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There's a movement brewing built upon leveraging the transformative power of creativity to help us work and create better so that we can produce work infused with meaning. Discover how by knowing your ...

There's a movement brewing built upon leveraging the transformative power of creativity to help us work and create better so that we can produce work infused with meaning. Discover how by knowing your Why, instilling tiny habits to cultivate your creative spark, and finally, fomenting creative collaboration based on the tenets of improv and open spaces, you can take the spark of Creativity (R)Evolution and use it as the impetus to push you, your teams, and your companies to create betterness.



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  • The Creativity (R)evolution Denise R. Jacobs FrontEnd Conference CH Zürich, SwitzerIand 29 August 2013
  • Grüetzi! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • I am: @denisejacobs This fine event: @frontendconfch #fec2013 I’m talking about inciting a: #creativityrevolution For the Twitters View slide
  • Conferences View slide
  • Ideas!
  • Dense networks
  • The microcosm
  • People are neurons
  • The initial excitement
  • Taken over by habit
  • How to take it home? Sustain it?
  • Vocations & Aspirations Photo by Derek Kearney
  • After writing my first book Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • I had an epiphany
  • Creativity is critical
  • I’m not the only one who thinks so…
  • Creativity (R)Evolution!
  • All gatherings are opportunities
  • Nurture the Creative Spark
  • The Roots of (R)Evolution
  • What is the “creative spark”?
  • Everyone has it
  • My latest thought leader crush: Umair Haque
  • Betterness? Betterness!!
  • (R)Evolution ≠ Revolution
  • Two ways
  • The Foundation: 1 Concept + 1 Tool + 1 Outlook = Too Awesome
  • The inspiration
  • Our model: the coral polyp
  • Builds rich environments
  • Creates new land forms
  • Tiny Habits
  • The structure
  • 1.  In the positive 2.  Present tense 2 modifications
  • Anchor to a current habit
  • Congratulate yourself
  • Big results
  • Open Spaces
  • An ethos of openness
  • From Spark to Flame
  • Two levels
  • The Personal
  • Are you a terrorist to yourself?
  • You are the gateway
  • It’s all about you being “self-ful”
  • The Oxygen Mask Theory
  • Love what you do. Do what you love.
  • “The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -  Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement speech
  • By nurturing your own spark
  • It becomes magic
  • Opens you up
  • “One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.” - Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project
  • Self-ful transforms to
  • Selfless
  • How?
  • Start with Why
  • Recognize your brilliance
  • DON’T focus on your weaknesses
  • You will only improve 10-15 % (and it will be painful)
  • Need help? Channel your inner kid Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • The masters will help you Photo: Nick Garza
  • Hint: it will feel like play! Photo: Nick Garza
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  • Feed your soul, don’t kill it
  • Shift into the habits you want to develop
  • Think of several topics you are a bad- ass in. Write up some talk descriptions based on your interests and expertise. Be courageous and share them with peers. Homework: Write a talk description
  • Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to nurture the spark ignited at this conference. Homework: Tiny Habits to Nurture the Spark
  • Your spark deserves to be protected
  • And your change will spread beyond you
  • The Social
  • We need to get our group on Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • Mo’ people, mo’ creativity
  • Escape your silo
  • Building 20 at MIT
  • Listen
  • I mean really listen
  • Be generous Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • Emotional Bank Accounts
  • “Creativity is social…and comes out of small teams of twos and threes and fours and fives and sixes. Instead (of brainstorming) you need ‘magic circles,’ small teams of people who trust each other, are familiar with each other, and play together.” - Bruce Nussbaum, Creativity Intelligence
  • Get your Improv on
  • Accept the offer, start where you are
  • Use this structure
  • Make your partner(s) look good
  • Builds trust
  • Collaborations get increasingly stronger
  • Eating my own dogfood: Power-Push Writing Photo: Anna B. Scott
  • Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to cultivate a culture of creative collaboration around you. Homework: Tiny Habit of Creative Collaboration
  • Viva La Revolution!
  • Yeah!
  • Personal fulfillment (aka Happiness)
  • Team and company creating Betterness
  • Bigger than just yourself
  • What we do is HUGE
  • “Betterness can't happen if you're spending your life churning out toxic junk. It can only happen when more meaningful work is done.” - Umair Haque, Betterness: Economics for Humans
  • Eudaimonia = Human flourishing
  • At this conference, with you
  • Encourage the eco-system
  • We can evolve creatively
  • Make the switch
  • A wise man once said
  • that you want to see in the world
  • My articles for further reading four-secrets-enhancing- creative-productivity reigniting-your-creative-spark/ banishing-your-inner-critic/
  • My books! The CSS Detective Guide InterAct With Web Standards My chapter: “Learning with the Web” Smashing Books #3 & #3 1/3 My chapter: “The Missing Element of Redesign: Story”
  • I Speak, Write, and Evangelize Creativity! Photo used with permission:
  • And finally…