Posted by: Liz Massey | July 1, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for July 1, 2010

Photo courtesy of SXC.

The Vital Importance of Labs

Social media author/blogger Chris Brogan discusses a new business project he’s working on and uses it as an example of why having a “lab” for experimenting with one’s ideas is so important to, as he puts it, “keep your hands dirty,” and avoid being a mere theorist.

Chamber Music For Change

This is a website for an organization created by my long-time friend, Melissa Hile Higgins, which aims to raise funds for worthy causes, such as supporting domestic violence shelters, by presenting concerts that feature small musical ensembles. You can also read a column about their inaugural concert on June 27 that benefited the Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City.

Classes and Events – Creative Spark Studio!

Sheri Gaynor, LCSW, leads numerous classes and workshops at the studio, located in Carbondale, Colorado. One of particular interest is the “OH Baby” Mom’s Creativity Circle, which has parents creating art works with their infant, toddler and pre-school aged children!

11 dos and don’ts for small group ideation sessions

Paul Sloane, writing on the website, discusses best practices for the divergent (idea-generating) and convergent (idea-selecting) parts of brainstorming or ideation sessions.

Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret – BusinessWeek

Jeneanne Rae, the co-founder and president of Peer Insight, discusses how several companies navigate the “O-Gap” — that canyon between pilot projects and innovative products making it into everyday operations.

Bonus Links!

Creative Destruction: Fire in the Soul

Susen Fagrelius, CPCC, discusses the role of destruction in the creative process and what this can mean for coaching clients in this article on

Is the Internet hurting your innovation?

Michael Dalton, writing on the Simplifying Innovation website, discusses the affect that constant Internet/mobile device access has on our brains and gives a few tips on how to avoid what he calls Device Attention Deficit Syndrome (DADS).


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