In our modern electronic world, we discover more and more that paper is becoming obsolete! We send documents electronically, file our photos electronically, store our files all electronically in the cloud. So why on earth should we still need paper?
This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. Is it profit or purpose that truly motivates you? Does this apply to your life or have you not really thought about it yet?
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ... (Filmed atTEDxPugetSound.)
Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Dr. Tina Seelig is the Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering. STVP is dedicated to accelerating high-technology entrepreneurship education and creating scholarly research on technology-based firms. She is passionate about creativity! She loves to work with creative teams, to explore what makes people more innovative, and to find ways to stimulate idea generation in others. Listen to her at TEDx in Stanford.
How do we turn on our creativity? Is our flow of thought vital to the process of creativity?
John Cleese shares his thoughts on getting into a creative state, avoiding interruptions and his ongoing dialogue with his alter ego, by the name of Mr Ken Levinshaw, who lives in Swindon and who gets his ideas from Ms Mildrid Spong on the Isle of Wight.
Our ideas are obtained from our unconscious, which continue throughout our period of sleep. To create the mood, we need to get into a safe creative space 'our tortoise enclosure', as Cleese calls it.
On Tuesday 14 August, we conducted a special mini-workshop presentation for the Creative Performing Exchange group at Deloitte's offices in Melbourne. The 90-minute workshop started with a breakfast introduction, followed by some Brain Gym warm-up exercises to get the participants in prime form for the creative activities that followed. After introducing the group to the paper improvisation work, they came up in small groups to try their hand at 'paper improv' and seemed to have fun with their short performances. We then summed-up the activities with the practical application in the business environment and took questions and answers to complete the morning's activities.
Some of the group feedback included the following:
"Great session by a consummate professional. Gary Friedman engaged us all with his simulating warmup activities and then took us through the creative way in which he enables participants to use puppets, self-styled, using brown paper. He showed how powerful this can be and it's great fun. Gary adapts his method to suit the requirements of the organisation or the group, with whom he's working. Ably supported by his colleague, Richard Collins. This is very valuable work that Gary has applied throughout the world. We all appreciated his sharing it at CPX. Special thanks to Deloitte for the setting, with blackout blinds to highlight the theatre of Gary's spotlight on the emerging puppeteers."
Peter Spence, CPX Co-Organizer
"Refreshing to experience the work of Gary Friedman, it reinforces that creative tools are some of the most effective for breaking down barriers and helping us to work together."
Liz Landray, Local Government Community Development Officer
"I was only looking at your website JUST NOW! I really enjoyed yesterday's workshop and it's provided lots of great food for thought around training, communication and the ways groups work together. Thanks again, and thanks for "Charlie" - my constant companion yesterday and now considering life from the changing light on the dining room table. I look forward to experimenting more."
Claire Butler, Education designer and Facilitator
Psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how our culture of consumerism undermines our well-being. When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that "the good life" is "the goods life," they not only use up Earth's limited resources, but they are less happy and less inclined toward helping others. The animation both lays out the problems of excess materialism and points toward solutions that promise a healthier, more just, and more sustainable life. It achieves a similar focus to what we do in our workshops, except that our outcomes are 'live' and 'interactive'.
CEO of Schmart Marketing, Dan Gregory says 'creativity is the most critical skill required for the 21st century'. How do we skill up and stay ahead of the game in terms of knowledge? The Gruen Transfer regular, Dan Gregory from The Impossible Institute, talks to Get Schmart at the 2012 Schmart Marketing Conference about the challenges faced by marketers in the next 6-12 months. This emphasises the importance of our work and its impact on the mindset in corporate Australia. Check out our corporate workshops here!
The world is rapidly changing. To be ahead in our world, we need to become more creative and innovative. To be creative means to imagine something that didn’t exist before and to look for new solutions to problems. To be innovative means to introduce change in society and in the economy. Corporate Creatures activities transform ideas into value and link creativity to innovation.
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Edited by Gary Friedman
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