Creativity revolution - SXSW Interactive 2014


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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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Creativity revolution - SXSW Interactive 2014

  1. The Creativity (R)evolution Denise R. Jacobs South by Southwest Interactive Austin, Texas 8 March 2014
  2. I am: @denisejacobs This fine event: @sxsw #sxsw #sxswi I’m talking about inciting a: Creativity #REvolution For the Twitters
  3. When 1 ≠ 1
  4. Darwin’s wing man
  5. A Sneeze of laughter
  6. Course change
  7. Today. Now.
  8. Conferences = potential for change
  9. Ideas are sparked
  10. New social networks
  11. The initial excitement
  12. Taken over by habit
  13. How to take it home? Sustain it?
  14. Vocations & Aspirations Photo by Derek Kearney
  15. I’m not the only one who thinks so…
  16. Creativity is critical
  17. Creativity (R)Evolution!
  18. All gatherings are opportunities
  19. Nurture the Creative Spark
  20. The Roots of (R)Evolution
  21. Who here feels like they are creative?
  22. “Creativity is all about making connections and seeing patterns.” - Bruce Nussbaum, Creativity Intelligence
  23. What is the “creative spark”?
  24. Everyone has it
  25. Umair Haque
  26. “The sum total of human effort can add up to not merely more, but to better.” - Umair Haque, Betterness: Economics for Humans
  27. Betterness? Betterness!!
  28. (R)Evolution ≠ Revolution
  29. The Foundation
  30. Our model: the coral polyp
  31. Builds rich environments
  32. Creates new land forms
  33. Tiny Habits
  34. The structure
  35. 1.  In the positive 2.  Present tense 2 modifications
  36. Anchor to a current habit
  37. Congratulate yourself
  38. Big results
  39. From Spark to Flame
  40. Two levels
  41. The Personal
  42. Are you a terrorist to yourself?
  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. You are the gateway
  45. It’s all about you being “self-ful”
  46. The Oxygen Mask Theory
  47. Love what you do. Do what you love.
  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. By nurturing your own spark
  50. You’ll begin to open up
  51. And then magic happens
  52. Self-ful transforms to
  53. Selfless
  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. How?
  56. Recognize your brilliance
  57. DO NOT focus on your weaknesses
  58. You will only improve 10-15 % (and it will be painful) - Tom Rath, Strengths Finder 2.0
  59. Enjoy + Good at + Feeling Empowered
  60. = Empowered Play
  61. Also =
  62. Power Pose
  63. Need help? Channel your inner kid Photo: Denise Jacobs
  64. The masters will help you Photo: Nick Garza
  65. Hint: it be easy and/or will feel like play! Photo: Nick Garza
  66. R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  67. Photo: Julian Harty Feed your soul, don’t kill it
  68. Shift into the habits you want to develop
  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. 8 April 2014 Check-in date
  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. Your spark deserves to be protected
  74. Your attitude is a contagion
  75. 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.
  76. And your change will spread beyond you
  77. The Social
  78. We need to get our group on Photo: Denise Jacobs
  79. Mo’ people, mo’ creativity
  80. Escape your silo
  81. Building 20 at MIT
  82. Listen
  83. I mean really listen
  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. Over lunch in 1994,_Inc.
  86. Monsters, Inc was born
  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. Be the one that starts the process
  89. Be like Molly
  90. Open Spaces
  91. An ethos of openness
  92. Improve with Improv
  93. Accept the offer, start where you are
  94. Use this structure
  95. Make your partner(s) look good
  96. Builds trust
  97. Collaborations get increasingly stronger
  98. Eating my own dogfood: Power-Push Writing Photo: Anna B. Scott
  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. 8 May 2014 Check-in date
  101. Viva La Revolution!
  102. Or moreso, Viva la (R)Evolution!
  103. Personal fulfillment (aka Happiness)
  104. Team and company creating Betterness
  105. Bigger than just yourself
  106. It’s about You + Others
  107. The work we do is *HUGE*
  108. Poïesis An act that transforms and continues the world. -  Wiktionary ***** A transformative bringing forth - Martin Heidegger, philosopher
  109. If this is true, then
  110. You are artists & are Art-ing
  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. Eudaimonia = Human flourishing
  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. Today, at SXSW, with you
  115. Encourage the eco-system
  116. Remember that we can create better together
  117. We can evolve creatively
  118. Make the switch
  119. A wise man once said
  120. that you want to see in the world
  121. And finally…
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