Creative Emergence Newsletter
September 2010
In This Issue
Whole-Brain Program
Inspired Intersection
Thought Leader Interviews
Blog Posts/Articles
CreativiTweet Links
CreativiTweet Musings
Creativity Network
Our Services
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, VA
PLUS a one-on-one 90-minute "Integration & Application" coaching session

Earlybird discount through September 30!

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.

Info & registration:

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

1. VISUAL - Foundational Creativity: New Creative Output Emerges from
    New Foundations -
2. 10 Core Assumptions of a Creative Workplace -
3. Wisdom from a Paradigm-Shifting Creative: Bucky Fuller
    (inspired by the play) -
4. VISUAL - Whole Brain Thinking (updated visual for re-posted article) -
CreativiTweet Links

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

1.  Several models of the creative process -
2.  Huffington Post article on Creativity in the 21st C -
3.  Pixar talk on creative collaboration, including using improv principles -
4.  Why using improvisation to teach business skills is no joke -
5.  101 Patterns for Influencing Behavior Through Design -
6.  26 Ways to Break a Creative Block -
7.  Ideation Techniques -

8.  33 strategies and concepts for personal and organizational creativity -

9.  The Bootcamp Bootleg collection of designthinking/applied
     creativity methods and mindsets -

10. Complexity Science and Innovation - InnovationManagement -

11. Exploring the Brain's Role in Creativity - NeuroPsychiatry Review -

12. Creativity in Nature explored by F.David Peat -
13. Work in Progress: Thoughts on Design Leadership -
14. Rebelliousness & Creativity - Psychology Today -
15. Play: The Elixir of Creativity -
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
     is cultivated.

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
      to create.
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:
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
Twitter: CreatvEmergence 
Michelle James