Creative Emergence Newsletter
August 2015
In This Issue
Emergence Coaching
Creative Engagement
The Creative Life
Creative Response
CreativiTweet Links
CreativiTweet Musings
The Creative Yes
Our Services
Hi! Happy summer! Quick
update: Since the
At the top of The Priest Mountain
last newsletter, I've enjoyed leading Improv for Innovation at the Front End of Innovation Conference in Boston, and doing several Creative Thinking and Applied Improvisation programs for new and existing clients. Still hosting monthly Cville Creativity Network meetings. We're taking August off and the next meeting will be in September. Am also honored to be a contributor to the newly published Circle of the 9 Muses book on applied storytelling by David Hutchens. Check it out here.

Been so busy with organizational workshops and coaching clients - and nurturing my personal creative expression (dance classes, art projects, improv theater, outdoor adventures) - that my other projects and public workshops were on the back burner for a while. I have since re-focused and will be doing some public workshops this fall in the DC area and Charlottesville, as well as some online courses. Look for email announcements coming soon!

Scroll down for articles, musings, links, and more! And have a  great weekend! ~ Michelle :-)    
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"...people didn't change their minds in the direction of the arguments presented to them, far from it. Rather...participants in the experiment ended up with more extreme views than they started with - the pro- people becoming more pro and the anti- becoming more anti...."

"...The 'reasons' group didn't shift their views at all, remaining just as entrenched in their positions, for or against, as when they started the experiment. The 'explanations' group did change.....when they were asked to provide explanations for how we think the world works, some of that illusion evaporates, undermining our previous certainty..."

Click here for my blog post about his article, with a link to his complete article. 
My latest poster with the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains in the background
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When Someone's Uses Your Idea without Attribution: The Creative Response
My friend and colleague, Corey Michael Blake (some of you might remember his awesome breakout session from our 2011 Creativity in Business conference!) posted a short video on his Facebook wall, questioning how to handle it when someone takes an idea that is your intellectual property and uses it without attribution. To give context, he developed a concept for a conference that worked really well to build community and bond the attendees, and is part of his brand now. He shared this concept with a friend of his who then hired a graphic recorder to implement the same concept in a similar at his own event. While the friend called to thank Corey, he did not give him attribution for the idea. In Corey's video, he struggled with what to do that is in alignment with with his seemingly conflicting values around the situation. He put the question out to his Facebook friends and when my own answer became quite long, I realized I had a lot of energy - and discovery - around it I did a blog post on it here.

I'd love to hear your take and ideas after reading it...please email me. :-)  
CreativiTweet Links & Quotes    
Every issue I include some of my recently tweeted links - articles, videos, and other creativity-related links of interest. Join me there at @CreatvEmergence.    
1.  The Ninth Intelligence:
2.  It's a Möbius strip: Stories are life, life is stories:
3.  Embracing Our Humanness to Increase Productivity:
4.  "All a person can do in this life is gather about him his integrity, his imagination,
     and his individuality - and with these ever with him, out front and in sharp focus,
     leap into the dance of experience." ~Tom Robbins
5.  Bringing Fun & Creativity to Work l MITSloan Mngt Review:
6.  Cambridge is hiring a Lego professor of Play in Education, Development, and Learning:
7.  The Improvisational Brain
l Seed Magazine:
8.  Parallels between Improv Comedy and Therapy l Psych Central: 
9.  The Secret to Better Meetings: Fun l Scientific American:
10. The Secret to Teaching Creativity at Business School:
11. The 7 Traits of a Free Thinker: 
12. The Science (and Practice) of Creativity:
13. The 3 Crumbling Pillars of Modern Management:
14. How to unleash creativity and innovation l Huffington Post:
15. The Best Teams Act Like Musicians:  
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....tweets for thought: 

1.  Life becomes meaningful by what we are present to and discover.
2.  When something new bumps up against our preconceived notions, 
     and we open to it, growth happens.
3.  When binary/static thinking gives way to dimensional/dynamic
     thinking, creative new (unpredictable) possibilities emerge.
4.  Yes but => maintaining the status quo. Yes and => generative thinking, new ideas
     emerging, more options and choices.
5.  Improv principles for co-creating: yes-and, make everyone else look good, heighten
     and explore, serve the good of the whole, make a discovery.
6.  There's a difference between resourced thinking & sourced thinking. Former comes
     from others. Latter emerges from within. Creative Thinking engages both.
7.  Yes = agreement, consensus, maintaining. Yes And = adding something new,
     evolving an idea, co-creating. The And keeps it generative.
8.  When you speak from your heart, your find words in the moment your head could not
     have possibly imagined.
9.  YES AND expands the playing field for new possibilities. Later, after cultivating the new
     w/out judgement, it's time to discern and reduce.
10. YES BUT shuts it down. YES keeps it the same. YES AND makes it generative.
      Yes: accept the reality presented to you. And: add something new.
11. There are many definitions of creativity, some seemingly contradictory. Each one
      contains part of what it is, but none can contain it all.
12. Life happens at the intersection of preconceived plans & adapting them to what's really
      showing up in the unexpected moment.
The Creative Yes
The creative yes comes with some hard no's to say to anything that
   is not aligned with the yes.

The creative yes breaks old boundaries and creates new ones.
The creative yes means more life...and more responsibility.
The creative yes calls you to be bigger, bolder, and stronger.
The creative yes bumps you up against all that is not yet the yes...
   and that can suck for a while.

The creative yes means committing to not knowing.
The creative yes means the stories around the no are no longer relevant.
The creative yes means owning it.
The creative yes means emerging more of who you are out into the world.
The creative yes doesn't just change what you do, it changes how you are.

Michelle James ©2015

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 somatic) 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

Creative Emergence 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 Dominos, John Deere, Panasonic, Deloitte, Microsoft, GEICO, RAPP, Kaiser Permanente, Federal Executive Institute, Inova Health System, NetImpact UVA, Teach for America, Hands On Network, National Institutes of Health, The World Bank, Invest Northern Ireland, Service Employee International Union, Clean Currents, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration among many others.

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