The Creativity (R)evolution
Denise R. Jacobs
South by Southwest Interactive
Austin, Texas
8 March 2014
I am:
@denisejacobs
This fine event:
@sxsw #sxsw #sxswi
I’m talking about inciting a:
Creativity #REvolution
For the Twitt...
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/
1.  In the positive
2.  Present tense
2 modifications
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
Enjoy + Good at + Feeling Empowered
http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/
= Empowered Play
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8216666102/
Also =
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thirteenthnile/4546397775/
Power Pose
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
Photo: Julian Harty
Feed your soul, don’t kill it
Shift into the habits you want to develop
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rene_ehrhardt/2762573549/
Think of several topics you are a
bad-ass in. Write up 1-2 talk
descriptions based on your
interests and expertise.
Be cou...
8 April 2014
Check-in date
creativity-revolution.com/at-sxsw
Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to
nurture the spark ignited at this
conference.
Homework: Tiny Habits to Nurture the...
Your spark deserves to be protected
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2663137942/
Your attitude is a contagion
Happiness is contagious
http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/17-10/ff_christakis?currentPage=all
Each happy friend...
And your change will spread beyond you
http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles19/1330505/projects/5455539/30cbf8c45952cdcf360...
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
Be like Molly
http://www.flickr.com/photos/janbrasna/112338913/
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
Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to
cultivate a culture of creative
collaboration around you.
Homework: Tiny Habit of ...
8 May 2014
Check-in date
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...
Today, at SXSW, 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/
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/
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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 South by Southwest Interactive Austin, Texas 8 March 2014
  2. 2. I am: @denisejacobs This fine event: @sxsw #sxsw #sxswi I’m talking about inciting a: Creativity #REvolution For the Twitters
  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. 1.  In the positive 2.  Present tense 2 modifications
  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. Enjoy + Good at + Feeling Empowered http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/
  60. 60. = Empowered Play http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8216666102/
  61. 61. Also =
  62. 62. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thirteenthnile/4546397775/ Power Pose
  63. 63. Need help? Channel your inner kid Photo: Denise Jacobs
  64. 64. The masters will help you Photo: Nick Garza
  65. 65. Hint: it be easy and/or will feel like play! Photo: Nick Garza
  66. 66. R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  67. 67. Photo: Julian Harty Feed your soul, don’t kill it
  68. 68. Shift into the habits you want to develop http://www.flickr.com/photos/rene_ehrhardt/2762573549/
  69. 69. 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. Homework: Write a talk description
  70. 70. 8 April 2014 Check-in date
  71. 71. creativity-revolution.com/at-sxsw
  72. 72. Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to nurture the spark ignited at this conference. Homework: Tiny Habits to Nurture the Spark
  73. 73. Your spark deserves to be protected http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2663137942/
  74. 74. Your attitude is a contagion
  75. 75. Happiness is contagious http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/17-10/ff_christakis?currentPage=all 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.
  76. 76. And your change will spread beyond you http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles19/1330505/projects/5455539/30cbf8c45952cdcf360ef545b1dcaba9.jpg
  77. 77. The Social
  78. 78. We need to get our group on Photo: Denise Jacobs
  79. 79. Mo’ people, mo’ creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/international-festival/3019543830/
  80. 80. Escape your silo http://www.flickr.com/photos/coffeemick/5106610165/
  81. 81. Building 20 at MIT http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/01/30/120130fa_fact_lehrer?currentPage=all
  82. 82. Listen http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684688/
  83. 83. I mean really listen http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684632/
  84. 84. “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
  85. 85. Over lunch in 1994 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsters,_Inc.
  86. 86. Monsters, Inc was born
  87. 87. “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
  88. 88. Be the one that starts the process http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Coral_Reef.jpg
  89. 89. Be like Molly http://www.flickr.com/photos/janbrasna/112338913/
  90. 90. Open Spaces http://www.flickr.com/photos/sentxd/4232907318/
  91. 91. An ethos of openness http://www.flickr.com/photos/deanmeyers/6685423387/
  92. 92. Improve with Improv http://www.flickr.com/photos/roel1943/5740295789/
  93. 93. Accept the offer, start where you are http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/3446600695/
  94. 94. Use this structure
  95. 95. Make your partner(s) look good http://www.flickr.com/photos/31246066@N04/4597640798/
  96. 96. Builds trust http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
  97. 97. Collaborations get increasingly stronger http://www.flickr.com/photos/schipulites/5407946699/
  98. 98. Eating my own dogfood: Power-Push Writing Photo: Anna B. Scott
  99. 99. Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to cultivate a culture of creative collaboration around you. Homework: Tiny Habit of Creative Collaboration
  100. 100. 8 May 2014 Check-in date
  101. 101. Viva La Revolution!
  102. 102. Or moreso, Viva la (R)Evolution! http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickerbulb/53116195/
  103. 103. Personal fulfillment (aka Happiness) http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
  104. 104. Team and company creating Betterness
  105. 105. Bigger than just yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4958540694/
  106. 106. It’s about You + Others http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4957946157/
  107. 107. The work we do is *HUGE*
  108. 108. Poïesis An act that transforms and continues the world. -  Wiktionary ***** A transformative bringing forth - Martin Heidegger, philosopher
  109. 109. If this is true, then
  110. 110. You are artists & are Art-ing
  111. 111. “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
  112. 112. Eudaimonia = Human flourishing http://www.flickr.com/photos/bohman/174718774/
  113. 113. “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
  114. 114. Today, at SXSW, with you http://www.flickr.com/photos/moqub/2745092532/
  115. 115. Encourage the eco-system
  116. 116. Remember that we can create better together
  117. 117. We can evolve creatively http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/6005503875/
  118. 118. Make the switch http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeathialy/3397362215/
  119. 119. A wise man once said http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4168593521/
  120. 120. that you want to see in the world http://www.flickr.com/photos/20872388@N06/5572306965/
  121. 121. And finally… http://www.flickr.com/photos/27620885@N02/2609974180/
  122. 122. DeniseJacobs.com  Sign up on my mailing list here! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs How to find me Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/
  123. 123. Creavity-Revolution.com
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