Creativity Flows (but not accidentally)
March 10, 2009, 9:37 pm
Filed under: creativity, friends, social action

After spending a very good weekend with family and friends (some of which has been documented here by Jason), I’m reflecting on the energy of creativity.  On Sunday, I had a chance to chat a bit with Emily and James, who were both recognized at the Ideacamp the previous weekend.  Emily and I go back several years, so it was really fun to catch up with her a little, and hear about all the great things she is pursuing now, including Bake It Forward.  James, too, is a great guy, and makes a really great point in his presentation of WikiChoice – namely that so much of the time, we dwell on issues of justice that aren’t actionable.  WikiChoice gives people the chance to do something positive, rather than just not do something negative (the website is in development, but you can watch James describe it on this video).

One thing that Emily and James mentioned is that their ideas are a result of intentional effort.  They meet with a small group of friends every Monday evening for the purpose of generating ideas for how to make the world a better place.  They brainstorm and work together to make things happen.  In other words, these ideas aren’t a result of accidental brain episodes – they’re the result of disciplined effort.  It makes me ask how often I set aside time to be creative – toward solving problems, toward helping others become aware of issues, toward developing new efforts at revealing the Kingdom (the answer is: certainly not enough).

Creativity can’t be underestimated.  But I find that I don’t take the habits related to it seriously enough.  Perhaps I should spend more time over here.


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LOVE the Bake It Forward thing!!! Will be forwarding it to all my chocolate-loving friends and will be doing some baking in this direction this weekend. Thanks for sharing this!

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