Manifest your creativity

Greetings

I believe that we are all inherently creative and manifest our creativity in different ways regardless of profession or industry. Creativity is not the sole domain of those we deem ‘creatives’. As a working writer, most of the work I do, whether consulting or writing, is in the corporate space. I find that allowing my creativity to manifest when writing about anything enables me to find new ways of telling stories. That said, there are those who seem to have superpowers when it comes to the exploration of creativity.


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I tend to sign for any new social media platform to get a sense of how to craft content for it, seeing that this is the area I operate in. With Tik Tok, I finally feel old. I signed up when it first launched but have never been able to get my head around it, even after my then 12-year old son tried to explain it to me. So, like everyone else, I simply consume content. But, with the publishing of my book Listen To Your Footsteps, it looks like there may be a space for me: TikTok is taking the book industry by storm, and retailers are taking notice


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Living in a world where we all have access to platforms to share our opinions, I have tried to be both discerning with the opinions I share and honest with myself on which opinions (I feel) add value to the general discourse. I frequently turn down interviews to speak on certain things because I don’t feel I have any value to add to the topic at hand. This note from Ed Lattimore on How much is your opinion worth to you? had me reflecting on this.


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Some years back, I randomly came across this video of performance artists Marina Abramovic and Ulay and, for a brief spell, did some digging on Marina Abramovic.

I recently came across this article Mirror Your Audience: Four Life Lessons From Performance Artist Marina Abramović which prompted me to buy and start reading her memoirs Walk Through Walls. I am halfway through it and can’t stop reading.


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“Innovators always seek to revitalize, extend and reconstruct the status quo in their given fields… Quite often they are the rejects, outcasts, sub-citizens, etc. of the very societies to which they bring so much sustenance.”

The Creative Urge: John Coltrane on Perseverance Against Rejection, the Innovator’s Mindset, and How Hardship Fuels Art


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There is a collective grief hanging over the world. Loss upon loss upon loss making it hard to both grieve and move forward despite the grief. The Artists’ Grief Deck is “a set of 60 medium format ‘flashcards’ that are individually designed by artists, sometimes in collaboration with grief workers. One side displays an original artwork, created by artists from around the world responding to our open call, and on the reverse is a ‘grieving prompt.’  These are memorial and processual actions that give the individual something to do – a gesture, a tiny performance, a movement, an act of mindfulness – in memoriam for someone or something whose loss they are grieving.”


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The Fall of the Billionaire Gucci Master is a long yet engaging helped by the way the platform was used from a design perspective.


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Love the way this shows how Robert Glasper sampled Miles Davis’ Ghetto Walkin’ instead of just telling. Headphones recommended.


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