Strengths of Deep Souls…

The other day, a student sought help drafting an essay to college. He is what I would call a deep soul thinker – a young man who appears wise beyond his years, who sees creative connections in challenges, but for whom the k-12 education system didn’t ideally fit the way he envisions concepts and problem […]

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Participant Observation: The Power of a Digital Story

Participant Observation: The Power of a Digital Story DIGITAL STORY LINK HERE When I participated in a digital storytelling workshop through the Berkeley, CA-based Center for Digital Storytelling held on a beautiful organic farm in Lyons, CO, several of the digital stories that emerged among the two dozen participants stood out. One centered on the […]

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Be Open

One of the many indicators and personality traits inherent in numerous creativity-related assessments, most notably the Big Five factors of personality, is Openness to Experience. This trait or factor is used by modern psychological researchers to describe how apt a person is to engage in abstract thinking. Openness to Experience, or OE, describes a cognitive […]

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The Most Powerful Question

A good friend engaged in creative problem solving, facilitation, mentoring, and personal and spiritual development, posted a link to this amazing blog post written by Ewan Townhead, founder of The Realized Entrepreneur. In his discussion of hitting rock-bottom in his relationship and entrepreneurial pursuits, despite the success of both, he tells of turning to mysticism, […]

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Treat Yourself to Art!

My friend, Caroline Pakel-Dunlop, owner of To the Heart Agency, shared with me several years ago her commitment to purchase a piece of original artwork annually to “feed the soul” and support people’s creative endeavors. When we were wrapping up our training at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, she went on a jaunt […]

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“Maybe stories are just data with a soul” – Bréne Brown

Researcher & Storyteller Dr. Bréne Brown said in her now viral Ted Talk on vulnerability and its link to daring to be great, “Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” I am not certain there would be any more profound way to describe my own desired work in the multi-dimensional field of narrative, story, […]

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