Wednesday, October 20, 2010
They encourage people to recognise their uniqueness and give them the opportunity to share this with others. They create a situation where differences are valued and viewed as strengths.
In exploring who we are, we discover beautiful similarities, exciting differences and develop new understanding. When we work together, sharing our differences, amazing things are possible.
Using music and creativity, people experience this in a tangible and exciting way. This principle is the foundation of their work."
The above is from the Red Zebra Linked In profile.
To take a large group of people, many of whom have not played any percussion before, through a 4 hour development workshop, the last two hours of which involve working with percussion, and turn them in to a group that performs to the conference audience as part of evening key notes is extraordinary.
To see the smiles on the performers faces, to feel the energy of the audience and to hear comments such as 'I have to get a photo of this. My family will not belive that I have done this' is testimony to the great work they do.
I'll be back for more next year!
Together these forces are pushing us to create the future of learning as an ecosystem, in which we will have yet to determine the role of educational institutions as we know them today."
In the words of Seneca "Its is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."
Will there be a great awakening or will we attempt to maintain the status quo? I know my preference.
The latest issue includes and article of mine on Strengths, Fatal Flaws and Allowable Weaknesses - A Whole Brain Strategy for Success.
Also included is a link to a great article by Steven Johnson whom I have featured in a previous blog. Steven Johnson has just published a book entitled Where Good Ideas Come From, which looks at the collaborative nature of creativity and the evolution of ideas. You can read a fascinating interview with him in the Guardian Newspaper at http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/oct/19/steven-johnson-good-ideas
There is also a link to a podcast where Liz Massey, a writer, editor, media producer and a creative agent provocateur, interviewed Jeffrey and enjoyed a wide ranging discussion on creativity, business innovation and idea generation. The interview is now on-line in Liz’s web site and you can download a podcast of the interview on
You can read more of Liz Massey's work on http://creativeliberty.wordpress.com/services/
Sign up to Report 103. Its one of the best of its type around.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Kobus developed the suite of tools as a result of extensive international research beginning in 1980 and ongoing research at a number of universities remains an essential part of whole brain science.
You can visit www.wholebrainthinking.com.au for frequently asked questions and to download your own copy of 'Understanding your whole brain'. Its free.
If you are in New Zealand contact me firstname.lastname@example.org as the New Zealand agent for the NBI
Participants could choose form a range of workshops - 90 minutes to 4 hours in length - delivered by local, national and international presenters.
Workshops went by the intriguing names of:
Don't just sit there - be creative
Complex creativity - six simple steps to brilliant ideas Inspiring breakthrough ideas in others Creativity is zigging in a zagging world
There were also two excellent key notes - one by David Venter 'Inspiring Africa's principled, radically innovative leaders of the future - a new paradigm and the other by Bruce Baum -The laughing classroom: challenges and opportunities.The setting was just great for a conference - great accommodation and food, baboons and monkeys, small bok, dassies [like a very large rat].
Nearly 300 people went away motivated and inspired to meet the very real challenges facing teachers in South Africa.
My workshop - The Six habits of Creative People - was very well received and I sold all my books!!
Monday, October 18, 2010
and CTAA [Creative Therapies Association of Aotearoa]
On the Sunday CAN [Creative Access Network] held a forum showcasing a range of creative spaces and their programmes. More information here.
It was held at the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, which is the only New Zealand provider of a masters degree in arts therapy.
Included in the weekend was an exhibition of art works by people challenged by mental and physical disabilities. Some out standing work was presented.
It was a great weekend - both informative and entertaining - and then I had to leave to catch a flight to South Africa. Oh well - never mind!