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The Creativity (R)Evolution

Denise R. Jacobs
Øredev Conference
Malmö, Sweden
7 November 2013
For the Twitters
I am:
@denisejacobs
This fine event:
@oredev #oredev
I’m talking about inciting a:
#creativityrevolution
When 1 != 1
Darwin’s wing man

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drthompson/3689420515/
A Sneeze of laughter

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/girls-laughing-uganda-pod/
Course change
Today. Now.
Conferences = potential for change

http://www.flickr.com/photos/toprankblog/2280204274/
Ideas are sparked

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjliew/1286367571/
New social networks
The initial excitement

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ableman/543078380/
Taken over by habit

http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
How to take it home? Sustain it?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/debord/4932655275/
Vocations & Aspirations

Photo by Derek Kearney
I’m not the only one who thinks so…

http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/the-time-creativity-poll/
Creativity is critical

http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
Creativity (R)Evolution!
All gatherings are opportunities

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stella12/6899795110/
Nurture the Creative Spark

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2668216943/
The Roots of (R)Evolution
Who here feels like they are creative?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/
“Creativity is all about making
connections and seeing
patterns.”
- Bruce Nussbaum,
Creativity Intelligence
What is the “creative spark”?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogil/1507585665/
Everyone has it

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaptainkobold/4812035672/
Umair Haque

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nextconference/3504568830/
“The sum total of human effort
can add up to not merely more,
but to better.”
- Umair Haque, Betterness:
Economics for Hum...
Betterness? Betterness!!
(R)Evolution ≠ Revolution
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stargardener/7037360553/
The Foundation
Our model: the coral polyp

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drthompson/3689420515/
Builds rich environments

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Coral_Reef.jpg
Creates new land forms

http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/23300000/Coral-Reef-Torres-Strait-Island-australia-23340592...
Tiny Habits

http://tinyhabits.com/
The structure

http://www.flickr.com/photos/anetq/8543067943/
2 modifications
1.  In the positive
2.  Present tense
Anchor to a current habit

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobydave/333883245/
Congratulate yourself

http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/6297835482/
Big results

http://www.flickr.com/photos/anetq/8543069503/
From Spark to Flame
Two levels

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fragmented/2734290118/
The Personal
Are you a terrorist to yourself?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/koomatuomio/4182554398/
“Obsessing about preventing bad
things from happening also
prevents good things from
happening, or sometimes
prevents anyt...
You are the gateway

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/4396790244/
It’s all about you being “self-ful”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/siutou_amy/2306794554/
The Oxygen Mask Theory
Love what you do. Do what you love.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmscottimd/616642026/
“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...
By nurturing your own spark

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aguslepe/5512044294/
You’ll begin to open up

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rvm_71/5011353192/
And then magic happens
Self-ful transforms to

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kara_allyson/5358611092/
Selfless

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mazgrp/2050810720/
“One of the best ways to make
yourself happy is to make other
people happy. One of the best
ways to make other people
happ...
How?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyefruit/1097398/
Recognize your brilliance

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/
DO NOT focus on your weaknesses

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/
You will only improve
10-15 %
(and it will be painful)
- Tom Rath, Strengths Finder 2.0
Need help? Channel your inner kid

Photo: Denise Jacobs
The masters will help you

Photo: Nick Garza
Hint: it be easy and/or will feel like play!

Photo: Nick Garza
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Feed your soul, don’t kill it

Photo: Julian Harty
Shift into the habits you want to develop

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rene_ehrhardt/2762573549/
Homework: Write a talk description
Think of several topics you are a
bad-ass in. Write up 1-2 talk
descriptions based on y...
Check-in date
7 December 2013
Homework: Tiny Habits to Nurture the Spark
Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to
nurture the spark ignited at this
confe...
Your spark deserves to be protected

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2663137942/
Your attitude is a contagion
Happiness is contagious
Each happy friend
increased an individual's
probability of being
happy by 9 percent.

