America's Intrigue Expert and author of Tongue Fu! and POP!; Doug Stevenson, founder of All Creation and partner in The Innovise Guys; and Gregg Fraley, author of Jack's Notebook, a business novel about creative problem solving, and the other partner in The Innovise Guys. Check their wisdom out here.
|Recent Blog Posts |
|CreativiTweet Musings |
Every issue I also include some of my own musings in 140 characters or less. These are some of my recently tweeted thoughts about creativity and emergence.
1. Information is free. Knowledge is acquired. Wisdom is earned. Creativity
2. Creativity's the yes-and dance of weaving parts into a whole -
not the either-or battle of maintaining separation.
3. Creativity's like the ocean. It's up to us to learn ITS language, how to
ride with it, harness it, play with it, focus it - not manage it.
4. The most untrue words ever spoken by anyone: "I'm not creative."
5. Creativity: life ever-generating new life.
6. The Creative Self needs 3 things to thrive: space, time and attention.
7. In the quiet, fertile fullness of Emergent Space all things are imaginable...
and therefore creatable.
8. Where "realists" see walls and dead ends, creators see doors and passages.
9. How we engage the dance between structure and flow becomes
our unique creative signature.
10. Debaters ask "Can we...?" Creators ask "How can we...?"
11. There's a big difference between safety and stability in facilitating co-creative
process. The former opens the field; the latter shuts it down.
12. Expand your capacity to hold ambiguity and you expand your capacity
13. Emergence has a way of resolving seeming opposites by creating a third way.
14. The future belongs to those who partner with & co-create with the Unknown
- not fear it, avoid it or try to control it.
15. To the Improviser mistakes are invitations to create, the unknown is your bff,
and the juice is in the journey.
|Public Presentations & Interviews |
Upcoming presentation: September 30: The Sales Lounge Insider Success Circle - Creative Thinking and Mind Mapping your Business; October 5: Integral Improv at Integral-DC. Since the last newsletter...Presentations: Appreciative Inquiry DC - Creative Solution Finding: Bringing Your Whole Brain to Work; Project Renaissance Learning & Creativity Doublefest - Foundational Creativity: Developing new foundations for a co-creative, sustainable future; Ignite! Business Creativity Conference - Innovative Leadership; Digital Capital Week - Improv for Creative Collaboration: On and Offline; TEDx CreativeCoast - Improvisation for creative work cultures. Radio interviews: Career Buzz Radio on creativity-centered business; Co-Creator Radio Network on creativity in the workplace. Blog interview: Dose of Creativity Creator Series.
|Capitol Creativity Network back next week!|We are back on September 8th for an exciting session on Futures Thinking and Creativity in Business with futurist extraordinaire, Frank Spencer (whom some of you got to meet at our 2009 Creativity in Business Conference), Partner at KedgeForward in Savannah, Georgia. He is awesome!
All sessions are 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 the CCN website: www.capitolcreativitynetwork.com.
| 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 generative, 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, RAPP, 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 www.creativeemergence.typepad.com.
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