Creative Emergence Newsletter
April 2011
In This Issue
Creativity Retreat
Beyond Limits
New World of Work
MBTI & Creativity
Creatv Process Spiral
Inspired Vocation
CreativiTweet Links
CreativiTweet Musings
Creativity Network
Our Services

Hi everyone!  


Happy Spring! In this time of nature's generativity, things are bursting into colorful new life all around us. I'm feeling all the more appreciative in seeing nature's artful renewal and aliveness knowing how wounded and vulnerable the ecosystem is right now. We're in immensely challenging times on our planet, and simultaneously times of equally immense co-creative opportunity. We're being called to do what is ours to do to support ourselves, each other, and the earth to heal and thrive at all levels. Now's a perfect time for each of us to step into our purpose - using our unique set of gifts - to serve the whole.

In this newsletter are some life-giving happenings to share with you, along with some articles and creativity links. A couple quick reminders: If you would like to present at the Creativity in Business Conference on Oct. 23, proposals are due by Sunday at midnight. You can download the RFP directly from the website. Also, hope you can make it to our Creativity for Your Calling retreat in Montana. 

New news:
I am excited to be a practice partner for the Revolutionizing the World of Work event in DC, May 12-13. (more details below) and delighted to be part of a group emerging an event called The Gathering To Build a Better Future in Melbourne, Australia in June. Those details are still being co-created - will keep you posted. And a week later, there is the Applied Improvisation Conference in Baltimore, where I'll be presenting a breakout session on Nonverbal Improv. I'm also honored to be one of the adoptees in a new Adopt-a-Practitioner Program for grad students in Russell Schoen's applied creativity program at The International Center for Studies in Creativity.  


I love the laughing Buddha because I feel like he knows that at its core, life is supposed to be joyful, alive and playful - especially amidst chaos. Albert Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research." May you enjoy your discovery!


"Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy." ~ Julia Cameron 

Creativity for Your Calling: Engaging Your Aliveness

Week-long NEW Immersion Program at the Feathered Pipe Ranch

In the stunning Montana Rockies ~ July 23-29 ~ Only $1295

Do you feel you have a calling - a purpose - but are not quite sure
what it is? Do you yearn to connect with and express that juicy creative wellspring you know is in you? Do you desire to move beyond the voices of fear, resistance and judgment into the voices of aliveness, meaning and passion? And have fun doing it? Then come play with us as you engage more of YOU. Click on title link for write-up and registration.

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits
Caroline Casey


TEDTalk: Looking Past Limits

I just this morning watched this video as I was writing this newsletter. Feels like serendipitous timing as it fits in the theme of discovering your calling - sometimes in the most unexpected ways (and always serving something greater than oneself). Caroline Casey tells a truly inspiring story about self discovery and moving beyond limitations. It is worth watching all the way through. "When you believe in yourself and everything about you, it's extraordinary what happens." ~ Caroline Casey. 

Revolutionizing the World of Work      

I am excited to be involved in this special 2-day event to "establish a radical management mindset and reinvent business, government, education and health." Click here for the note by Seth Kahan and Steve Denning - event coordinators - about the event. May 12-13 in DC. 

MBTI, Keirsey Temperaments and Creativity

NTs, NFs, SPs and SJs all approach the creative process
differently. By valuing and using the different creative styles, a co-creative team expands their creativity field and possibilities. The whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts when we welcome in and "yes-and" the creative-style gifts of other team members. If we reject them, we maintain. If we accept them, allow space for them, and consciously use them, we create. Click here for
graphic on creative-style differences.  

Creative Process Spiral 
Fun simple diagram of the creative process - on my blog.
(and yes, not comprehensive :-)
Your Calling: Inspired Vocation 
Another simple diagram - emerged while exploring the differences between invocation, evocation and provocation.  

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  

Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities - HBR -

2. Design Thinking - capabilities, elements, learning Styles - STEP Mag:

3. Waking Up in the Workplace: Purpose is not created, it's uncovered -

4. A Business Built on Failure - by @William_Hall (the improv way) -

5. Design Fundamentals - design both a noun & verb - MIT Tech Review:

6. Very cool! Generative art - play here:

7. The Future Of Work Is Play

8. Improv teaches med students to think on their feet - Am. Med. News:

9. SlideShare: Unmanaging - Unleashing the Creative Beast 
Tools for Thinking by David Brooks - NYT. Relying on emergence:

11. The Creative Side of Love -
12. Hilarious short video! -> Why Thinking is the Enemy of Innovation - The Economist:            

CreativiTweet Musings

Every issue I also include some of my musings in 140 characters or less. These are some of my recently tweeted thoughts about creativity and emergence.  


1. Creativity is both a means and an end. 

2. To unfold the new, your creative source needs space, time and attention; deep dives; undirected explorations...

3. Difference between need to be right and the need to be true: the former maintains
a finite world; the latter engages an infinite one

4. You can be certain or you be creative.  

5. If Change Makers first become Meaning Makers they can be Meaningful-Change Makers

6. One person's failure is another's creative invitation. The act itself is neutral.
The perception is ours.

7. Creating from your heart, your soul, that place in you that is life-generating
is transformative.
"What do I want 2 create?" (yang) becomes more purposeful and  resonant when combined with "What is calling 2 emerge?" (yin).

9. Facilitating knowledge organizes the known. Facilitating creativity cultivates the unknown.

10. Old paradigm: living to accomplish. New paradigm: accomplish via full-on, engaged living

Capitol Creativity Network - April 13

Creative Constellations for Igniting Your Creativity

Join us for our next session lead by facilitator extraordinaire, Harrison Snow. 7:00-9:30 at Cleveland Park Club House in DC.
$25 at the door. More info

There will be no CCN gathering in May. 

Our Services

The Center for Creative Emergence is a creativity consulting, facilitating 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, and organizations. CEO Michelle James has a mission to engage people into their full humanness via whole-brain (and body) creative process for innovative work, positive social change and consciously creating a generative, life-giving future.

Our Services include creativity and emergence coaching and facilitating, whole-brain corporate and public workshops, conference presentations, creativity events and Quantum Leap Business Improv

Coaching Clients
include Entrepreneurs who want to discover their calling, develop their signature approach, products and services, or create their new future story; Leaders who want to draw out and focus the creativity of their work force; Pioneers who are forging new territory or creating new models; Facilitators who want to create new programs or workshops; Partners and Teams who want to co-create or establish a creative work culture. 

Organizational Clients
have included Deloitte, 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, Teach for America and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration among others.

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