Creative Emergence Newsletter
October 2012
In This Issue
C in B Telesummit
More Whole Brain
CreativiTweet Links
CreativiTweet Musings
Potential Activated
Creativity Network
Our Services

Hi! It's been a while since our last newsletter. This year has been about doing a lot of work behind the scenes (including working on a book due out next year). That is, until now. 


Our most timely news is that we are hosting an all new public event: Creativity in Business: Applied Discovery Telesummit. (it is a virtual event - online and call-in - from Oct. 22-31). We are fortunate to have gathered an AMAZING line up...and it's FREE! See details below. Big thanks to graphic designer Timothy Flatt for designing the web banner! 


For other news, I'm excited to welcome John Deere as a new client. I look forward to leading an Improv for Leaders program there next month. Also had fun leading an Improv for Innovation session at the Front End of Innovation conference in the summer, along with The Creatively Alive Body and The Yin & Yang of Creative Process sessions at Woodloch spa & resort. And getting super regenerative and relaxing spa treatments while there...the Eucalyptus steam room rocked! 


Now that we joined the world of online courses, expect to see more classes and telesummits next year. Very excited about a new one coming in January...details announced later this year! Happy autumn!



Creativity in Business Telesummit FREE!  

October 22-31, 2012 ~ 2 sessions/day ~ Noon and 2pm EST


Join 15 amazing creativity thought leaders and practitioners, pioneering entrepreneurs, prolific authors, and business innovators from around the world to explore discovery and applied creativity in work and business!

The theme is Applied Discovery - setting the stage for discovery, generating new ideas and insights, and using your creativity to apply your discoveries in your work or business.

We'll explore:
- Ways to access and engage your creativity
- Creative work cultures, environments and spaces
- Conditions for something new and different to emerge
- Moving through creative blocks and navigating the unknown
- The discovery mindset - beliefs, assumptions, values, ways of thinking and being
- Changing the discomfort of uncertainty into the opening-up curiosity of discovery
- Cultivating more passion and engagement in your work
- The use of whole brain methods - including storytelling, improv, movement,
  arts-based training and visual thinking - in training, and for better business results
- Facilitating creative process
- Applying what you discover to create something new in your work or workplace
- And much more!

You'll receive principles, practices, approaches, and frameworks you can start applying to your work, life or business to help you discover, create, and innovate in your awesomely unique way!

Plus you get a FREE ebook - Creativity in Business: Navigating the New Work Paradigm. 32 Creativity and Innovation Thought Leaders and Practitioners Explore Applied Creativity and Foundations for a Creative Work Culture. Includes a "Making it Real" Section with practices to apply right away! 

For complete details and FREE registration go to
If Work Was More Whole Brain    

A little something I was playing around with last night and adapted it from the Wizard of Oz for the work be sung to the tune of "If I Only had Brain" :-)

We could wile away the hours
With our creative powers
Doin' work that will sustain

And our heads we'd be scratchin'
While new ideas were busy hatchin'
If our work was more whole brain

We'd unravel any riddle
And maybe play the fiddle
With no trouble or no pain

With the thoughts we'd be thinkin'
We'd have fun doin' more linkin'
If our work was more was whole brain

Oh, I
could tell you why
Our work is not a bore
We'd think in ways we never thunk before
Then we'd create
and think some more

Work would not be just a nuffin'
Our heads all full of bluffin'
Our hearts all full of pain

We would dance and be merry
Results would be extraordinary
If our work was more whole brain

Adapted 2012, The Center for Creative Emergence.
Original lyrics to "If I Only had a Brain" from The Wizard of Oz here

CreativiTweet Links & Quotes      

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

1. "I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking."
     ~ Albert Einstein
2.  "You'll increase your creative potential once you begin to value your own thoughts."
     ~ Doug Hall
3.  Why Creativity is the New Economy (Richard Florida talk): 
4.  Enhancing & Understanding the Creative Process -
5.  How To Nurture Your Company's Rebels & Unlock Their Innovative Might:
6.  Unthinking is great for creativity and discovery!
7.  Hacking Creativity | The Creativity Post -
8.  "Creativity is more mystery than mastery. Creativity, like human life itself, begins in
     darkness and must be given time to incubate." ~ Julia Cameron
9.   Neurologists brainstorm link between brain and the visual arts 
10. New business paradigm business inspired nature - from linear to circular economy
11. The Neuroscience of Creativity and Insight | Think Tank | Big Think
12. How Innovative Leaders Maintain Their Edge - Forbes
13. David Kelley on Designing Curious Employees -
14. Michael Michalko on cracking barriers to creativity -
15. Future Paradigms for Business - Parallel Universes, New Literacies -

CreativiTweet Musings 

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


1.   Creative empowerment come from saying yes before knowing how,
      not from waiting to know how before saying yes.
2.   It's easier to describe patterns of creativity than it is to define it.
3.   Levels of empowerment in engaging change: (4) react to it (3)    
      respond to it (2) adapt to it (1) consciously create it. 

4.   We can contract in uncertainty w/resistance (unempowering) or expand into it 
      with discovery (empowering).
5.   Discovery is more empowering than relying on others for solutions.
6.   Thinking about the word quest (expedition) in question and the word ration (a fixed              amount) in rational.

7.   Discovers are always holding new and evolving questions. 
8.   Sometimes it's not enough to just say yes...we have to learn to live into it.
9.   Look forward to day when more organizations are seen as "juicy, alive, fun" instead of  
      just "efficient, effective, surviving."
10. Presence is to creativity as what the sun is to the flower.

11. When we're not bound by old performance models and deepen our in the moment
      presence/experience, performance increases.

12. However big we can imagine creativity is, it's amazing to never be able to
      grasp its fullness!  

13. Most certifications measure how well we do someone else's process. I think creativity   
      certification programs should be about how well we do not.
14. There's an inner security that comes from knowing your purpose - not dependent on
      what others think you should be doing.

15. When connected to purpose, planning emerges in iterations...from listening inward,
      engaging what's unfolding, creating, modifying, more creating... 

Before and after of the same flower (at Sky Meadows Sate Park)
Capitol Creativity Network  

is on hiatus for a couple months due to travel and the telesummit. We will be re-convening on December 12 for our annual Holiday Festival. We'll have an all-new, whole-brain, experiential presentation along with food, wine and festivities afterward. Mark the date and stay tuned for details!

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; Business Partners and Teams who want to co-create or establish a creative work culture. 

Organizational Clients
have included Panasonic, Deloitte, Microsoft, GEICO, RAPP, Kaiser Permanente, Inova Health System, Teach for America, Hands On Network, 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