Creative Living License to be   YOU With   ADHD
“ The creative process is both predictable and unpredictable. It is both composition and improvisation. There is a balance...
Objective <ul><li>Qualify the relevance of creativity, particularly for those with AD/HD
Describe and define creative living
Inspire hope that anyone can be creative
Equip with the guidelines toward creativity </li></ul>
Agenda <ul><li>Relevance of Creativity
Creativity
Creative Living </li></ul>
RELEVANCE OF CREATIVITY
Relevance of Creativity <ul><li>Success factor for adults with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD
Problem solving
Introduce newness and/or improvement
Enriches culture and life
Expression of emotion/energy </li></ul>CHAD -Charter High School for  Architecture and Design Dave Brubeck performs to Ans...
Relevance of Creativity <ul><li>It moves focus from self onto something new
It is a generative – life-giving process
It relieves tension
Increase daily wonder and excitement
Revitalizes thinking about life
Works your right brain
Expands sense of self (through self-forgetfulness) </li></ul>
Right and Left Brain Creativity works two hemispheres of the brain: Left hemisphere Right hemisphere Sequential Simultaneo...
WHAT IS CREATIVITY
Process “ a process by which a symbolic domain in the culture is changed. New songs, new ideas, new machines are what crea...
Process CREATIVITY
System According to Csikszentmihalyi, creativity is found in a system consisting of: <ul><li>“ a culture that contains sym...
a person who brings novelty into the symbolic domain,
and a field of experts who recognized and validate the innovation.” </li></ul>
System Apple I Macintosh
Way of Seeing
Force Tension between reality and vision (Senge) reality vision Creative tension
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  1. 2. Creative Living License to be YOU With ADHD
  2. 3. “ The creative process is both predictable and unpredictable. It is both composition and improvisation. There is a balance of the intuitive and the rational. There is an ever-increasing process of learning, and adjusting your actions based on your learning. Each creator has his or her own personal rhythms. The process is individually developed and personally tailored to take into account such variables as temperament, personality, idiosyncrasies, strengths, weaknesses, tastes, aspirations, and interests.” (Fritz, creating, pg. 8 p 2)
  3. 4. Objective <ul><li>Qualify the relevance of creativity, particularly for those with AD/HD
  4. 5. Describe and define creative living
  5. 6. Inspire hope that anyone can be creative
  6. 7. Equip with the guidelines toward creativity </li></ul>
  7. 8. Agenda <ul><li>Relevance of Creativity
  8. 9. Creativity
  9. 10. Creative Living </li></ul>
  10. 11. RELEVANCE OF CREATIVITY
  11. 12. Relevance of Creativity <ul><li>Success factor for adults with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD
  12. 13. Problem solving
  13. 14. Introduce newness and/or improvement
  14. 15. Enriches culture and life
  15. 16. Expression of emotion/energy </li></ul>CHAD -Charter High School for Architecture and Design Dave Brubeck performs to Ansel Adams photos
  16. 17. Relevance of Creativity <ul><li>It moves focus from self onto something new
  17. 18. It is a generative – life-giving process
  18. 19. It relieves tension
  19. 20. Increase daily wonder and excitement
  20. 21. Revitalizes thinking about life
  21. 22. Works your right brain
  22. 23. Expands sense of self (through self-forgetfulness) </li></ul>
  23. 24. Right and Left Brain Creativity works two hemispheres of the brain: Left hemisphere Right hemisphere Sequential Simultaneous Literalness Big picture Analysis Synthesis Left hemisphere Right hemisphere
  24. 25. WHAT IS CREATIVITY
  25. 26. Process “ a process by which a symbolic domain in the culture is changed. New songs, new ideas, new machines are what creativity is about.” (Csikszentmihalyi)
  26. 27. Process CREATIVITY
  27. 28. System According to Csikszentmihalyi, creativity is found in a system consisting of: <ul><li>“ a culture that contains symbolic rules,
