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Immediate Inspiration


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This presentation explores concepts around the sources of inspiration and ideas and practices for eliminating blocks and accessing the spark when you need it to develop and execute great work.

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Immediate Inspiration

  1. ImmediateInspiration Denise R. Jacobs // ParisWeb // Paris, France // le 14 Octobre 2011 //
  2. For the Twitter inspired: I am: @denisejacobs We’re at: @parisweb #pariswebI’m waxing philosophic about: #inspirationon
  3. Chief inspired one: Denise Jacobs Author, Trainer & Creativity Evangelist
  4. On Inspiration
  5. InspireOrigin: 1300–50; Middle English inspiren < Latin inspīrāre to breathe upon or into, equivalent to in- + spīrāre to breatheDefinition:1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence2. to give rise to, bring about, cause, etc.3. to guide or control by divine influence.4. Archaic: a. to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing. b. to breathe into or upon.
  6. Not this…
  7. Or this..
  8. But this!
  9. Real world inspiration
  10. Elusive when needed
  11. Comes unheralded
  12. Inspiration Arc
  13. What gets you to
  14. So you never run
  15. Some ideas on where to
  16. Envision (externalize and invite)
  17. Helpful delusion“Sometimes dabbling in mysticism can be a fun way to understand and solve a problem.”- King, So you’re a Creative Genius, Now What?
  18. Externalize
  19. “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
  20. Who are these entities?
  21. Genius
  22. What is genius?“Genius is being able to understand the essence without having all of the information….Genius is the ability to see through to the essential.”
  23. Be one?
  24. …Or “have” one?As 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.
  25. Muses
  26. MusesThe three original muses:• Mneme - memory• Melete – practice or occasion• Aoide – voiceMuses were thought to be the truespeakers for whom an artist is merelythe mouthpiece. Muses inspire peopleto do their best.
  27. Memory
  28. Practice
  29. Voice
  30. Spirit of the Idea
  31. Ideas are looking for you“The world is being circled by ideas and creativity that wants to made manifest and are looking for portals to come through…”
  32. “…If you don’t do it, it will find someone else.” - Elizabeth Gilbert
  33. We are avatars
  34. How?
  35. Invite
  36. Not like this…“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.”
  37. Be nice
  38. They’ll show you love
  39. Adjust
  40. Eliminate Blocks
  41. DestructivityFEAR (“false evidence appearingreal” or “f*ck everything and run”)causes unnecessary inhibitions whichobstruct the generation of newideas on a biochemical andneurological level.
  42. Inner critic
  43. Impostor syndrome
  44. Comparing
  45. Frenetic busy-ness
  46. An alternative
  47. ManageYour Brain
  48. Lower Filters
  49. Go Alpha
  50. Increase electric flow
  51. How?
  52. Willingness
  53. Walk
  54. Water
  55. Music
  56. Habit fields
  57. Seek Inspiration
  58. Inspiration Sources
  59. Biophilia
  60. The work of others
  61. Simple/crude
  62. Classic
  63. Quotidian
  64. Whimsical
  65. SerendipityThe term serendipitywas coined by HoraceWalpole, from thePersian fairy tale "TheThree Princes ofSerendip," whoseheroes "were alwaysmaking discoveries, byaccidents and sagacity,of things they were notin quest of.“ -
  66. “Intention guides serendipity, which fuels inspired ideation.”- Denise Jacobs, Immediate Inspiration
  67. Gather Sparks
  68. Collect & Curate
  69. “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”- Goethe
  70. Tools• • Evernote• • Diigo• • Delicious• • Flickr••
  71. Why?
  72. Jump-off points
  73. Generate (ideate)
  74. Do!!!!!
  75. Do It Yourself (DIY)
  76. Pursue problems to solve
  77. Prototype & IterateTry something. Get feedback. Tinker andrefine. Get more feedback. Repeat.
  78. 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
  79. What?
  80. Flow happens• Clear work area, time, head• Knowing what you want to achieve and what it looks like• Materials on hand• No distractions• Practicing, and allowing it to come out
  81. What can you elicit?
  82. Do It With Others (DIWO)
  83. Intellectual diversity
  84. Collaborate
  85. Improvise. Plus.
  86. Share
  87. There’s no rush• 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
  88. Result: great ideas
  89. “Chance favors the connected mind.”– Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  90. Capture
  91. Write
  92. Sketch
  93. Write & Sketch
  94. Voice
  95. See. Believe.
  96. Watch what happens
  97. Inspiration is all around you
  98. The.Best.Feeling.Ever.
  99. Create your own…deliberately
  100. Go from this…
  101. To this…
  102. Unleash inspired creativity
  103. A Vous!
  104. Further reading
  105. Resources denisejacobs/inspirationon
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  108. How to find
  109. Thank You!