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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 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
    • A Sneeze of laughter
    • Course change
    • Today. Now.
    • Conferences = potential for change
    • Ideas are sparked
    • New social networks
    • The initial excitement
    • Taken over by habit
    • How to take it home? Sustain it?
    • Vocations & Aspirations Photo by Derek Kearney
    • I’m not the only one who thinks so…
    • Creativity is critical
    • Creativity (R)Evolution!
    • All gatherings are opportunities
    • Nurture the Creative Spark
    • The Roots of (R)Evolution
    • Who here feels like they are creative?
    • “Creativity is all about making connections and seeing patterns.” - Bruce Nussbaum, Creativity Intelligence
    • What is the “creative spark”?
    • Everyone has it
    • Umair Haque
    • “The sum total of human effort can add up to not merely more, but to better.” - Umair Haque, Betterness: Economics for Humans
    • Betterness? Betterness!!
    • (R)Evolution ≠ Revolution
    • The Foundation
    • Our model: the coral polyp
    • Builds rich environments
    • Creates new land forms
    • Tiny Habits
    • The structure
    • 2 modifications 1.  In the positive 2.  Present tense
    • Anchor to a current habit
    • Congratulate yourself
    • Big results
    • From Spark to Flame
    • Two levels
    • The Personal
    • Are you a terrorist to yourself?
    • “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
    • 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
    • You’ll begin to open up
    • And then magic happens
    • Self-ful transforms to
    • Selfless
    • “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
    • How?
    • Recognize your brilliance
    • DO NOT focus on your weaknesses
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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 conference.
    • Your spark deserves to be protected
    • Your attitude is a contagion
    • 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.
    • 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
    • “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
    • Over lunch in 1994,_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 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
    • Be the one that starts the process
    • Open Spaces
    • An ethos of openness
    • Improve with Improv
    • 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
    • Homework: Tiny Habit of Creative Collaboration Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to cultivate a culture of creative collaboration around you.
    • Check-in date 7 January 2014
    • Viva La Revolution!
    • Or moreso, Viva la (R)Evolution!
    • Personal fulfillment (aka Happiness)
    • Team and company creating Betterness
    • Bigger than just yourself
    • It’s about you + others
    • The work we do is *HUGE*
    • Poïesis An act that transforms and continues the world. -  Wiktionary ***** A transformative bringing forth - Martin Heidegger, philosopher
    • 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 work is done.” - Umair Haque, Betterness: Economics for Humans
    • Eudaimonia = Human flourishing
    • “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
    • At this conference, with you
    • Encourage the eco-system
    • Remember that we can create better together
    • We can evolve creatively
    • Make the switch
    • Come out of the woods
    • A wise man once said
    • that you want to see in the world
    • And finally…
    • How to find me  Sign up on my mailing list here! Photo used with permission:
    • My articles for further reading four-secrets-enhancingcreative-productivity reigniting-your-creative-spark/ banishing-your-inner-critic/
    • My books! The CSS Detective Guide Smashing Books #3 & #3 1/3 InterAct With Web Standards My chapter: “The Missing Element of Redesign: Story” My chapter: “Learning with the Web”