The Creativity (R)evolution
Denise R. Jacobs
That Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI
13 August 2013
I am:
@denisejacobs
This fine event:
@ThatConference #ThatConference
I’m talking about inciting a:
#creativityrevolution
F...
Conferences
http://www.flickr.com/photos/toprankblog/2280204274/
Ideas!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjliew/1286367571/
Dense networks
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelastminute/3114650732/
The microcosm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/44568283@N02/4097561067/
People are neurons
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/5988150008/
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/
And Chief Instigator
Photo by Derek Kearney
After writing my first book
Photo: Denise Jacobs
I had an epiphany
http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4055814772/
Creativity is critical
http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
I’m not the only one who thinks so…
http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/the-time-creativity-poll/
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/
Betterness?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nextconference/3504568830/
(R)Evolution != Revolution
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stargardener/7037360553/
Two ways
http://www.flickr.com/photos/boklm/486678763/
1 Tool + 1 Outlook = 2 Awesome
The inspiration
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
Congratulate yourself
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/6297835482/
Big results
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anetq/8543069503/
Open Space ethos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/deanmeyers/6685423387/
From Spark to Flame
Two levels
http://www.flickr.com/photos/atoach/2924362071/
The Personal
Are you a terrorist to yourself?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/koomatuomio/4182554398/
You are the gateway
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/4396790244/
Yes, 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/
It becomes magic
http://www.flickr.com/photos/95268887@N00/3527584479/
Opens you up
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eelssej_/413385838/
Self-ful transfroms to
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kara_allyson/5358611092/
Selfless
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mazgrp/2050810720/
Start with Why
http://www.flickr.com/photos/annnna/2228189828/
Recognize your brilliance
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/
Don’t focus on your weaknesses
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/
You will only improve
10-15 %
(and it will be painful)
Need help? Channel your inner kid
Photo: Denise Jacobs
Pro-tip: get help from the masters
Photo: Nick Garza
Hint: it will feel like play!
Photo: Nick Garza
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 some talk
descriptions based on your interests
and expertise.
Be c...
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/
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
Listen
http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684688/
Really listen
http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684632/
Be generous
Photo: Denise Jacobs
Emotional Bank Accounts
http://www.slideshare.net/lcaum/emotional-bank-accounts-and-trust
“Creativity is social…and comes out of
small teams of twos and threes and
fours and fives and sixes. Instead (of
brainstor...
Get your Improv on
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 ...
Viva La Revolution!
Yeah!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickerbulb/53116195/
Personal fulfillment (aka Happiness)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
“(Almost) everything we know
becomes old and out of date.”
- Dave Thomas,
That Conference keynote, 2013
Bigger than just yourself
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4957946157/
What we do is HUGE
http://www.code.org/
Team and company creating Betterness
Eudaimonia = Human flourishing
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bohman/174718774/
At this conference, with you
http://www.flickr.com/photos/moqub/2745092532/
Encourage the eco-system
We canevolve creatively
http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/6005503875/
Only one way to go
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fragmented/2734290118/
Make the switch
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeathialy/3397362215/
‘Nuff said.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/20872388@N06/5572306965/
My articles for further reading
netmagazine.com/features/
four-secrets-enhancing-
creative-productivity
alistapart.com/art...
My books!
The CSS Detective
Guide
CSSDetectiveGuide.com
InterAct With
Web Standards
InterActWithWebStandards.com
My chapte...
DeniseJacobs.com
denise@denisejacobs.com
twitter.com/denisejacobs
facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom
I Speak, Write, and Evan...
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 That Conference Wisconsin Dells, WI 13 August 2013
  2. 2. I am: @denisejacobs This fine event: @ThatConference #ThatConference I’m talking about inciting a: #creativityrevolution For the Twitters
  3. 3. Conferences http://www.flickr.com/photos/toprankblog/2280204274/
  4. 4. Ideas! http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjliew/1286367571/
  5. 5. Dense networks http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelastminute/3114650732/
  6. 6. The microcosm http://www.flickr.com/photos/44568283@N02/4097561067/
  7. 7. People are neurons http://www.flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/5988150008/
  8. 8. The initial excitement http://www.flickr.com/photos/ableman/543078380/
  9. 9. Taken over by habit http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  10. 10. How to take it home? Sustain it? http://www.flickr.com/photos/debord/4932655275/
  11. 11. And Chief Instigator Photo by Derek Kearney
  12. 12. After writing my first book Photo: Denise Jacobs
  13. 13. I had an epiphany http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4055814772/
  14. 14. Creativity is critical http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  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 (R)Evolution!
