You have to risk a little crazy if you ever hope to escape the gravitational pull of the ordinary – David Usher, Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything
I first heard of David Usher in September 2013 when I attended Edmonton’s E-Town Festival of ideas. Most of you will know Usher as a musician, the front man for the rock group Moist, but he’s also a self-professed Geek, a businessman, the creative director of a non-profit, and a popular keynote speaker. In 2015 he published a book based upon his conference presentations about creativity and the creative process. Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything is just as inspiring as he is.
I accidentally came across Let the Elephants Run at the library a few weeks ago, and snatched it up. Usher’s premise is that creativity is 5% inspiration, and 95% hard work. He believes we’re all born with the creative gene, but it often becomes buried within us over time. By defining his creative process, he gives everyone a template by which they can rediscover their own creativity – and put it back to use. (Read more about the book here.)
So, what is a Pink Elephant, and why does Stacey Wakelin have one?
In Usher’s book, Pink Elephant refers to those “crazy ideas that come from big dreams and a wide imagination,” that “often seem impossible and not grounded in reality.” Stacey’s Pink Elephant is that she wants to help people, specifically those experiencing homelessness. And, not simply through a donation, or volunteering with a non-profit. Stacey wants tiny house villages for the homeless in the Fraser Valley, similar to those in U.S. locations, and exactly like this group is trying to get off the ground in Abbotsford.
As she takes time to educate herself on the issues involved, Stacey and a pretty amazing group of volunteers have been organizing Compassion Pop Up Events in various Langley/Lower Mainland communities via The Compassion Collective. Each of these events gives The Collective the opportunity to meet individuals experiencing homelessness, and to speak with them first hand. Event details involve research, and sometimes coordination with other groups, businesses, and organizations, which offers up more chances for Stacey to learn as much as she can about it all.
A Pink Elephant? Absolutely.
A crazy idea? Maybe, to some, but not so much if you’re taking it one step at a time.
~ Debbie MacLeod
The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.
Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!