Protect the Flame! The injunction inherent in this time of year — especially this year

By Louisa | December 2, 2020

As we enter into the darkest time of the year, our family begins our annual celebration. We loosely follow the Christian calendar: four weeks of Advent, then Christmas, then the Holy Nights, all culminating in Three Kings day on January 6th. As you might suspect, we’re interested in the universal nature of these festivals. This…

A shift in consciousness is needed — but what does that mean?

By Louisa | September 30, 2020

Wow, what a mess we’re in! If you live in the USA, you may be wondering how we’ll EVER survive the chaos and dysfunction that defines our political arena right now. The dysfunction goes deep. As Einstein said, you can’t solve a problem with the same consciousness that created the problem. And clearly, we need…

Why We Need Creative Consciousness

By Jeff | August 29, 2019

I was recently struck by a friend’s article in which she offered a sort of “taxonomy” of change, innovation, and human capability. I’m paraphrasing her: If you want change and innovation, you need teamwork and collaboration, which is based on authentic connection between people, which in turn requires self-awareness, which requires, underneath it all, ongoing…

Creative Process Demonstration: The Sun Wins Through

By Jeff | May 15, 2018

This video demonstrates three of the key principles in creative work: constant metamorphosis, the hunt and the form emerges at the end. The video begins with a pencil sketch and a small oil sketch, then shows the progressive stages on one large canvas. This canvas went through continuous metamorphosis between 2010 and 2018. The pictures seem…

When you’re Confused, Stuck, or Overwhelmed — Do This

By Louisa | February 17, 2016

  Ever had that feeling you just don’t know what to do, that you are pulled in a million different directions, and you are seriously confused, overwhelmed, and just plain stuck? We know what that’s like and we have something simple to share with you. Simple, but surprisingly effective — possibly even profound. It’s so…

Leadership or Dominance? Wise lessons from Nature

By Louisa | November 19, 2015

I’m sweaty and hot, gravel is painfully digging into my foot inside my sneaker, and the horse on the other end of my 12 foot rope is eyeing me with deep skepticism. “She doesn’t know what you want; you need to be clearer in your phases!” calls my teacher as I vainly try to get…

Frederic LaLoux’s Reinventing Organizations – Book Review

By Louisa | September 18, 2015

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer How do we create changes in behavior across a distributed organization with many people and many moving parts?  There are as many organizational development consultants as there are people asking this question—and then there is LaLoux’s recent book “Reinventing Organizations”…

How to Find Wisdom in Failure

By Louisa | June 8, 2017

  If you’re an aspiring leader (at any age — we’re 47 and 48 as of this writing), you’re going to do stupid stuff from time to time. You’ll make mistakes and you’ll go down seemingly deadend paths for years on end. Really. Don’t sweat it. That path is going somewhere great. Truly fantastic, never-ending…

Beyond Technique — CREATIVITY Will Save the World

By Louisa | September 27, 2017

I went to at least three different universities and conservatories in different places around the world to study music, and have had continuous music teachers in both violin and classical singing since I was about eight (roughly 40 years ago). At all those music schools, the main focus was on learning the craft and technique…

Paying Hell for Creativity: Why “Failure” is Actually Good

By Jeff | June 14, 2017

“When you’re down, when you’ve been kicked down in the street and then kicked a few more times until you’re bleeding and your teeth are out, then you only have up to go. You get reborn again, and expectations aren’t so great because they’ve taken you away. It’s beautiful to be down there. It’s so…


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