Perhaps the reason why creativity is given short shrift in academia is because it has a light, playful energy, rather than the heavy, dense energy of facts, charts, research….and heavy books that have been sitting in dusty corners of the library for a hundred years. I got my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and [ Read more … ]
Great work happens when we’re intrinsically motivated… when our hearts are moved and inspired. We could call de Saint Exupery’s statement the difference between intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn [ Read more … ]
The five qualities below not only contribute to innovative programs and processes, they’re also fundamental for working effectively with others in fast-paced, highly creative environments. They draw on the capacities of both right brain and left brain, and strengthen connection with one’s own inner voice, while also honoring the wisdom of the larger collective group [ Read more … ]
It’s hard to value play, it seems so… childish. But play is effective because it takes us beyond the bounds of what our minds think is reasonable. Play gets our energy moving.
“Imagination is when you dream and play at the same time.” That’s a statement from a five-year old. Michelle, a kindergarten teacher, posted it on my facebook page. I’m thinking we should carry notepads when we’re with children, so they can teach us how to be human.