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As Chief Imagination Officer of Creative Sage™, I live a passionate personal mission to cause the spontaneous combustion of creativity, innovation, and compassionate intelligence everywhere!
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Every weekday morning, I take a three-and-a-half mile walk around my neighborhood, in pretty much whatever weather my New England town throws at me. I split an apple and give half to each of the horses at the corner of Cross Street. The sounds of their chomps and slurps fill me with vicarious happiness.
When I was a kid I walked to school every day with John Flaherty, Doug Casey, and Rollie Graham. At the end of the day, after debate practice, Bill Bailey, Paul Salamanca, and I would walk home. We never stopped talking for a minute, and we could have used another hour each day to say all that was on our minds.
Part of the reason I created the Breast Cancer 3-Days, a charity walk, back in 1998, was to offer women with breast cancer and their supporters the luxury of having three days to converse, to daydream, and to imagine—without any of the aggravation of day-to-day life intruding.
But we’re wrong to think of walking only as a way to calm the mind, a source of exercise, or as a leisurely luxury. When it comes to work, walking can dramatically increase productivity. In a very real sense, walking can be work, and work can be done while walking. In fact, some of the most important work you may ever do can be done walking.
Last year I gave the closing talk at the 2013 TED Conference. The talk has been viewed nearly three million times and is now one of the 100 most-viewed TED talks of all time. I rehearsed the talk entirely on icy-cold morning walks over the course of about two months last January and February. Far from a luxury, I dreaded those walks, because my rehearsing was hard work. The productivity of that hour was so dense—it was mentally exhausting. Had I stayed home, chained to my desk, where most of us are taught that real serious work happens, the work would have been easier—but far less productive. I’d have gone online every few minutes to check a favorite news site. Grabbed a chocolate chip cookie or a glass of water. Checked my e-mail. Walking affords no such distractions. It’s just you and the work.
A 2013 study by cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato from Leiden University found that people who go for a walk or ride a bike four times a week are able to think more creatively than people who lead a sedentary life. The British Journal of Sports Medicine found that those benefits are independent of mood. Sunlight also boosts seratonin levels, which can improve your outlook.
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From: Harvard Business Review Blogs — Take a Walk, Sure, but Don’t Call It a Break
By Dan Pallotta
If you’ve ever waited for treatment in the ER—for yourself or perhaps for a child suffering a broken bone or an asthma attack—then you’re familiar with how agonizing it can be, knowing that the answer might be just on the other side of the swinging doors. For parents of seriously ill children, this kind of waiting can last for years. And when treatment options are still stuck in the development, testing, or approval processes, the wait can cost patients their lives.
The FDA has set up these processes for good reason; they protect the public from experiencing severe, unexpected side effects due to unsafe drugs, which could actually make people even sicker than they already were. But for seriously ill patients, sometimes the risk is worth taking if there’s any chance of increasing their survival rates. In these cases, the burdensome approval process to get drugs on the market—which can take up to 18 years—is detrimental both to pharmaceutical companies and to patients. The recent controversy over the FDA’s refusal to approve eteplirsen, a drug intended to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is a prime example of this. Eteplirsen has shown some promising results in clinical trials, but the data still isn’t satisfactory enough for FDA approval, since it has a hard time assessing benefit and risk across a spectrum of perspectives and experiences. Patients and their families beg for access to the drug, to no avail.
Unlike other industries, pharmaceutical companies are also legally restricted from directly marketing to consumers or including them in the prototyping phase of the design process. This can prevent consumers from providing vital feedback that could shape drug effectiveness, as well as from learning about experimental options when they are available. With most conditions, the risks of experimentation would be too high. But if you had a fatal disease and were told you only had one year to live, wouldn’t you prefer to be allowed to make your own choice?
Sharon Terry, an Ashoka Fellow, and Genetic Alliance have developed a platform that facilitates the responsible engagement of the FDA with patients such as these, and they’re getting patients directly involved in voicing their concerns about the current system. The FDA’s initiative is called Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD), and it is designed to assess risks and benefits for specific patient communities. Genetic Alliance is crowdsourcing input for the FDA to hear from patients. Terry hopes to increase the available pool of information—information about patients’ genetics and other personal data—to help accelerate discovery. She’d like to see a systemic solution across all diseases, rather than solutions that work on a case by case basis. To do that, she and her partners are putting in place a structure to empower disease groups and patients to vocalize their needs to the FDA and determine how and with whom their data is shared. Currently Genetic Alliance works with eight disease groups on PFDD and has enabled patients from each community to serve as guides with the goal of getting input from patient communities. It hopes to expand its work to more diseases in the next few years, and eventually to every disease.
Terry’s initiative has recently been awarded a $1 million contract from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to be a part of the National Patient Centered Clinical Research Network. This news could mean big things ahead for patients with genetic diseases.
