Give me constraints, give me creativity

  If someone challenged you to write a book using only 50 words, could you do it? How creative do you think you could be?  That’s just what Theodore Geisel did when his editor bet him that he couldn’t write a children’s book using just 50 words. Can you guess which book was the result? […]

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Does a fish see the water it swims in? Identifying the assumptions you’re swimming in

  We’ve all done it – unwittingly made a big, fat assumption that we only realize much later clouds our thinking & our way forward.   See if you can determine what assumptions these parents are making as they try to free their kid, who’s managed to get his head stuck in their fence. Fast […]

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Amp up your creativity through these thought provoking questions

  Spoiler alert: two weeks ago I wrote ‘How many sides does a circle have & other creativity provoking statements.’  I’ll answer the creativity questions in this post. Didn’t get a chance to see the first post? Check it out here first.   Doing more, doing better Most of my clients are looking for ways […]

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How many sides does a circle have & other creativity provoking statements inspired by the Maasai Mara

Zebra, wildebeests & elands (the largest of the antelopes) scatter as our tiny plane lands on the dirt runway. The air is heavy & loamy after the recent rains. The sky is a whorl of mauves & grays, which will soon darken to slate as the rain starts again. The safari vehicle that takes us to […]

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How can a tape measure inspire insight & a fresh perspective?

It smelled like a pungent, loamy forest encased in a single, mysterious room. To this day I remember the smell of sawdust in that forbidden room of my childhood memories.   My dad was a master hobby woodworker – he had a magical room chock a block full of electric saws, nails & screws in […]

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How to get people to stop peeing on your walls…

What do you do if you’re sick & tired of having drunks pee on your house wall after the bars  have let out? Check out this uber creative response.  Talk about thinking outside the proverbial box or in this case, paint can.

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Disappearing desks? Now that’s a commitment to wellness

Does your company stress the importance of wellness (pun intended)?  Does it put its money, errr desks where its yoga matts are? Take a look.  That’s some serious commitment to wellness (& to community development with allowing groups to use the space for free).

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I wish you a return to yourself (with a little help from a Beagle)

Tonight marks the departure of family from Vancouver who’ve been visiting us in Nairobi for almost 5 weeks.  We’ve seen a huge male lion defending his recent kill against howling hyenas & the all elusive leopard.  We almost hooked an aged, injured hippo while fishing & we’ve shared more great meals than I have fingers […]

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3 Beyoncé Songs That Sound Totally Different When Spoken

This is delicious & delightful.  I first say it on Upworthy. Beyonce has declared herself a feminist, which some people totally love and some people don’t understand — often because they can’t see past the fact that she totally owns her sexuality on stage. So let’s take away the fantastic glittery skin-tight costumes, sexy body, […]

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The intersection between creativity, human behaviour & effecting change – via Terry O’Reilly

I adore the CBC podcast by Terry O’Reilly called ‘under the influence.‘  It’s technically about marketing but really it’s about the intersections between creativity, human behaviour & effecting change. Here’s a fantastic example. In Israel, radio stations got together with the Israel Cancer Association and did something highly creative. 8am is the highest peak of […]

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