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Infinite Possibilities - How Interactive Conference, San Francisco


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Sometimes making choices in our career paths is difficult. Wouldn't it be helpful to have guidelines to help us make decisions that open up your options rather than shut them down? Discover how choosing creativity, a growth mindset, finding your Flow, and being a Maker puts you on the path of having infinite possibilities in your career, creating a clear path to a future where you can not only be awesome, but also do meaningful work.

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Infinite Possibilities - How Interactive Conference, San Francisco

  1. Possibilities Infinite Denise R. Jacobs HOW Interactive Conferecne | San Francisco, CA 20 September 2015
  2. @denisejacobs #HIDC @HOWbrand #infinitepossible
  3. Get the slides, y’all!
  4. Photo by Derek Kearney From Front-end Dev à Creativity Evangelist
  5. à Founder + CEO/Chief Creativity Evangelist
  6. 1,1,2,3…
  7. It’s the new Black
  8. IBM CEO Study, 2010
  9. Time Magazine Creativity Poll, 2013
  10. Survey of 684 Developers
  11. We have it, then we lose it.
  12. This is Water.
  13. You are powerfully creative
  14. Curiousity Problem-solvers (experiential & visual) Critical Thinkers Empathic, Humanizers Collaborative Masters of strategic simplification Some of the many gifts of UX Designers
  15. “User experience is an art form of its own.” – Carrie Cousins, “Why Does User Experience Matter?”
  16. Science and Art meet in Wonder
  17. “…A fantastic UX creates an emotional bond, causing users and customers to become advocates.” – Jennifer Smith, "Why UX is important"
  18. Can even elicit devotion
  19. “I just LOVE (insert device/app/site)!”
  20. Now is the time to value yourself
  21. “The new scarcity: the time, energy, and brainpower of bright, creative people.” - Mary Poppendieck, “Think For Yourself”
  22. How to move forward?
  23. The Dark or the Light
  24. It starts with One
  25. The pattern of nature
  26. We are part of this pattern
  27. The Golden Ratio
  28. Everything comes from this divine unfolding
  29. What direction should you go?
  30. Making one solid choice is the beginning
  31. The paradox of choice
  32. CHOOSE
  33. Non-Creative or Creative?
  34. & Who here is creative?
  35. “Creativity is all about making connections and seeing patterns.” Bruce Nussbaum, Creative Intelligence
  36. Child, please.
  37. My response:
  38. Internal fears = Inner Critic Photo: Denise Jacobs
  39. In Tibetan, creative = natural
  40. Creativity ≠ Trying to be Creative
  41. Trying ≠ Practicing
  42. “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
  43. “If I try to be creative, rather than just accepting that I am creative, I fail.” Andrew J. Epstein
  44. Not about effort
  45. More like breathing
  46. Like breathing, you can build
  47. Get in tune with the process
  48. What’s your creative frequency?
  49. Listen/tune in
  50. Filter out the background noise Photo: Denise Jacobs
  51. Frequency: Occurrence
  52. Frequency: Practice
  53. Become an idea machine
  54. Challenge/Homework: Ten Ideas a day
  55. “Deciding for creativity does not guarantee that creativity will emerge, but without the decision, it certainly will not.” – Robert Sternberg
  56. Decide upon Creativity. Choose it. Then, amplify your creative frequency.
  57. Fixed or Growth Mindset?
  58. Mindset, by Carol Dweck
  59. Which looks more familiar?
  60. Fixed mindset
  61. Perfection Talent Ability Accomplishment Comparison Fixed Mindset focused on
  62. “Maybe I don’t have enough talent.” “What if I fail?” “If I don’t try, I can protect my dignity.” “It’s not my fault. It’s something/someone else’s.”
  63. (Sounds an awful lot like the Inner Critic, no?)
  64. Perfectionist?
  65. Growth Mindset
  66. Learning Willingness to fail Curiosity Expansion Being self-referential Growth Mindset focused on
  67. Embrace and enjoy learning
  68. How do you change from Fixed to Growth?
  69. 1) Listen for your Fixed Mindset voice
  70. 2) Recognize that you have a choice
  71. 3) Talk back to it with a growth mindset voice