If their work is successful, the FDA will begin to distinguish between the process for approving standard use drugs and the process for approving drugs that are designed to treat or cure severe disease. With increased collaboration between pharmaceutical companies and patients with a high risk tolerance, the FDA can gain data to stand on, which could help speed up drug patent approval. Patients would also be able to participate in drug design, thus improving the development process.
By challenging some of the obstacles that prevent access to potentially life-saving medicine, it may be possible to empower families to stop waiting and start acting. Risky? Maybe. But thousands of families risk even more every day.
This post is part of a series of essays on the power and potential of feedback loops to dramatically increase social impact (see the first one here). This work is being catalyzed by Feedback Labs with support from the Rita Allen Foundation.
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From: Forbes / Ashoka — Risky Business: The FDA And Drug Development For The Fatally Ill
By Kate Jenkins / Ashoka
The so-called “collaborative economy” is gaining steam, as people increasingly choose to share and crowdsource goods, services, funding, transportation, and more. And if brands don’t adapt soon, they’ll be left behind.
That’s the takeaway from Sharing is the New Buying, the first-ever large scale look at the participants in the collaborative economy. A collaboration between the brand council Crowd Companies, Jeremiah Owyang, and Vision Critical, a cloud-based customer community platform provider, the report surveyed more than 90,000 people in the U.S., U.K., and Canada to find out how and why people participate in the growing movement.
The first step in analyzing the report is to define the term “collaborative economy”. Owyang, a long-time tech industry analyst, defines it as the convergence of three ideas: the sharing economy, the maker movement, and the “co-innovation” movement. This is a fairly broad definition, which includes everything from ridesharing to 3-D printing to crowdsourcing designs for new products. “The big trend here is that the crowd is empowered to get the physical world from each other rather than buying it from brands,” he says.
According to the study, there are three kinds of people in the collaborative economy: non-sharers, re-sharers, and neo-sharers. Non-sharers haven’t yet engaged in the new economy, but think they’ll try it out in the next year. This is 60% of the survey population in the U.S. and Canada, and 48% of U.K. residents. Re-sharers use established services like eBay and Craigslist to buy and sell goods. This is 16% of the U.S. and Canada population, and 29% in the U.K. Finally, there are the neo-sharers, who use newer services like Uber, Airbnb, Kickstarter, and Taskrabbit. This is actually a considerable portion of people surveyed: about 25% in all three countries.
Sharers have certain traits in common. Nearly half are between 18 and 34 years old, almost three quarters use social networking sites, and they tend to be affluent. But these somewhat obvious demographics don’t tell the whole story. “You think about sharing typically, and it’s kind of the Brooklyn hipster image. You picture this person who is a vegan and doesn’t own a car and gets their bike from a bike share and doesn’t use hotels, and all that. It turns out that the sharers are extremely mainstream,” says Alexandra Samuel, Vision Critical’s vice president of social media.
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From: FastCoExist.com — The Collaborative Economy Is Exploding, And Brands That Ignore It Are Out Of Luck
Rides, houses, power tools: You can share almost anything today, and the number of people sharing is growing every day. If you’re a company that only sells to consumers and doesn’t help them share, you may want to rethink your plans.
By Ariel Schwartz
Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.
Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). In fact, creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don’t have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.
And psychologically speaking, creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they’re complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. And it’s not just a stereotype of the “tortured artist” — artists really may be more complicated people. Research has suggested that creativity involves the coming together of a multitude of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person.
"It’s actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self," Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, told The Huffington Post. "The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self … Imaginative people have messier minds."
While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently.
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From: Huffington Post — 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently
By Carolyn Gregoire
Tim had been on the fast track. An Ivy League graduate, he had joined one of the premier consulting firms as an associate. He went on to take an MBA at INSEAD, graduating at the top of his class. Recruited by a pharmaceutical firm he rose quickly through the ranks, joining the executive team in record time. Within just eight years after joining the company he was appointed its CEO.
That was when things started to fall apart. Colleagues soon noticed that Tim seemed oddly reluctant to take important decisions. He would put off big projects and spend an inordinate amount of time on minor problems. As a result, the company missed out on some big opportunities.
His behavior became increasingly worrisome. He would turn up visibly drunk for important meetings. Although the board cut Tim some slack at first, his shortcomings quickly became too obvious to be to be ignored and within two years of his appointment the board dismissed him.
What went wrong?
Tim came to ask me that very question after he had lost his job. Listening to his story, I realized that its origins stretched back to his childhood. Tim seemed to have unconscious feelings of guilt about his success. I discovered that he was consumed by the idea (crazy as it may sound) that his being too successful would upset his father, who had repeatedly failed in his business endeavors and had become embittered by it.
