Learning Creative Experience

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The creativity Kickstarter meetup took place on Tuesday 6 September at Mixtup in Amsterdam and was attended by 15 people. It was a pretty mixed group of people with a wide range of interests and skills.

However, we were able to narrow down what we wanted to discover into the following:
How to better communicate my creativity
Needing tools to work better with creativity.

Hard at work
Hard at work

The evening loosely followed a 3 part structure:
1) What is creativity and where does it come from?
2) Creating space in your life to be creative
3) Unpacking tools to support your creativity

I think many there were a bit uncomfortable when I suggested we do the first exercise: getting quiet and watching our thoughts swirl and rush. Maybe it seemed a little too much like a yoga or meditation class. But it worked: everyone was able to slow down and hone their focus into a quieter, still place where they could pay more attention to their creative thoughts.

It was also the first time ever that I have been in a room full of people where the Morning People were in the majority! It seems that after this meetup there will be a lot more creativity happening in the mornings in Amsterdam.

When we were discussing the tools, one participant, Shayne, shared a great welding of several tools together: Using Post-It notes to write down a range of thoughts, almost in the same way as you would do an automatic writing exercise.
But then, you can stick the Post-Its to a wall, like a spider diagram OR you can arrange and rearrange them endlessly as if conducting a Cut-Up exercise… what a wonderful combination of visual and rational reasoning and techniques!

Everyone was so enthusiastic after the event and I hope that you have all made some progress on your creative challenges already. I would love to hear your feedback. For everyone who was there, and also for those who couldn’t make it, Click Here for the powerpoint I used on the night. It might not make much sense to you if you weren’t there, but it at least has the tools and some pretty pictures that might spark your creative mind.

Our next meetup is on 21 September at the Open Coop in Amsterdam North. Check out the Facebook event here: Discover Your World View
Or sign up to our meetup group: Transformational Storytelling

Hope to meet you at a session soon.

So, let's try something out....
So, let’s try something out….

2 Responses

  1. Richard Hawkey

    Fantastic initiative Dave! I am also glad to hear you started the session with a bit of what sounds like a mindfulness exercise…we know through repeated search that learning to be in the moment, non-judgementally and on purpose is one of the keys that can unlock new perspectives and ways of thinking about things (viz – creativity). A great short video clip that explains this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsDLgNQmcH8.

  2. David Chislett

    Thanks Rick! yeah, it was a good session and the warm-up did indeed get people into the moment!

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