Creative Emergence Newsletter
May 2011
In This Issue
Creativity Conference
Creativity Books
New World of Work
Liberating Creativity
CreativiTweet Links
CreativiTweet Musings
Our Services

Hi everyone!  


Really excited that our Creativity in Business Conference is coming together with some really awesomely diverse and amazing presenters and panelists! And lots more to come - over the next few weeks we will be adding more and more to the site. Special Dive-In discount through June 5 - details below. You can stay updated on the the new Facebook Page.  

Other news: really enjoyed co-facilitating the Revolutionizing the World of Work event in DC May 12-13. Along similar "new paradigm" theme, I am excited to be co-facilitating an event called The Gathering To Build a Better Future in Melbourne, Australia in June. Love the mission! This past weekend, I had  fun presenting Nonverbal Creativity for Sensing and Sense-Making session at Win Wenger's Learning and Creativity DoubleFest in Pasadena, MD.
Also honored to be on this list of "Inspiring Change Agents I met on Twitter" on the Emergent By Design blog:


Just FYI, from June 4 - June 21, I will be in Australia - for some work and some play - and rarely checking emails. Unless it's an emergency, I plan to return emails and calls upon my return into the office on June 22. 


Have a happy, lively and safe holiday weekend! 


Creativity in Business Conference Dive-In Special 

Pre-earlybird Dive-in Discount! A chance to save $100 off the regular rate ($50 off earlybird rate) through midnight June 5 for pioneers and brave souls who enter into the unknown and dive in while the program is still being created. You can see the emerging cast of characters here and emerging schedule at here. More to come!

Our sincere hope is that you learn a lot, think new ideas, see with new eyes, have relevant and worthwhile take-aways, meet kindred spirits, make plentiful and generative connections and collaborations, feel safe enough to creatively open up...and challenged enough to move out of your comfort zone, leave with practical ideas and applications, solve problems, create visions, tap into your creative uniqueness and aliveness, are inspired toward positive change in your work and life, are more confident as a creator who has the capacity to influence your business or work environment, cultivate your own a-has, are more in touch with your passion, calling or creative spark, and have FUN doing it!...any or all of the above...and then some... :-)

Feeling adventurous?

Dive in at  

 77 Awesome Creativity Books

Apparently people really like lists. My most re-posted blog post is just a list - albeit one with links to each book. It's a list of books - some classics and some newer ones - that either informed my journey or otherwise resonated with me over the past 2 decades. My only criteria was that I had read it, liked it, and could feel good about recommending it. Feel free to add other suggestions. 

Revolutionizing the World of Work  

We had a great 2-day event (organized by Steve Denning and Seth Kahan) with more to come! It really seemed to hit a generative place in participants. You can read Seth's
article about the event on Fast Company online and Rod Collins' post on his blog.  

Liberating Creativity

Short blog post in going underneath business buzz words (which someone had accurately pointed out that 'buzz word' is a buzz word in itself
) to liberate creativity...going beyond the habitual into deeper meaning and context.  

CreativiTweet Links    

Every issue I include some of my recently tweeted links - articles, videos, and other creativity-related links of interest. I hope you find something of value within them. Come join me on Twitter anytime at @CreatvEmergence  

The Hidden Art of Achieving Creative Flow by Everett Bogue  

2. The Pull of Narrative - In Search of Persistent Context

3. Conan O'Brien's Guide to Creativity - Fast Company -

4. Great list of Collaborative methods and tools -

5. How to Increase Your Odds of Getting a Big AHA -

6. Music, Improvisation & Creativity: 

7. 12 Sparks for Heads-Up Creativity l Forbes:
8. Why culture matters - Berkana Collaborative -

9. TED talk: The Hidden Super Power of Smiling:

10. An Emergent Manifesto of Emergent Design by Pravin Pallay:

11. How To Make Your Ideas Actually Happen - Innovation Management

12. Creativity - Generating new ideas and more - Success Mag:

13. Collaborative Emergence & Creativity in Improv by Keith Sawyer:
14. Collective intelligence and the "genetic" structure of groups -
15. Play Power: How to Turn Around Our Creativity Crisis
16. The Neurobiology of "We" - Parabola magazine -
17. See Possibilities - Turn upheaval into opportunity -
18. Innovation: How the Creative Stay Creative | Inc. -
19. The Biology of Great Organizations -
20. 12 Ways to Tap Into an Endless Well of Creativity -
21. The Builders' Manifesto by Umair Haque - HBR - 

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. When inspired, passionate people meet, they share their stories - not their job description - as a way of contextualizing their work

2. Designing for and facilitating creativity means designing for surprise...theirs and yours

3. I think Creativity Manifestos come to life with accompanying experiential practices, in order to become ingrained and embodied

4. The difference between 'woo-woo' and creativity practices that transform is in the foundations: principles, meaning, intention

5. Conventional: think and talk about it. New paradigm: experience, embodiment and engaging the whole brain

6. Creativity tapped in a system, by its nature, creates structure change - we can't "get creative" and expect same type of containment in the system   

7. Systems are not meant to stay static...they are meant to be engaged in dynamic co-creation 8. Ask, "What do you do?" and the energy is flat. Ask, "What is your story?" and the energy becomes alive  

9. I believe at the core every soul wants to create, contribute, love and be loved
Creativity can transform disjointed chaos into purposeful aliveness
In a static world, conflicting truths fight. In a creative world, conflicting truths dance 
12. The initial novel thoughts out of the gate are mostly messy and unpolished. Don't judge them...engage them into being first 

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, Teach for America, Cable & Wireless, National Institutes of Health, The World Bank, Invest Northern Ireland, Service Employee International Union, American University, 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