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Michelle
Charlottesville, VA
Creative Process & Emergence Facilitator, Consultant, and Coach. Author of Pattern Breaks: A Facilitator's Guide to Cultivating Creativity.
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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Creative facilitation means tending to our creative self. How we show up plays a big part in facilitating the creativity of others. It starts with our own presence, flexibility, and creativity before we get into the room. Facilitating creative process,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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When facilitating creative process, introducing participants to a a new activity, process or framework; or asking them a question they don't readily know the answer you can get a deer-in-the-headlights look, often accompanied by a palpable silence. This silence can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Creativity comes to life at intersections. It thrives on opposites—engaging the polarities until something new emerges. Polarities can seem like opposites at first glance, but they are actually two different interdependent expressions of a larger whole. When we can accommodate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
As part of the book launch celebration for my creative facilitation guide book, Pattern Breaks: A Facilitator's Guide for Cultivating Creativity, I've been hosting a video series with several seasoned guest facilitator friends. They each share different creative facilitation techniques... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Throughout history, times of great challenge have also always brought with them times of great creative opportunities. They are inexorably linked - crisis and opportunity. The world as we have known it is changing in so many ways at an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
As part of the book launch celebration for my creative facilitation guide book, Pattern Breaks: A Facilitator's Guide for Cultivating Creativity, I've been hosting a video series with several seasoned guest facilitator friends. They each share different creative facilitation techniques... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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There are many reasons resistance show up in creative process, which can play out in blocking behaviors. These often come from conscious or unconscious reasons that people may feel inhibited, such as the fear of being wrong, looking silly, being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Today's practice is Adapting. This is the final practice in this "12 practices" series (but there are so many others!) Let the vision be mutable and change over time. Balance planning with emergence. Have goals and hold them focused enough... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Today's practice is Acting. It's not enough to imagine what can be, we have to act on our imaginings. As I mentioned before, the creative process is non-liner, and these practices do not follow one sequence. Taking action happens at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Once you have more clarity – after you have diverged out and expanded the “playing field” of new, emergent creative surprises – then look at how to structure that aliveness into you work and life....how to form it, shape it,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Today's practice is Discerning. “An open mind must be mitigated by discernment. Knowing what to take in and what to discard or file away for future perusal is important to one’s growth.” ~ Safi Thomas And discernment takes practice. Discerning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Notice and be present to images, feelings, thoughts, ideas, impulses that emerge as you go about your days, outside of your “sacred” time. Record them. Repeat thequestion you are holding often, not just once, and do what you need to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Today's practice is Cultivating. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton Using whole-brain creative processes – drawing it, painting it, moving with it, embodying it, acting it out, dialoguing with it,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Posted Jan 2, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Today's practice is Committing. "Until one is committed, there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness...the moment one definitely commits oneself a whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising to one’s favor all manner of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Today's practice is Listening. Listen with your whole self, and whole brain...not just to words. Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2024 at The Fertile Unknown
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Today's practice is Holding. This practice is about releasing the need for an immediate answer…or a familiar one. It is about holding the question before rushing to an answer or “the” answer. "Be patient towards all that is unsolved in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2023 at The Fertile Unknown
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Today's practice is Asking. “Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman This practice is about asking yourself what is most alive for you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2023 at The Fertile Unknown
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Get centered. During your designated emergence time, getting centered allows you to be more present to what is calling to emerge within you. It is about having intentionality, a clarity of focus, and a presence to be able to begin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2023 at The Fertile Unknown
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Over the next couple weeks, I will be sharing "12 Practices for Creative Aliveness." The practices are not necessarily in a linear order, and you might go back and forth between them. It's not as much about a sequence as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2023 at The Fertile Unknown
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In the spirit of the holidays, I wrote "12 Days Creating" as a reminder to indulge your creativity (to be sung to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas). Happy holidays, however you celebrate them! ---------- On the first... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2023 at The Fertile Unknown
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I am delighted to announce my creative facilitation guidebook, Pattern Breaks, is now available on Amazon and other online booksellers to pre-order. You can go to https://amzn.to/3QDbZ65 for the book details, and to order it if it resonates with you.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2023 at The Fertile Unknown
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The baby does not judge themself, when they are first learning to walk, and they fall...a lot. They don't think they are not made to walk, that they are a failure, that they are doing it wrong, or anything else.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2023 at The Fertile Unknown