While I was browsing the website of the really inspiring initiative of the Milagro Arts Center, which I found through Kickstarter, I stumbled upon this video of a speech of Neil Gaiman to the graduates of the University of the Arts in 2012.
This is so inspiring! And I am not even an artist. But in the spirit of Neil Gaimans Speech, I am just going to pretend I was one of the graduates in the audience who listened to that speech. And you can do that too!
Last Sunday I hosted my very first Open Space. I have attended Open Spaces before, but never had I organised and hosted an Open Space by myself. The participants were +- 25 creative festivalorganizers. They are active! Enthusiastic! Loud! Quick! Full of ideas! And it was great to work with them.
Young Art is a cultural organization from the city of Beverwijk, in the Netherlands. Once a year they organize a festival, and I have been a part of it in one way or another for 11 years now. I started as an ‘artshopper’, in a course on documentary making, then worked backstage, and last year I was their stagemanager for the B-stage! I grew with the organization and the festival, and now I was able to try out one of my current ambitions; to practice Art of Hosting and Open Space Technology.
If you want to know more about Open Space Technology, have a look at this website:
Open Space (Technology) is a simple way to run productive meetings, for five to 2000+ people, and a powerful approach to leadership in any kind of organization, in everyday practice and turbulent change.
It’s about providing a framework and a method to let the attendees talk about subjects that are important to them. One of the main principles is that attendees should feel like they are either learning from, or contributing to the conversation that they are attending. If they feel like they are not doing either of those,
they should use ‘The Law of Mobility’ and move on to a different group or conversation.
It works great if you have a complex question, want to generate new energy in a group or if you want to know what the burning issues are for your employees, community or organization, this is a great method to try out.
If you want to organize an Open Space (or a different meeting / brainstorming / planning) model for your organization, contact me!
Yesterday I saw an amazing TED Talk by Stanford Professor Tina Seelig. Now there are amazing TED Talks all over the web, and one of my students even told me that watching TED Talks makes us stupid. But I’m telling you, this talk was a-ma-zing.
Professor Seelig indicates several different possibilities to grow creative abilities and thereby innovation, and gives examples of how to stimulate these factors. It struck me that all of them, the internal “imagination – knowledge – attitude”, and the external “habitat – resources – culture”, are separate factors that a person or organization can actively work on. You could make any of these a focus area of a meeting, event or policy if you want to improve your creativity & innovation skills as an organization or even as a freelancer.
Because I am fascinated by Dr. Seelig and because she stated so many interesting concepts at once, I chose to make a drawing of the talk:You will only be able to understand some of the analogies if you watched the talk (like the shoes with little umbrella’s on them), so watch it! But it will hopefully help you to remember the talk and the concepts in a clear way. In any way, it helped me!
I started to practice to actively draw out concepts and brainstorming sessions after I followed an Art of Hosting training in the summer of 2015. I love drawing, it helps me to understand and remember, in Art of Hosting they call it ‘harvesting’. I know that I still have a lot to learn and to develop my drawing, and I am excited to share my progress in drawing interesting concepts on this blog.