  28. 29. a person who brings novelty into the symbolic domain,
  29. 30. and a field of experts who recognized and validate the innovation.” </li></ul>
  30. 31. System Apple I Macintosh
  31. 32. Way of Seeing
  32. 33. Force Tension between reality and vision (Senge) reality vision Creative tension
  33. 34. Force used in honor of the four… Reality … four Oakland officers killed in one incident, shock, grief Vision …way to give tribute, honor, and opportunity for grieving
  34. 35. CREATIVE LIVING LICENSE Infusing creativity into daily life and planning
  35. 36. Source of wisdom <ul><li>Researched qualities of the creative
  36. 37. Known blocks
  37. 38. Advice from scholars and practitioners
  38. 39. Experience of creative adults with ADHD </li></ul>
  39. 40. Qualities <ul><li>Intelligence
  40. 41. Quickly able to assess problems and scan ideas
  41. 42. Open to experience
  42. 43. Internal balance
  43. 44. Able to internalize and express conflicting thoughts
  44. 45. Think metaphorically </li></ul><ul><li>Verbally fluent
  45. 46. Independent
  46. 47. Tolerate ambiguity
  47. 48. Assertive/confident
  48. 49. High energy
  49. 50. Courage of beliefs
  50. 51. Willing to take risks
  51. 52. Visualize problems
  52. 53. Flexible with decisions
  53. 54. Complexity </li></ul>(MacKinnon1976, Baraon & Harrington 1981, Feist 1998, Tardif & Sternberg 1988 in Sawyer 2006) (Csikszentmihalyi 1996)
  54. 55. Advice <ul><li>Exercise the right side of the brain
  55. 56. Harness the ADHD tendencies:
  56. 57. Team up with opposites
  57. 58. Earn Your License </li></ul>
  58. 59. Blocks to Creativity <ul><li>Judgment
  59. 60. Too many demands – cannot activate the energy for creativity
  60. 61. Distractions – inability to hold onto the creative energy or focus
  61. 62. Laziness – lack of discipline to manage the energy
  62. 63. Not knowing what to do with the energy
  63. 64. Lack of clarity about self </li></ul>
  64. 65. License “ freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech)”
  65. 66. Learning <ul><li>Be curious about things, people, situations, yourself
  66. 67. Learn about self: strengths, passions, interests, rhythm
  67. 68. Learn something new
  68. 69. Learn how to draw
  69. 70. Learn how to tell stories
  70. 71. Learn more about the domain in which you wish to create </li></ul>
  71. 72. Intention <ul><li>Decide what you want
  72. 73. Be deliberate
  73. 74. Set goals
  74. 75. Have a plan
  75. 76. Design in accordance with your style </li></ul>
  76. 77. Connection <ul><li>Connect with what you love and what inspires you
  77. 78. Connect with others
  78. 79. Connect with the problem you want to solve
  79. 80. Connect with your goal - invest </li></ul>
  80. 81. Exploration <ul><li>Explore possibilities with your mind
  81. 82. Try things out, test the waters </li></ul>
  82. 83. Negative Space <ul><li>Look at the opposite
  83. 84. Consider the other side of a trait
  84. 85. If you are always open, make a decision to decide
  85. 86. If you keep tight control, try being open
  86. 87. Consider the antagonist’s side of the story </li></ul>
  87. 88. Schedule <ul><li>Make time for all aspects of the creative process. (Incubation requires a change in scenery)
  88. 89. Make time for relaxation and work
  89. 90. Get enough sleep, exercise
  90. 91. Build a schedule that works with your cycle and rhythm </li></ul>
  91. 92. Evaluation <ul><li>Consider what you want to invest your time, energy, and devotion to: does it make use of who you are? Will you enjoy it? Is it meaningful to you? Does it fit with your vision?
  92. 93. Consider what works and doesn’t work in your plans and actions. Don’t judge.
  93. 94. Choose ideas selectively. Let intuition and gut be one influence – not the only one. </li></ul>
  94. 95. You have earned your license
  95. 96. Now go live creatively and be YOU! If you have any questions or wish to receive a list of resources that will help you become more creative, contact me. Ose Schwab [email_address] or 781-480-3214

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