Even perfect...
And your change will spread beyond you

http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles19/1330505/projects/5455539/30cbf8c45952cdcf36...
The Social
We need to get our group on

Photo: Denise Jacobs
Mo’ people, mo’ creativity

http://www.flickr.com/photos/international-festival/3019543830/
Escape your silo

http://www.flickr.com/photos/coffeemick/5106610165/
Building 20 at MIT

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/01/30/120130fa_fact_lehrer?currentPage=all
Listen

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684688/
I mean really listen

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684632/
“Getting people together is easy,
but having a culture of getting
them to be good at building
upon each other’s ideas is h...
Over lunch in 1994

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsters,_Inc.
Monsters, Inc was born
“Creativity is social…and comes out of
small teams of twos and threes and
fours and fives and sixes. Instead (of
brainstor...
Be the one that starts the process

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Coral_Reef.jpg
Open Spaces

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sentxd/4232907318/
An ethos of openness

http://www.flickr.com/photos/deanmeyers/6685423387/
Improve with Improv

http://www.flickr.com/photos/roel1943/5740295789/
Accept the offer, start where you are

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/3446600695/
Use this structure
Make your partner(s) look good

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31246066@N04/4597640798/
Builds trust

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
Collaborations get increasingly stronger

http://www.flickr.com/photos/schipulites/5407946699/
Eating my own dogfood: Power-Push Writing

Photo: Anna B. Scott
Homework: Tiny Habit of Creative Collaboration
Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to
cultivate a culture of creative
col...
Check-in date
7 January 2014
Viva La Revolution!
Or moreso, Viva la (R)Evolution!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickerbulb/53116195/
Personal fulfillment (aka Happiness)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
Team and company creating Betterness
Bigger than just yourself

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4958540694/
It’s about you + others

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4957946157/
The work we do is *HUGE*
Poïesis
An act that transforms and
continues the world.
-  Wiktionary
*****
A transformative bringing forth
- Martin Heide...
If this is true, then
You are artists & are Art-ing
“Betterness can't happen if you're
spending your life churning out
toxic junk. It can only happen
when more meaningful wor...
Eudaimonia = Human flourishing

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bohman/174718774/
“Happiness is not just a mood—it’s a
work ethic. Study after…study
proves that happiness precedes
important outcomes and i...
At this conference, with you

http://www.flickr.com/photos/moqub/2745092532/
Encourage the eco-system
Remember that we can create better together
We can evolve creatively

http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/6005503875/
Make the switch

http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeathialy/3397362215/
Come out of the woods
A wise man once said

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4168593521/
that you want to see in the world

http://www.flickr.com/photos/20872388@N06/5572306965/
And finally…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27620885@N02/2609974180/
How to find me
DeniseJacobs.com
 Sign up on my mailing list here!

denise@denisejacobs.com
twitter.com/denisejacobs
faceb...
My articles for further reading
netmagazine.com/features/
four-secrets-enhancingcreative-productivity
alistapart.com/artic...
My books!

