Category Archives: Creativity

Mastery in writing, from Robert Caro

on December 5, 2016 in Art, Creativity, Exercises

I started to browse The Power Broker, Robert Caro’s colossal work on city political power and Robert Moses, and couldn’t put it down. The book is huge. It used to be a fixture in New York City apartments. You couldn’t miss its big bold lettering on the big white spine on people’s book shelves. I don’t know how many people started or finished it, but I loved reading it. Caro[…] Keep reading →

More great opening lines to books

on October 25, 2016 in Art, Creativity

Following up my first post on great opening lines to books, and getting the galley to my first non-self-published book, I found some more. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind[…] Keep reading →

Looking for a mastermind group?

on September 3, 2016 in Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Events, Leadership

Do you have ideas or potential you’re looking to develop? Do you find having others help while you help them spurs more creativity and action? Then you may want to work with a mastermind group. My friend and fellow coach, Silvia Christmann, is leading two eight-week curated groups, one starting September 15, the other September 20. While I coach, I don’t have any stake in her work. I can tell[…] Keep reading →

My number one criterion for quality of a complex solution or something creative you’re developing

on June 23, 2016 in Creativity, Entrepreneurship

I’m thinking of solutions that are the starts of entrepreneurial projects, but the creative thing could be a work or art, something you write, something you perform, and so on. In my experience, the best indicator of how well a solution solves a complex problem is how many iterations it’s gone through. Solutions to simple problems may not need many iterations, but complex ones do and the more iterations the[…] Keep reading →

The Unmistakable Creative podcast interviews me

on June 9, 2016 in Audio, Creativity, Education, Entrepreneurship, Exercises, Habits, Leadership

Listen to the podcast The Power of Experiential Learning with Joshua Spodek The Unmistakable Creative podcast just released its interviews of me. The interview covered leadership, entrepreneurship, education, and a bunch of my life and growth. Their lead quote from the interview: “No one who is learning to play a musical instrument, no one who wants to learn a musical instrument would ever take a class where they would lecture[…] Keep reading →

Explore your passions to grow, develop, and to make your work art: My talk at Creative Tech Week

on May 4, 2016 in Art, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Inc.com, Visualization

My talk at Creative Tech Week Monday followed up my Inc.com column, Why Entrepreneurs Are Today’s Artists (and Why It Matters), which explored how anyone can express themselves and learn and grow through their work if they search for their passions within. Here’s the video, just taken by a camera phone from the front row. It also refers to my Don’t Be Walter posts from 2013 about the Big Lebowski.

Like creativity? Like technology? In NYC? … Come to Creative Tech Week this weekend!

on April 27, 2016 in Art, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Events

Creative Technology is transforming culture, design, and art with software, electronics and data. We are creating the premier nexus for creativity and technology worldwide. 9 Days, 100+ Events, 200+ Speakers, 200+ Partners, 25k+ Attendees. Creative Tech Week is a city-wide event week, with events going on in many different locations. Some are free, while others require a CTW Pass, and then others require additional registration or additional tickets. It’s organized[…] Keep reading →