Sunday, November 8, 2009

Passion and Purpose

Of the many highlights from the 15th Annual Creativity Conference in Africa one stood out for me. I have an addiction to percussion and Mark Dodsworth of Red Zebra fed that addiction. This from Mark in the conference handbook.

"There is a voice in the Universe urging us to remember our purpose for being on this great Earth. This is the voice of inspiration, which is within each and every one of us.
Creativity is a natural resource, but habitual patterns of thought exhibit a powerful pull on the mind leading inexorably to habitual solutions.

Innovation demands a shift in perspective. From the very beginning this workshop will resonate with each individual creating a high level of group synergy, establishing a fertile ground for shared living and personal growth."

And it did exactly that - using dialogue, reflection and percussion Mark worked with the group on identifying passion and purpose. In doing so each group committed to developing a performance for the evening session in front of all conference attendees. Some participants claimed no sense of rhythm, some had never played any percussion before but Mark worked with all and facilitated [ably supported by his co-facilitator - Peter Schaupp] two very fine performances incorporating percussion, voice and movement. The performers loved it, the audience loved it and being totally selfish - I loved it. I'm going back for more!
Check Red Zebra out - they work across both community and corporate sectors.

If you want a visual taste of what they do go here:

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