The Long Game of Creativity

If you haven’t created a masterpiece at 30, you’re not a failure… ‘genius’ has less to do with innate talent than just doing the work.  – Open Culture

The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was once a loser from Adam Westbrook on Vimeo.

The Long Game Part 2: The Missing Chapter from Adam Westbrook on Vimeo.

The Long Game Part 3: Painting in the Dark from Adam Westbrook on Vimeo.

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… – Stacey’s Pink Elephant


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.

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The Thought Outside the Box

Urban PathMake time for the creative process. Schedule a daily walk outdoors, in a park, along the river, through an urban area with interesting storefronts, a spectacular skyline, or a mountain view. Allow your mind to glide from thought to thought as your body takes the exercise. Often the answer – the thought outside the box – will appear unbidden.

Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented culture, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking. – Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo: emlyn via morguefile.com


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.

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Profit to Purpose: Context Creator

More opportunities coming for creative types, and big-thinkers in the corporate world?

World Economic Forum: Is the era of management over? by Andrew Chakhoyen

Regardless of how we describe the present, be it the digital epoch, the Fourth Industrial Revolution era, or the “second machine age”, what it boils down to is that all work that requires supervision is being outsourced to robots and algorithms. Non-standard, creative, experimental work, on the other hand, doesn’t naturally lend itself to management.

From Profit to Purpose

“Context Curator” is the term I’d like to introduce to the business dictionary. To lead a project is not to assign tasks and monitor performance, but to empower, to define the broader context, and to organically link the work of one team with the rest of the business… Curating the context in which high performers can excel – rather than attempting to manage them – is the key to unleashing their full potential.

To read the complete article, please click here.

~ 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.

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(Poetry + Data) + Creative Spark

Poetry in Data is an experiment.

At first glance, poetry and data are very different things. They inhabit different worlds and speak different languages. So what happens when they collide? Could they fuse into something interesting? – Poetry in Data

Escape velocity by JStone

Escape Velocity

A #datapoem using data from @NASA via @Poetry in Data


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The Creative Spark

Creativity is just connecting ideas that haven’t been connected before.

via Greg Alder: Creativity

via Greg Alder


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Walk the Talk

… You’ll be surprised how fresh air drives fresh thinking, and in the way that you do, you’ll bring into your life an entirely new set of ideas.” – Nilofer Merchant

Additional suggestions on taking a creative path:

Imagining and creating give us a sense of purpose. If you lack those things, a pervasive sense of emptiness becomes the default. The great seduction later in life is that many of us fill the vacuum with false friends, material things and medication, both legal and otherwise.  – A Creative Life is a Healthy Life by Amanda Enayati


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Stay Creative!

creativity [krē-ā-ˈti-və-tē] noun: the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness, Oxford Living Dictionary

40 Ways to Stay Creative

via Abel Premnath


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Stacey’s Pink Elephant

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.

Let the Elephants Run by David Usher

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.

Compassion Pop UpAs 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!