The CSS Detective
Guide
CSSDetectiveGuide.com

Smashing Books #3 &
#3 1/3

InterAct With
Web Standards

Smashin...
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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 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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  1. 1. The Creativity (R)Evolution Denise R. Jacobs Øredev Conference Malmö, Sweden 7 November 2013
  2. 2. For the Twitters I am: @denisejacobs This fine event: @oredev #oredev I’m talking about inciting a: #creativityrevolution
  3. 3. When 1 != 1
  4. 4. Darwin’s wing man http://www.flickr.com/photos/drthompson/3689420515/
  5. 5. A Sneeze of laughter http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/girls-laughing-uganda-pod/
  6. 6. Course change
  7. 7. Today. Now.
  8. 8. Conferences = potential for change http://www.flickr.com/photos/toprankblog/2280204274/
  9. 9. Ideas are sparked http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjliew/1286367571/
  10. 10. New social networks
  11. 11. The initial excitement http://www.flickr.com/photos/ableman/543078380/
  12. 12. Taken over by habit http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  13. 13. How to take it home? Sustain it? http://www.flickr.com/photos/debord/4932655275/
  14. 14. Vocations & Aspirations Photo by Derek Kearney
  15. 15. I’m not the only one who thinks so… http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/the-time-creativity-poll/
  16. 16. Creativity is critical http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  17. 17. Creativity (R)Evolution!
  18. 18. All gatherings are opportunities http://www.flickr.com/photos/stella12/6899795110/
  19. 19. Nurture the Creative Spark http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2668216943/
  20. 20. The Roots of (R)Evolution
  21. 21. Who here feels like they are creative? http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/
  22. 22. “Creativity is all about making connections and seeing patterns.” - Bruce Nussbaum, Creativity Intelligence
  23. 23. What is the “creative spark”? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogil/1507585665/
  24. 24. Everyone has it http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaptainkobold/4812035672/
  25. 25. Umair Haque http://www.flickr.com/photos/nextconference/3504568830/
  26. 26. “The sum total of human effort can add up to not merely more, but to better.” - Umair Haque, Betterness: Economics for Humans
  27. 27. Betterness? Betterness!!
  28. 28. (R)Evolution ≠ Revolution http://www.flickr.com/photos/stargardener/7037360553/
  29. 29. The Foundation
  30. 30. Our model: the coral polyp http://www.flickr.com/photos/drthompson/3689420515/
  31. 31. Builds rich environments http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Coral_Reef.jpg
  32. 32. Creates new land forms http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/23300000/Coral-Reef-Torres-Strait-Island-australia-23340592-1600-1200.jpg
  33. 33. Tiny Habits http://tinyhabits.com/
  34. 34. The structure http://www.flickr.com/photos/anetq/8543067943/
  35. 35. 2 modifications 1.  In the positive 2.  Present tense
  36. 36. Anchor to a current habit http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobydave/333883245/
  37. 37. Congratulate yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/6297835482/
  38. 38. Big results http://www.flickr.com/photos/anetq/8543069503/
  39. 39. From Spark to Flame
  40. 40. Two levels http://www.flickr.com/photos/fragmented/2734290118/
  41. 41. The Personal
  42. 42. Are you a terrorist to yourself? http://www.flickr.com/photos/koomatuomio/4182554398/
  43. 43. “Obsessing about preventing bad things from happening also prevents good things from happening, or sometimes prevents anything from happening at all.” - Scott Berkun, The Year Without Pants
  44. 44. You are the gateway http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/4396790244/
  45. 45. It’s all about you being “self-ful” http://www.flickr.com/photos/siutou_amy/2306794554/
  46. 46. The Oxygen Mask Theory
  47. 47. Love what you do. Do what you love. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmscottimd/616642026/
  48. 48. “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
  49. 49. By nurturing your own spark http://www.flickr.com/photos/aguslepe/5512044294/
  50. 50. You’ll begin to open up http://www.flickr.com/photos/rvm_71/5011353192/
  51. 51. And then magic happens
  52. 52. Self-ful transforms to http://www.flickr.com/photos/kara_allyson/5358611092/
  53. 53. Selfless http://www.flickr.com/photos/mazgrp/2050810720/
  54. 54. “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
  55. 55. How? http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyefruit/1097398/
  56. 56. Recognize your brilliance http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/
  57. 57. DO NOT focus on your weaknesses http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/
  58. 58. You will only improve 10-15 % (and it will be painful) - Tom Rath, Strengths Finder 2.0
  59. 59. Need help? Channel your inner kid Photo: Denise Jacobs
  60. 60. The masters will help you Photo: Nick Garza
  61. 61. Hint: it be easy and/or will feel like play! Photo: Nick Garza
  62. 62. R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  63. 63. Feed your soul, don’t kill it Photo: Julian Harty
  64. 64. Shift into the habits you want to develop http://www.flickr.com/photos/rene_ehrhardt/2762573549/
  65. 65. Homework: Write a talk description Think of several topics you are a bad-ass in. Write up 1-2 talk descriptions based on your interests and expertise. Be courageous and share them with peers.
