“When it’s time for something different it has to be different”, says Age of Artists member Stephanie Barnes. Together with Phil Dodson and Doug Shaw, kindly sponsored by Herman Miller, Betahaus, and The Wesley Hotel Stephanie is co-facilitating a series of interactive and practical organizational and personal development workshops: The Art of Innovation.
Innovation and creativity, powerful skills we need for differentiation purposes in business, and to which we are attracted as humans. Sadly, too often we let self criticism and anxiety hold us back from being creative. In the right environment, and with the right tools and techniques, we can progress past these blocks and let creativity and innovation become a regular, useful part of our daily lives and careers.
Stephanie, Phil and Doug invite you to join them for two one-day (London) or one two-day (Berlin) workshop of carefully yet loosely structured exploration and work, focusing on:
- Exploring curiosity
- Identifying and applying the creative process
- Learning ways to come up with new ideas and overcoming creative blocks
- Reflecting on and adapting our own creative strengths and weaknesses
Through our work together, you can expect to gain improved self-confidence and resilience, and take away practical tools and ideas to help you be more curious and creative, enabling you to create better work for yourself and your team. You will take away any art works you make on the day, some good quality art materials to enable you to continue your adventures, a reading list, and some creative prompts to support your learning.
Through years of experimentation and hard work in our knowledge management, collaborative, and artistic practices, we have uncovered some important qualities which are necessary in order to sustain innovation and creativity.
- Curiosity…An inquiring mind
- Resilience…Strengthening and softening
- Reflection…Thinking time
- Improvisation…Going with the flow
- A sense of community…Belonging
Exploring these themes, and how we can practice and improve them, will form the basis of our time together.
The outline for the day looks like this:
- Creativity and our organizations
- Critical Thinking
- Competitive Advantage
- Scene Setting
- Principles of Work
- Making and Doing
- Personal Example
- Deep Work
London: 1-day workshop will be offered twice, June 8 and 9, 2017
Berlin: 2-day workshop offered July 4 – 5, 2017
(Berlin is a 2-day workshop to account for differences in demand/interest based on anecdotal evidence in both cities. The workshops will cover the same material, it is the depth that will vary.)
Stephanie Barnes is a painter and knowledge management consultant. She works with organizations to make better use of what they know, utilizing her strategic business knowledge, critical thinking, and creativity in the process.
Philip Dodson: Coach, Mentor, Blogger, Artist, Podcaster, Coworking Space Operator, Facilitator and speaker.
Founder of the creative and inspirational coworking space @Work Hubs, co-founder of International Collaboration Day, founder of Dodson Commercial, Creator of the Deep Work Project and London Art Club Meetup.
It’s all about why we do what we do, not what we do. Life is all about stories and being able to tell our own story. Phil is in love with writing, art and other communication and how it helps collaboration, connection, ideas, self-confidence and productivity.
In a world that is sadly dominated by shallow and repetitive work, he is on a mission to help people have the environment and tools to be able to create meaningful deep work that will set us apart.
Doug Shaw : Artist, Organisational Development Consultant, Facilitator.
Doug is at his best when helping people find greater effectiveness, enjoyment and inquiry in their work. He believes together beats apart, productive beats busy, connection gives us meaning, and conversations are the bond. Curiosity is underrated. We are all artists.