The Art of Disciplined Creativity


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Ideas and practices for regularly gathering sources of inspiration, eliminating blocks to more easily access creative states, prolong them, and leverage their power to develop and execute great work.

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The Art of Disciplined Creativity

  1. The Art ofDisciplined Creativity Denise R. Jacobs Refresh Boston May 2011
  2. The Art of Social Media The Artist: @denisejacobs The Medium: @refreshboston The Subject: #creativityhabit
  3. The Artist Still Known as Denise Jacobs Speaker, Trainer, Author, Pan-Creative
  4. OnCreativity
  5. “Creativity is about embracing paradox. Creativity is the merging of two incongruent ideas.”- Frank Chimero, Build Conference Nov. 2010, The Shape of Design
  6. What’s the point?Concepts, ideas, tips to help you instill practices that will encourage you to become even more conversant and better able to collaborate with your creativity.
  7. We are alchemists
  8. “Creativity is magical, but is not magic.”- Charles Limb, Your Brain on Improvisation TED talk
  9. Structure, Discipline, Path
  10. The Art ofDisciplined Creativity
  11. ThreeFacets ofThe Way
  12. Three Facets of The Way1. The Path of One2. It Takes Two3. The Way of Many
  13. The Path of One
  14. The Path of One1. Habits to release2. Habits to incorporate3. Outcomes
  15. Habits to Release
  16. Habits to Release• Fire your inner critic• Get over impostor syndrome• Eliminate distractions
  17. Fire your inner critic
  18. Exorcise those evil voicesFEAR (“false evidence appearing real” or “f*ck everything and run”) causes unnecessary inhibitions which obstruct the generation of new ideas on a biochemical and neurological level.
  19. Get over impostor syndrome
  20. Drop comparisons
  21. Eliminate distractions
  22. Communication addiction
  23. Habits toIncorporate
  24. Habits to Incorporate• Show up everyday• Gather up goodness• Get it down• Get physical• Relax. Open. Let go. Receive.
  25. Show up everyday
  26. Clarify and strengthen habit fields
  27. Work with time
  28. Be willing
  29. Gather up Goodness
  30. “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”- Goethe
  31. Collect and Curate
  32. Tools• • Evernote• • Diigo• • Delicious• • Flickr•
  33. Get it down
  34. Capture ideas as they come
  35. Sketchnotes, mind-mapping, etc.
  36. Voice
  37. Get physical
  38. Take a walk
  39. Balances your brain
  40. Think with your hands
  41. Relax. Open. Let Go. Receive.
  42. Calm your brain cells
  43. Suck at it (or be wrong)• “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.”• – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  44. “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”- Dr. Edwin Land
  45. Reframe #fail
  46. Delegate
  47. Outcomes
  48. Outcomes• Express. Produce.• Flow
  49. Express. Produce.
  50. What you produce is unique• Find your voice and sing your song• Create what you want to see/use• (Gather like an aficiando and) Repurpose like an artist
  51. Find Flow
  52. The stage is set for Flow• Clear a space – work area, time, head• Have a goal: know what you want to achieve and what it looks like• Have the necessary materials on hand• Eliminate distractions• Practice• Don’t force it
  53. It Takes Two
  54. It Takes Two• Externalize• Invite
  55. “Creation does not have to be a tormented process – it can be a peculiar, wondrous, bizarre conversation and collaboration between you and the strange external entity that is not quite you.”- Elizabeth Gilbert, Nuturing
  56. Externalize
  57. Genius
  58. “Genius is being able to understand the essence without having all of the information….Genius is the ability to see through to the essential.”
  59. Bring out your inner GeniusAs opposed to “being” a genius, consider that you have a genius – a mystical spirit that accompanies you and inspires and helps you to create fantastic work.
  60. Muses
  61. MusesThree original muses:• Melete - practice or occasion• Aoide – voice or song• Mneme – memoryMuses were thought to be the true speakers for whom an artist is merely the mouthpiece. Muses inspire people to do their best.
  62. Ideas & Creative Spark“The world is being circled by ideas and creativity that wants to made manifest and are looking for portals to come through…”
  63. “…If you don’t do it, it will find someone else.” - Elizabeth Gilbert
  64. You are an avatar for ideas
  65. Extend an Invitation
  66. You’re Doin’ It Wrong“My f*cking book won’t tell me its name!”“Well, if you’re going to talk to it like that, it’s not going to tell you anything.”
  67. Sweet talk your ideas
  68. Engage in regular dialogue
  69. The Way of Many
  70. The Way of Many• Collective Ideation• Collaborate: Share and learn,• Teach and Master
  71. Collective Ideation
  72. The Goal:To be whirling in a melee of ideas!
  73. Incubate
  74. Ideas are a network…not an event.
  75. • Ideas are cobbled together from whatever we have nearby (or invite to come to us)• Ideas are borne from chaotic social environments
  76. Intellectual diversity• Immerse yourself in intellectually diverse environments
  77. This will allow for slow hunches
  78. Slow Hunch tips• Give ideas time to simmer, to develop into hunches• Ideas often have long incubation periods: they fade into view over time• Share hunches with others – this sets the stage for the aha/eureka moment
  79. Collaborate: Share and Learn
  80. Share time and mind• Invite others to wonder with you• Share mistakes – show your imperfections (both you and others can learn from it)
  81. Make little betsThe creative process is a hands-on experiment.• Try something. Get feedback. Refine. Get more feedback.• process: observe, suggest, tinker, review feedback, reiterate
  82. Teach and Master
  83. “To learn, read. To know, write. To master, teach.”
  84. Taking it up a notchTeaching combines everything that has been mentioned and takes knowledge and ideas to a whole new level.
  85. Disciplineis Victory
  86. The goal: creative confidence“…the confidence that, when given a difficult problem, we have a methodology that enables us to come up with a solution that nobody has before.”David Kelley, Ideo
  87. It does work
  88. “Chance favors the connected mind.”– Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  89. “Inspiration favors the creatively disciplined mind.”- Denise Jacobs, The Art of Disciplined Creativity
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