  66. 66. Check-in date 7 December 2013
  67. 67. Homework: Tiny Habits to Nurture the Spark Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to nurture the spark ignited at this conference.
  68. 68. Your spark deserves to be protected http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2663137942/
  69. 69. Your attitude is a contagion
  70. 70. Happiness is contagious Each happy friend increased an individual's probability of being happy by 9 percent. Even perfect strangers three degrees of separation away— friends of friends of friends—exerted a significant uplifting influence Unhappy people at the center of the network are more likely than those at the periphery to become happy in the future. http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/17-10/ff_christakis?currentPage=all
  71. 71. And your change will spread beyond you http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles19/1330505/projects/5455539/30cbf8c45952cdcf360ef545b1dcaba9.jpg
  72. 72. The Social
  73. 73. We need to get our group on Photo: Denise Jacobs
  74. 74. Mo’ people, mo’ creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/international-festival/3019543830/
  75. 75. Escape your silo http://www.flickr.com/photos/coffeemick/5106610165/
  76. 76. Building 20 at MIT http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/01/30/120130fa_fact_lehrer?currentPage=all
  77. 77. Listen http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684688/
  78. 78. I mean really listen http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684632/
  79. 79. “Getting people together is easy, but having a culture of getting them to be good at building upon each other’s ideas is hard.” - David Kelly, Founder of IDEO
  80. 80. Over lunch in 1994 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsters,_Inc.
  81. 81. Monsters, Inc was born
  82. 82. “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
  83. 83. Be the one that starts the process http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Coral_Reef.jpg
  84. 84. Open Spaces http://www.flickr.com/photos/sentxd/4232907318/
  85. 85. An ethos of openness http://www.flickr.com/photos/deanmeyers/6685423387/
  86. 86. Improve with Improv http://www.flickr.com/photos/roel1943/5740295789/
  87. 87. Accept the offer, start where you are http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/3446600695/
  88. 88. Use this structure
  89. 89. Make your partner(s) look good http://www.flickr.com/photos/31246066@N04/4597640798/
  90. 90. Builds trust http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
  91. 91. Collaborations get increasingly stronger http://www.flickr.com/photos/schipulites/5407946699/
  92. 92. Eating my own dogfood: Power-Push Writing Photo: Anna B. Scott
  93. 93. Homework: Tiny Habit of Creative Collaboration Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to cultivate a culture of creative collaboration around you.
  94. 94. Check-in date 7 January 2014
  95. 95. Viva La Revolution!
  96. 96. Or moreso, Viva la (R)Evolution! http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickerbulb/53116195/
  97. 97. Personal fulfillment (aka Happiness) http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
  98. 98. Team and company creating Betterness
  99. 99. Bigger than just yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4958540694/
  100. 100. It’s about you + others http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4957946157/
  101. 101. The work we do is *HUGE*
  102. 102. Poïesis An act that transforms and continues the world. -  Wiktionary ***** A transformative bringing forth - Martin Heidegger, philosopher
  103. 103. If this is true, then
  104. 104. You are artists & are Art-ing
  105. 105. “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
  106. 106. Eudaimonia = Human flourishing http://www.flickr.com/photos/bohman/174718774/
  107. 107. “Happiness is not just a mood—it’s a work ethic. Study after…study proves that happiness precedes important outcomes and indicators of thriving. Happiness is actually the precursor to success.” - Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
  108. 108. At this conference, with you http://www.flickr.com/photos/moqub/2745092532/
  109. 109. Encourage the eco-system
  110. 110. Remember that we can create better together
  111. 111. We can evolve creatively http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/6005503875/
  112. 112. Make the switch http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeathialy/3397362215/
  113. 113. Come out of the woods
  114. 114. A wise man once said http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4168593521/
  115. 115. that you want to see in the world http://www.flickr.com/photos/20872388@N06/5572306965/
  116. 116. And finally… http://www.flickr.com/photos/27620885@N02/2609974180/
  117. 117. How to find me DeniseJacobs.com  Sign up on my mailing list here! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/
  118. 118. My articles for further reading netmagazine.com/features/ four-secrets-enhancingcreative-productivity alistapart.com/articles/ reigniting-your-creative-spark/ alistapart.com/articles/ banishing-your-inner-critic/
  119. 119. My books! The CSS Detective Guide CSSDetectiveGuide.com Smashing Books #3 & #3 1/3 InterAct With Web Standards SmashingBook.com InterActWithWebStandards.com My chapter: “The Missing Element of Redesign: Story” My chapter: “Learning with the Web”
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