  72. “I can learn to do this with time & effort.” “Most successful people have had failure along the way.” “If I don’t try, I automatically fail.” “If I don’t take responsibility, I can’t fix it.”
  73. 4) Take growth mindset action
  74. Growth Mindset actions
  75. & Adopt a beginner’s mind
  76. Release the Tyranny of the Expert
  77. Rediscover the familiar
  78. Re-learn something from a friend
  79. Learn something entirely new
  80. In my own life: learning Improv Photo: Denise Jacobs
  81. Learning from experience is key
  82. “I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…Idividetheworldintothe learnersandnonlearners.” – Benjamin Barber, Sociologist
  83. Approach everything with openness and eagerness. Increase your knowledge and expand yourself.
  84. Blocked or in Flow?
  85. Creative blocks?
  86. Fears
  87. Creative Flow
  88. Is @ the Sweet Spot
  89. Enjoy + Good at + Feeling Empowered
  90. = Empowered Play
  91. Aka
  92. Your brain on Flow
  93. Flow banishes the Inner Critic!
  94. The Flow “Afterglow”
  95. How do you reach Flow?
  96. 1) Get in touch with your brilliance
  97. 2) Have clear goals
  98. 3) Uninterrupted, focused time
  99. “How to ruin (developer) productivity”
  100. My Father built airplanes in his spare time Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  101. (Instill the Headphones Rule)
  102. Helps create space for ideas
  103. 4) Balance of risk & challenge
  104. The Flow Channel exits between the two
  105. 5) Immediate feedback
  106. Find your Flow to dispel fears and experience continuous creative growth.
  107. Taker or Maker?
  108. …Has little regard for their potential to shape the future or ability to take action on issues that truly motivate them. A Taker…
  109. …A maker’s work is characterized by morality, creativity, craftsmanship, and purposed problem solving. They view their work through the lens of service. A Maker…
  110. “….Makers choose their work based on impact and happiness.” Jason Cavnar, "Why developers should start choosing conscience over profit"
  111. Up-level your Makership-ness
  112. 1) Stay a passionate problem-solver
  113. 2) Make “Bug” Lists
  114. 3) Cultivate a healthy disregard for the impossible
  115. 4) Be clear on your “Why”
  116. Infuse meaning
  117. Whom are you helping?
  118. 5) Choose bigger, more creative problems to solve
  119. 6) Spur creative thinking at scale,_Inc.
  120. By using this:
  121. Like folks at Pixar
  122. Make things that matter – to both you and others.
  124. What do you get?
  125. Life is complex and so are decisions
  126. Two tracks
  128. Guidelines; stars to navigate by
  129. “Clarity brings about purpose, purpose brings about action, action brings about change.” – Joel Yeo
  131. Mobilize a dormant creative confidence
  132. While we can’t predict the future
  133. Because of the unknown
  134. THIS
  135. “We are the creators of the future.” Umair Haque, “How to Have a Year That Matters”
  136. “Everyone is a designer.” Photo: Denise Jacobs
  137. You are Master Creators
  138. Making them should be easier
  139. Critical
  140. Not creative Fixed mindset Blocked Taking what you can get All too familiar with this
  142. This is your compass
  143. Creativity is your True North
  144. All of space-time started with a singularity 1,1,2,3…
  145. Just as the Universe is expanding, so are we
  146. An reiterative process Photo: Denise Jacobs
  147. Now you have more tools
  148. “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  149. Remember how powerful you are
  150. You design, shape, & guide experiences
  151. For one person
  152. Or for many
  153. Harness emotion and create connection
  154. “Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose.” Charles Du Bos
  155. The choice is clear
  156. Choose
  157. Get the slides, y’all!
  158. THE CREATIVE DOSE A Creativity + Innovation Collective Work Better. Create More. Create Betterness. Creative Thinking & Problem-solving Applying an Innovation Mindset Creative Collaboration Team Communication & Cohesion @thecreativedose
  159. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
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  162. And finally…