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Michelle
Charlottesville, VA
Creativity & Emergence Catalyst, Consultant and Coach
Interests: I use whole brain approaches and the Creative Emergence Process© to support my clients - pioneering entrepreneurs and organizations - in consciously creating what's next.
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Sadly, there are still too many organizations where some or all of these are true: The Good Employee If you are into playing, laughing and having fun at work, you are not serious enough. If you care about people's feeling... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at The Fertile Unknown
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Love this quote. It's one of the reasons I use arts/movement based appraiches in my work - it helps us bypass the habitual-linear-sequential, left-brain dominant conscious thinking to access more our ourselves, and our creativity, insight, and intuition. By going... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at The Fertile Unknown
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I'm honored to be mentioned in the following article, written by Halelly Azulay. Halelly interviewed me for her Talent Grow podcast show a few months back, then she attended my recent Creative Facilitator workshop in DC. She wrote the following... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at The Fertile Unknown
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Image from protocolsolutionsgroup.com As the new within us is emerging, the old sometimes fights back with a vengeance to maintain its status quo. It can become an epic battle between the habituated, outdated familiar and the emergent, life-giving unfamiliar. During... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at The Fertile Unknown
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There is no chart or graph on creative process, types, states, approaches, mindsets, steps, stages, etc. that that encompasses all of the complexities, nuances, multi-dimensionality and paradoxes of creativity. I post things here not because I agree with them in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at The Fertile Unknown
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I was recently interviewed on the TalentGrow Show by Halelly Azulay. Click here to listen: http://www.talentgrow.com/podcast/episode23 In the show we discuss: How to build bridges between business and creativity The role of discomfort and safety in generating a more creative... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at The Fertile Unknown
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Image via "Mind in the Making" Facebook page Yes...and...true for all people of all ages! Sometimes when adults who have lost touch with their creative side (that everyone has naturally) start reclaiming their adventurous, exploratory, non-obedient, moving, creative selves they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at The Fertile Unknown
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This is an excerpt of a blog post I wrote in 2013: Image from theconstructionzone.wordpress.com The following are just a few of many components of finding, cultivating, and living into your purpose. The discovery process always work best with whole-brain... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The Fertile Unknown
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Image by Gem J Shimada A friend recently asked on Facebook, "How do you motivate yourself and stay enthusiastic when surrounded by a collapsing civilization?" I thought I'd post my response here since it was, not surprisingly, all about applied... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at The Fertile Unknown
Thanks so much for your comments, Kate. I agree about it being great to have inspiring concepts out there and traveling, and being built upon and, to use and improv term, yes-anded, etc. No ideas exist in a vacuum. And, it if copied and used in the same way, needs some sort of mention of the source. More than anything, my work is about supporting the creativity and original thinking that EVERYONE is capable of...so I also think it rips off the person who takes an idea expressed verbatim, instead of adding a new take or expression of their own. Thank for your thoughtful insights!
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Image from stepupleader.com The excepts in blue are from the article, What’s the evidence on using rational argument to change people’s minds? by Tom Stafford: "...people didn’t change their minds in the direction of the arguments presented to them, far... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at The Fertile Unknown
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Image from 123rf.com My friend and colleague, Corey Michael Blake, posted a short video on his Facebook wall, questioning how to handle it when someone takes an idea that is your intellectual property and uses it without attribution. To give... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at The Fertile Unknown
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Living creativity is living paradox. It is ubiquitous and universal and also uniquely personal. It contains a balance of left and right brain, cultivating and emergence, thinking and being, reflection and action, receptivity and generativity, planning and improvisation, heart and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at The Fertile Unknown
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I was recently interviewd by Michael Smith, President of TeraTech, on the Conscious Software Development Telesummit on Whole Brain Thinking and Applied Improvisation for Innovation, Ideation, and Creative Problem Solving. Below are excerpts from the transcript of the interview. For... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at The Fertile Unknown
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I was interviewed on the Heart of it All online radio show on applied creativity, play, co-creativity, and creating conditions for creative emergence: Part 1: http://bit.ly/ZnuLSO Part 2: http://bit.ly/1xJwApo Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The Fertile Unknown
Thanks for your comment, KM. I am very familiar with Barry Johnson's Polarities model and am a big fan of it...it fits in perfectly with my won works about seeming opposites int eh creative process. If you read other posts on my blog, you will see how connected it is, and how I view opposites as polarities waiting to be integrated. You might want to check out this post: http://creativeemergence.typepad.com/the_fertile_unknown/2012/01/creativity-rocks-opposites.html To clarify, the point of this post was to invite people to not be limited by a particular style of thinking, and expand to include others. I did not say this was a model of the brain (and would not make that claim). That is why I said, "The words in the left hand column are TYPICALLY ASSOCIATED with the "left brain thinking," and the words in the right hand column are typically associated with "right brain thinking." These are SIMPLE GENERALIZATIONS, designed to get you thinking about the habitual thinking patterns you use to approach your work." I chose the entry point of what is typically associated with whole brain thinking, and said they were just generalizations. The point of the article was not that this was an accurate model of brain functioning, but that it was to use the polarities to go BEYOND habitual thinking patterns. I've been reading articles on the brain for 20 years, and do not subscribe to any of the models out there because they are always changing, and one is proving another incomplete, each one bringing new and different understandings. I care more about consciously embracing opposites in order to be more creative and agile, and sometimes work off different models to illustrate that - but it is never about being limited to the model. Hope that clarifies.
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A belated thank you, Ellen, if you are still out there :-)! Can't believe it took me 7 years to see your post.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2014 on Natural Resistance at The Fertile Unknown
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Resistance gets a bad rap. It can be a natural, healthy part of the creative process, and serve generative purposes. As the the unknown of what is emerging meets and the desire to maintain the known status quo, a dynamic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at The Fertile Unknown
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How we perceive the unknown determines
how available we make it to ourselves as a resource in the creative process. The unknown - or "fertile void" -
is the place of pure creative potential,
 waiting to be formed and shaped into being.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at The Fertile Unknown
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image from www.dreamstime.com My short reflection on, and homage to, the Creative Source --the creative, life-giving, mysterious, generative source within us that gives birth to all things creative and emergent-- as we enter a new year...filled with new potential, dreams,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at The Fertile Unknown
Thanks so much Darlene. I'm delighted you found it useful.
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©MichelleJames2013 This poster was made from my list in my original blog post here: http://creativeemergence.typepad.com/the_fertile_unknown/2008/12/50-ways-to-think-creatively.html Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at The Fertile Unknown