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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 That Conference Wisconsin Dells, WI 13 August 2013
    • I am: @denisejacobs This fine event: @ThatConference #ThatConference I’m talking about inciting a: #creativityrevolution For the Twitters
    • Conferences
    • Ideas!
    • Dense networks
    • The microcosm
    • People are neurons
    • The initial excitement
    • Taken over by habit
    • How to take it home? Sustain it?
    • And Chief Instigator 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
    • 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
    • Betterness?
    • (R)Evolution != Revolution
    • Two ways
    • 1 Tool + 1 Outlook = 2 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
    • Congratulate yourself
    • Big results
    • Open Space ethos
    • From Spark to Flame
    • Two levels
    • The Personal
    • Are you a terrorist to yourself?
    • You are the gateway
    • Yes, 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
    • Self-ful transfroms to
    • Selfless
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • The Social
    • We need to get our Group on Photo: Denise Jacobs
    • Mo’ people, mo’ creativity
    • Escape your silo
    • Building 20 at MIT
    • Listen
    • 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)
    • “(Almost) everything we know becomes old and out of date.” - Dave Thomas, That Conference keynote, 2013
    • Bigger than just yourself
    • What we do is HUGE
    • Team and company creating Betterness
    • Eudaimonia = Human flourishing
    • At this conference, with you
    • Encourage the eco-system
    • We canevolve creatively
    • Only one way to go
    • Make the switch
    • ‘Nuff said.
    • 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…