How Creativity Can Lead to a Clear Path to Your Future

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Infinite Possibilities Denise R. Jacobs GEEKon Hackapalooza @ Groupon | Chicago, IL 25 July 2015

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@denisejacobs #Geekon #Hackapalooza #Groupon #infinitepossible

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Get the slides, y’all!

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From Front-end Dev à Creativity Evangelist Photo by Derek Kearney

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à Founder + Chief Creativity Evangelist

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Hackapalooza FTW! Photo: Joshua Campsey

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It’s the new Black

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Time Magazine Creativity Poll, 2013

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IBM CEO Study, 2010

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Survey of 684 Developers

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We have it, then we lose it.

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This is Water.

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“The new scarcity: the time, energy, and brainpower of bright, creative people.” - Mary Poppendieck, “Think For Yourself”

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Gifts of developers Passion for accuracy Analytical Thinking critically Learn quickly Problem solvers Curious

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“A lot of enterprises could be a lot more successful if they pay attention to the developer rather than…the enterprise [itself].” – Delyn Simmons, Head of Developer Platform at Intel Services Division

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You’ve been lucky

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You’ve been able to experiment

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Get ideas flowing

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“Play is how we invent and experiment.” – Josh Clarke, “The Web Gets Real”

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Pursue stupid ideas

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Because they may have legs

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Inspired to be more innovative

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How to move forward?

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The Dark or the Light

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It starts with One

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The pattern of nature

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We are part of this pattern

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The Golden Ratio

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Everything comes from this divine unfolding

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What direction should you go?

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Making one solid choice is the beginning

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The paradox of choice

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Non-Creative or Creative?

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Who here is creative? &

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“Creativity is all about making connections and seeing patterns.” Bruce Nussbaum, Creative Intelligence

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Child, please.

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Your experience this week has shown you that

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Internal fears = Inner Critic Photo: Denise Jacobs

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In Tibetan, creative = natural

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Creativity ≠ Trying to be Creative

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Trying ≠ Practicing

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“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

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“If I try to be creative, rather than just accepting that I am creative, I fail.” Andrew J. Epstein

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Not about effort

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More like breathing

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Like breathing, you can build

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Get in tune with the process

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What’s your creative frequency?

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Listen/tune in

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Filter out the background noise Photo: Denise Jacobs

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Frequency: Occurrence

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Frequency: Practice

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Become an idea machine

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Challenge/Homework: Ten Ideas a day

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“Deciding for creativity does not guarantee that creativity will emerge, but without the decision, it certainly will not.” – Robert Sternberg

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Decide upon Creativity. Choose it. Then, amplify your creative frequency.

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Fixed or Growth Mindset?

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Mindset, by Carol Dweck

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Which looks more familiar?

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Fixed mindset

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Fixed Mindset focused on Perfection Talent Ability Accomplishment Comparison

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“Maybe I don’t have enough talent.” “What if I fail?” “If I don’t try, I can protect my dignity.” “It’s not my fault. It’s something/someone else’s.”

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(Sounds an awful lot like the Inner Critic, no?)

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(Sounds an awful lot like the Inner Critic, no?)

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Growth Mindset

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Growth Mindset focused on Learning Willingness to fail Curiosity Expansion Being self-referential

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Embrace and enjoy learning

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How do you change from Fixed to Growth?

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1) Listen for your Fixed Mindset voice

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2) Recognize that you have a choice

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3) Talk back to it with a growth mindset voice

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“I can learn to do this with time & effort.” “Most successful people have had failure along the way.” “If I don’t try, I automatically fail.” “If I don’t take responsibility, I can’t fix it.”

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4) Take growth mindset action

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Growth Mindset actions

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Adopt a beginner’s mind &

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Release the Tyranny of the Expert

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Rediscover the familiar

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Re-learn something from a friend

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Learn something entirely new

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In my own life: learning Improv Photo: Denise Jacobs

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Learning from experience is key

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“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…I divide the world into the learners and nonlearners.” – Benjamin Barber, Sociologist

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Approach everything with openness and eagerness. Increase your knowledge and expand yourself.

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Blocked or in Flow?

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Creative blocks?

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Creative Flow

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Is @ the Sweet Spot

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Enjoy + Good at + Feeling Empowered

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= Empowered Play

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Your brain on Flow

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Flow banishes the Inner Critic!

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The Flow “Afterglow”

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How do you reach Flow?

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1) Get in touch with your brilliance

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2) Have clear goals

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3) Uninterrupted, focused time

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(how to ruin developer productivity)

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(Instill the Headphones Rule)

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Helps create space for ideas

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4) Balance of risk & challenge

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The Flow Channel exits between the two

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5) Immediate feedback

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Find your Flow to dispel fears and experience continuous creative growth.

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Taker or Maker?

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…Has little regard for their potential to shape the future or ability to take action on issues that truly motivate them. A Taker…

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…A maker’s work is characterized by morality, creativity, craftsmanship, and purposed problem solving. They view their work through the lens of service. A Maker…

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“….Makers choose their work based on impact and happiness.” Jason Cavnar, "Why developers should start choosing conscience over profit"

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This is what you’ve been doing all week

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Up-level your Makership-ness

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1) Stay a passionate problem-solver

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2) Make “Bug” Lists

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3) Cultivate a healthy disregard for the impossible

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4) Be clear on your “Why”

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Whom are you helping?

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Infuse meaning

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5) Choose bigger, more creative problems to solve

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6) Spur creative thinking at scale,_Inc.

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By using this:

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Like folks at Pixar

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Make things that matter – to both you and others.

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What do you get?

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Life is complex and so are decisions

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Two tracks

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Guidelines; stars to navigate by

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“Clarity brings about purpose, purpose brings about action, action brings about change.” – Joel Yeo

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What you’ve been doing all week

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Mobilize a dormant creative confidence

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You have literally gotten your Group On!

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Collective creative ideas=infinite

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No more hoarding of ideas

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Creating together well

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Diversity of ideas & people

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Combination of strengths

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Builds collaboration, trust, and empathy

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People + Product + Environment + Community

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= Innovation

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All too familiar with this Not creative Fixed mindset Blocked Taking what you can get

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While we can’t predict the future

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Because of the unknown

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“We are the creators of the future.” Umair Haque, “How to Have a Year That Matters”

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This is your compass

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Creativity is your True North

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All of space-time started with a singularity

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Just as the Universe is expanding, so are we

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Now you have more tools

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“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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The winning hack is just the beginning

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You are Master Creators

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Continue to contribute

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Continue to pursue excellence Photo: Denise Jacobs

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Pay it forward; Hack it forward

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The choice is clear

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Get the slides, y’all!

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My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity

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And finally…

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