Creative Emergence Newsletter
March 2016
In This Issue
New Workshop!
Creative Destruction
Emergence Coaching
CreativiTweet Links
CreativiTweet Musings
Our Services
Hi! Quick update since the last newsletter: had a couple fun Cville Creativity Network gatherings last year, and look to do more this year; and welcomed a few new clients, including PBS and the USGS in the DC area, which has me spending time working both in DC and Charlottesville. I'm still on the adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute, leading ongoing Improv and creativity-based leadership programs, which has offered an amazing opportunity for consistent experimentation and refinement (thus my new workshop below). I was also recently interviewed on the TalentGrow Show about applied creativity in business. Click here for the interview.

Upcoming: I have an exciting new public workshop this spring in DC on March 26 (write-up below), and another in Charlottesville on April 2 (write-up coming next time). I'm also looking forward to leading an Improv for Brand Storytelling  breakout session at the FUSE Conference in Miami.

Scroll down for articles, musings, links, and more! And have a an awesome week! ~ Michelle :-)    
New Workshop: The Creative, Original Facilitator
Be at Ease Creating, Improvising, Adapting in the Moment,
and Bouncing Back  from "Mistakes" or the Unexpected. 
Design Compelling, Original Content for Full-On Participant Engagement.
Saturday, March 26th ~ 9:30-4:00 ~ Washington, DC 

This workshop is for professional facilitators, trainers, OD practitioners, coaches, consultants, educators, etc. to bring more of your own creativity and originality into your facilitation and activity design in purposeful ways - especially if you want to facilitate the creativity of your participants.

The focus is on cultivating, owning and using your creativity - being more comfortable and ease creating, modifying and improvising in the moment while facilitating; and creating unique, original content (or modifying existing content) to differentiate yourself and give your participants a unique, dynamic, and relevant learning experience.

Complete write-up, Details and Registration: 
by Gem J Shimada
Creative Destruction within the
Creative Process 
A friend had asked in a Facebook group, "How do you motivate yourself and stay enthusiastic when surrounded by a collapsing civilization?" I re-posted my response on my blog since it was, not surprisingly, all about applied creativity.

Specifically, it's about the creative destruction within a creative emergence process - being with both the destruction of the old and the emergence of the new. Click here for the post.
Creative Emergence Coaching    
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Creative Emergence Coaching is a whole-brain coaching process designed to accelerate your personal, professional, and business development. Using an integration of arts-based, reflective, intuitive, and action-oriented processes, we focus on structuring your purpose, passion, creativity, and aliveness into an income-generating business or work...or creating anything new: your signature approach/model/process/methodology, workshop, product, or service. Call or email to set up a FREE, no obligation 30-minute intake consultation to see if this approach is right for you.
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 Moth's Dan Kennedy Shares 9 Ways to Sharpen Your
     Storytelling Skills
2.  The importance of play: what universities can learn from preschools
3.  Letting kids move in class isn't a break from learning. It IS learning 
4. A Field Guide to Getting Lost...and navigating the unknown - via Brainpickings

5.  4 reasons why creative leaders succeed - FastCompany
6.  4 Types of Fun - Infographic 
7.  7 Basic Types of Stories: Creatives explore humans' archetypal plots - Adweek
8.  Got a wicked Problem? First Tell me How you Make Toast.
     Great creativity TED talk by Tom Wujec
9.  The Design Economy primer: How design is revolutionizing health, business,
     cities and government - Design Council
10. Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play
11. Creativity, Not Money, is the Key to Happiness: Theory of "Flow" 
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.  Creativity can transform data into knowledge, knowledge into
     wisdom, and wisdom into inspired action.
2.  Objectives, yes. Agendas, no. Unexpected, yes. Routine, no.  
     Uncomfortable, perhaps. Unsafe, no. Creating, yes. Following, no.
3.  Some mysteries lend to being solved...others to being engaged,
     not so much answered.
4.  Instead of only focusing on what someone believes, get to know WHY they believe it. 
     When we uncover the why there's hope for creative change.
5.  The difference between the unknown which leads to confusion and the unknown which
     leads to emergence is intention & presence with creativity.
6.  Don't rush to fill the creative pause. It's a fertile rich part of the creative process...
     like the soil preparing the new crop.
7.  The more you engage & value your creativity, the less you compare yourself to
     others...the less competitive you are...and the more empowered.
8.  Somewhere between blind compliance and reactive rebellion exists true creative choice.
9.  Being present is being in an ongoing process of discovery. Presence doesn't limit us to
     what we already know - it allows newness to emerge.
10. Would you rather be right or would you rather be true? The former maintains the
      status quo. The latter opens up the creative field...with integrity.
11. In the unknown there's a difference between random blind faith and the trust in 
      life-giving patterns of emergence that just aren't yet actualized.

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, PBS, 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, USGS, 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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