  17. 17. All gatherings are opportunities http://www.flickr.com/photos/stella12/6899795110/
  18. 18. Nurture the Creative Spark http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2668216943/
  19. 19. The Roots of (R)Evolution
  20. 20. Who here feels like they are creative? http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/
  21. 21. “Creativity is all about making connections and seeing patterns.” - Bruce Nussbaum, Creativity Intelligence
  22. 22. What is the “creative spark”? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogil/1507585665/
  23. 23. Everyone has it http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaptainkobold/4812035672/
  24. 24. Betterness? http://www.flickr.com/photos/nextconference/3504568830/
  25. 25. (R)Evolution != Revolution http://www.flickr.com/photos/stargardener/7037360553/
  26. 26. Two ways http://www.flickr.com/photos/boklm/486678763/
  27. 27. 1 Tool + 1 Outlook = 2 Awesome
  28. 28. The inspiration
  29. 29. Our model: the coral polyp http://www.flickr.com/photos/drthompson/3689420515/
  30. 30. Builds rich environments http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Coral_Reef.jpg
  31. 31. Creates new land forms http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/23300000/Coral-Reef-Torres-Strait-Island-australia-23340592-1600-1200.jpg
  32. 32. Tiny Habits http://tinyhabits.com/
  33. 33. The structure http://www.flickr.com/photos/anetq/8543067943/
  34. 34. 1.  In the positive 2.  Present tense 2 modifications
  35. 35. Congratulate yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/6297835482/
  36. 36. Big results http://www.flickr.com/photos/anetq/8543069503/
  37. 37. Open Space ethos http://www.flickr.com/photos/deanmeyers/6685423387/
  38. 38. From Spark to Flame
  39. 39. Two levels http://www.flickr.com/photos/atoach/2924362071/
  40. 40. The Personal
  41. 41. Are you a terrorist to yourself? http://www.flickr.com/photos/koomatuomio/4182554398/
  42. 42. You are the gateway http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/4396790244/
  43. 43. Yes, it’s all about you being “self-ful” http://www.flickr.com/photos/siutou_amy/2306794554/
  44. 44. The Oxygen Mask Theory
  45. 45. Love what you do. Do what you love. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmscottimd/616642026/
  46. 46. “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
  47. 47. By nurturing your own spark http://www.flickr.com/photos/aguslepe/5512044294/
  48. 48. It becomes magic http://www.flickr.com/photos/95268887@N00/3527584479/
  49. 49. Opens you up http://www.flickr.com/photos/eelssej_/413385838/
  50. 50. Self-ful transfroms to http://www.flickr.com/photos/kara_allyson/5358611092/
  51. 51. Selfless http://www.flickr.com/photos/mazgrp/2050810720/
  52. 52. Start with Why http://www.flickr.com/photos/annnna/2228189828/
  53. 53. Recognize your brilliance http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/
  54. 54. Don’t focus on your weaknesses http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/
  55. 55. You will only improve 10-15 % (and it will be painful)
  56. 56. Need help? Channel your inner kid Photo: Denise Jacobs
  57. 57. Pro-tip: get help from the masters Photo: Nick Garza
  58. 58. Hint: it will feel like play! Photo: Nick Garza
  59. 59. Feed your soul, don’t kill it
  60. 60. Shift into the habits you want to develop http://www.flickr.com/photos/rene_ehrhardt/2762573549/
  61. 61. 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
  62. 62. Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to nurture the spark ignited at this conference. Homework: Tiny Habits to Nurture the Spark
  63. 63. Your spark deserves to be protected http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2663137942/
  64. 64. The Social
  65. 65. We need to get our Group on Photo: Denise Jacobs
  66. 66. Mo’ people, mo’ creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/international-festival/3019543830/
  67. 67. Escape your silo http://www.flickr.com/photos/coffeemick/5106610165/
  68. 68. Building 20 at MIT
  69. 69. Listen http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684688/
  70. 70. Really listen http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684632/
  71. 71. Be generous Photo: Denise Jacobs
  72. 72. Emotional Bank Accounts http://www.slideshare.net/lcaum/emotional-bank-accounts-and-trust
  73. 73. “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
  74. 74. Get your Improv on http://www.flickr.com/photos/roel1943/5740295789/
  75. 75. Accept the offer, start where you are http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/3446600695/
  76. 76. Use this structure
  77. 77. Make your partner(s) look good http://www.flickr.com/photos/31246066@N04/4597640798/
  78. 78. Builds trust http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
  79. 79. Collaborations get increasingly stronger http://www.flickr.com/photos/schipulites/5407946699/
  80. 80. Eating my own dogfood: Power-Push Writing Photo: Anna B. Scott
  81. 81. Think of 1-2 tiny habits you will do to cultivate a culture of creative collaboration around you. Homework: Tiny Habit of Creative Collaboration
  82. 82. Viva La Revolution!
  83. 83. Yeah! http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickerbulb/53116195/
  84. 84. Personal fulfillment (aka Happiness) http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
  85. 85. “(Almost) everything we know becomes old and out of date.” - Dave Thomas, That Conference keynote, 2013
  86. 86. Bigger than just yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4957946157/
  87. 87. What we do is HUGE http://www.code.org/
  88. 88. Team and company creating Betterness
  89. 89. Eudaimonia = Human flourishing http://www.flickr.com/photos/bohman/174718774/
  90. 90. At this conference, with you http://www.flickr.com/photos/moqub/2745092532/
  91. 91. Encourage the eco-system
  92. 92. We canevolve creatively http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/6005503875/
  93. 93. Only one way to go http://www.flickr.com/photos/fragmented/2734290118/
  94. 94. Make the switch http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeathialy/3397362215/
  95. 95. ‘Nuff said. http://www.flickr.com/photos/20872388@N06/5572306965/
  96. 96. My articles for further reading netmagazine.com/features/ four-secrets-enhancing- creative-productivity alistapart.com/articles/ reigniting-your-creative-spark/ alistapart.com/articles/ banishing-your-inner-critic/
  97. 97. My books! The CSS Detective Guide CSSDetectiveGuide.com InterAct With Web Standards InterActWithWebStandards.com My chapter: “Learning with the Web” Smashing Books #3 & #3 1/3 SmashingBook.com My chapter: “The Missing Element of Redesign: Story”
  98. 98. DeniseJacobs.com denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom I Speak, Write, and Evangelize Creativity! Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/
  99. 99. And finally… http://www.flickr.com/photos/27620885@N02/2609974180/
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