He had taken out these emotions on Tim, constantly telling him that he (Tim) didn’t have what it took to be successful. As the years went by, Tim had internalized these criticisms. But his debasing sense of self remained dormant until he became CEO. With nowhere further to go, he revealed the inadequacy he had been so anxious to conceal, perversely sabotaging his own career in order to fulfill his belief that he wasn’t up to the top job.
This fear of success is a more common dynamic than you might think. Many years ago, Sigmund Freud tried to explain it in an essay called “Those Wrecked by Success”, published in his 1916 work Some Character Types Met With in Psycho-Analytic Work. He noted that some people become sick when a deeply rooted and long-cherished desire comes to fulfillment. He gave as an example a professor who cherished a wish to succeed his teacher. When eventually the wish came true and the professor succeeded his mentor, depression, feelings of inadequacy, and work inhibition set in. It was as if this professor felt he had not deserved his success in some way and that it was a manifest travesty to step into his mentor’s shoes.
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From: Harvard Business Review — Are You Too Afraid to Succeed?
By Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
Cardew Choir Collaborates with Orchestre dB in Concert at CSU East Bay, Thursday, March 6, 2014
On Thursday, March 6, 2014, I’ll be performing a program of music by contemporary composers with the notable San Francisco Bay Area vocal ensemble, the Cornelius Cardew Choir, in a unique collaboration with Orchestre dB, an instrumental ensemble of students from the Music Department at California State University East Bay, located at 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., in Hayward, California.
The concert will take place in the Music Building Recital Hall, Room MB1055, at CSU East Bay, in Hayward. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. PST, admission is free, and it is open to the public. The distinctive round Music Building has a parking lot directly outside, and there is a diagram inside the main entrance that shows how to find the Recital Hall. The campus is a bit further than comfortable walking distance from BART, but there are shuttles from the Hayward BART station. If you drive, you can find the campus on Google Maps or Mapquest. You can park in Lot K (paid parking $2.00/hour).
Program and Composers:
Wind Horse, by Pauline Oliveros
Well I Like It, by Chris Luttrell
7 Hums 7 Times, by Tom Bickley
From Unknown Silences, by Pauline Oliveros
Ragtime, by Igor Stravinsky
Japan, by Karlheinz Stockhausen
The Cardew Choir and Orchestre dB will perform most of the pieces together, and a few of them separately. The entire program will be approximately 90 minutes long, with a brief intermission.
The Cardew Choir members who will be performing in this concert include:
Tom Bickley, Director
Orchestre dB will be conducted by Dr. Danielle Gaudry, who is Director of Bands at CSU East Bay (Hayward), and a professional percussionist.
Orchestre dB members include:
This wonderful collaboration between the Cardew Choir and Orchestre dB has been very rewarding, an example of artistic community outreach in action! A significant number of the students in Orchestre dB are attending CSU East Bay as part of a classical music exchange program in China, which collaborates with the Hayward campus Music Department. For most of these students, we understand it is their first experience performing this genre of improvisational music by western contemporary classical, i.e. “New Music” composers. Some of the pieces do not have traditional, notated scores; instead, they have a page of instructions in text, along with a graphic score.
For the Cardew Choir, this is our first collaboration with students and a music professor at a regional college or university (other than a few past performances that some of our members participated in at Mills College, in Oakland, California). We have all enjoyed working together, we’ve learned from each other, and look forward to future community and educational collaborations.
We hope to see you there, if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area then, and can come to the CSU East Bay campus. Please come say hello during the intermission, or after the performance!
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From Creative Sage Arts Blog — Cardew Choir Collaborates with Orchestre dB in Concert at CSU East Bay, Thursday, March 6, 2014 |
By Cathryn Hrudicka
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More and more, customer-centricity is becoming a thing. As in, an increasingly important philosophy to companies in managing day-to-day and even longer term planning. In comes in different forms: design thinking, social CRM, service-dominant logic, value co-creation.
But it’s not pervasive at this point. Companies still are spotty on how much they integrate customers into their processes. This is a revolution that will take some time to unfold.
In terms of innovation and product or service development, there is a spectrum of where organizations are today…
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From: Innovation Excellence — Are Customers Valuable to Innovation?
By Hutch Carpenter
At Creative Sage™, we love to work with clients on social innovation, educational innovation, healthcare innovation, and government innovation projects, as well as corporate innovation projects. Our core capabilities include creativity training and coaching, and the design and facilitation of innovation programs, including in the areas of design thinking, arts-based processes, applications of science and neuroscience tools when appropriate, and business model innovation. We have been very effective in helping organizational leaders and employees move through transitions and cultural changes.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your situation and how we can help your organization move forward to a more innovative and profitable future. You can also call us at 1-510-845-5510 in San Francisco / Silicon Valley. We look forward to helping you find the path to luminous creativity and continuous innovation!