Category Archives: Creativity

Understanding How We Understand Each Other

People understand themselves poorly and understand others perhaps more poorly. This sorry fact is one reason conflicts exist and persist in the world.  That humans as a species tend to hold smugly to complete misconceptions about those they perceive as being not like them is … Continue reading

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Design before You Are Asked

Are you someone who notices problems around you and decides which you should work on solving RIGHT NOW? Here is a motto for you then: Design before you are asked.  

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Courage

Ever since I became a freelance educator and researcher with a growing and shifting portfolio of projects, the courage to push into the unknown and unpredictable has been particularly vital. An entrepreneurial or creative mindset requires a willingness to take risks … Continue reading

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Ownership and Responsibility

Think for a moment of the organizations of which you are a part- your family, neighborhood, city, workplace, religious community, community of hobbyists, professional association, your profession itself… What does it mean to you to be a good citizen of … Continue reading

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Books on the Bus: Creative Writing Meets Creative Reading

Seattle as a community is well known for its embrace of creative practice and entrepreneurship, a passion for reading, a belief in social action, and, of course, living green. From grassroots hacking of urban spaces, to local government experiments in multi-income community … Continue reading

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The Problem with Sweeping Generalizations

Some months ago I read a book assembled by Edge in which the best thinkers of our time were asked to offer a single principle of thought that is vital to clear thinking but often absent in our cognitive toolkits. One … Continue reading

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The Pro

Yesterday we met Steven Pressfield’s amateur. Now let’s meet his pro. Maybe you know him? The pro stops engaging in substitutes for what he needs to do and focuses on his work. He is patient and commited over the long … Continue reading

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