Monday, January 31, 2011
According to James C. Kaufman, an associate professor of psychology at California State University at San Bernardino and author of Creativity 101, a majority of Americans don't consider themselves the creative "type." This wouldn't be a big deal if the self-assessment didn't tend to become self-fulfilling, but it does: We think we're not creative, so we don't cultivate our creative potential and—voilà!—we're not creative.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I love the title of the blog - Filth Wizardry
As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we're opening a new K-12 school in San Francisco: Brightworks http://sfbrightworks.org
Because of the tight schedule between now and September when we open, we are regretfully unable to offer our sleep-over camp here in the Bay Area. There are great Tinkering School programs offering full summer schedules in Chicago http://chicago.tinkeringschool.com and Austin http://austintinkeringschool.wordpress.com
These are programs that are as unique and engaging as our usual summer program and I cannot recommend them enough.
As much as I am reluctant to interrupt our six-year history of amazing camps here in California, I am proud of the new Tinkering School programs appearing around the country and excited to be creating a new kind of school. I hope you'll stick with us; we're going to be back next summer, and I think that Brightworks will justify the interruption in our Tinkering School offerings.
All the best,
P.S. if you haven't heard, I have a new book just out this week on Amazon: Beware Dangerism!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
More here: http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/amanda-horne/2010090313242
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
''Freedom, Money, Time - and the Key to Creative Success' is the title of an excellent new free eBook from Mark McGuinness.
You can download it here: http://blog.davidparrish.com/files/freedommoneytime.pdf
Mark reckons that creative people need three things to be happy:
1. Freedom - to do what you want, when you want and how you want it. Not just in holidays and spare time - but also doing meaningful work, in your own way.
2. Money - to maintain your independence and fund your creative projects. Of course you want a nice place to live, but you’re not so worried about a bigger car than the guy next door. You’d rather spend money on experiences than status symbols.
3. Time - to spend as you please, exploring the world and allowing your mind to wander in search of new ideas.
Usually, you’re lucky if you get two out of the three. But if one of them is missing, it compromises the other two.
Without money, you don’t have much freedom, because you have to spend your time chasing cash.
Without time off, money doesn’t buy you a lot of freedom.
And if you’re doing something you hate for a living, it doesn’t matter how big your salary is, or how much holiday you get.
This is the premise of Mark's free ebook: Freedom, Money, Time - and the Key to Creative Success.
It's full of practical advice you can apply to your own situation, if you want to earn a living from your creative talent, or if you're a freelancer or small business owner and want to make your business less stressful and more profitable.
Mark and his partners have also prepared a training programme to accompany this eBook - the Creative Entrepreneur Roadmap course. (The free ebook gives you a preview of the training programme.)
Mark's writing and coaching business complements my own work as a creative industries business adviser, trainer, speaker and writer helping enterprises in the creative, cultural and digital sector worldwide.
'Freedom, Money, Time - and the Key to Creative Success' sits nicely alongside my book (and free eBook) 'T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity'.
Monday, January 17, 2011
The works that immediately took my eye were created by one of the collectives members - Chris Meek. This what he has to say about his art [from the JET Art Collective web page]:
"I have been producing and exhibiting my artwork for the past 10 years. I describe my work as panel and paint, as I come from the trade of panel beating. I enjoy working with the uncompromising medium of metal and work intuitively on each piece, letting the qualities of the objects dictate the end result. I describe my scrap yard as an overgrown garden, having an endless supply of discarded materials waiting to be reincarnated into artworks. My ideas come from everyday life, especially the moment . I believe the world should ” make do with what it’s got.” This is my way of making a difference. Reuse, reduce , recycle."
We visited and were made most welcome by Chris who showed us through his workshop and gallery and talked about the creativity that goes into his work. Thanks Chris.
1. are OPEN
2. are COLLECTORS
3. CHALLENGE themselves
4. SEEK out new experiences
5. SURROUND themselves with interesting people and environments
We tried to incorporate these habits into our recent Christmas holiday adevntures. The next few blogs try to capture some of what we experienced.
We slept a couple of nights in a Tipi at camp called Solscape in the beautiful seaside village of Raglan [above]
We met up with our friend Denis and spent time at his hand crafted house and played a bunch of music.
Our journey north took us through Kawakawa where Fredrich Hundervasser designed the local toilets. These would have to be the most creative toilets around.
More to come!
Saturday, January 8, 2011
This according to Larry Kilham.
Larry is a speaker and consultant specializing in new product development for high tech companies. He is the author of the forthcoming book, "MegaMinds: How to Create and Invent in the Age of Google."