Creativity Transcends Paradigms Janice Francisco 48

February 22, 2017

Janice Francisco, Innovation Catalyst, MSc Creativity and Change Leadership

Janice Francisco operates at the intersections of change, learning, creativity and innovation.  She helps managers and their teams solve the mystery of what it means to be innovative and teaches them how to use creativity to achieve innovation, grow and transform. She is the inventor of the Think Up Innovation Framework, an integrated, agile and repeatable process applied in real work settings to build change and sustainable innovation capacity.

As an organizational development consultant she works as a creativity and innovation expert, creativity trainer, change manager, learning producer, group facilitator and executive coach. As a researcher she explores how organizations apply creativity and build cultures of innovation.

Janice is President of BridgePoint Effect, a globally focused consultancy she founded in 2001. She speaks internationally on organizational creativity, is a member of the Advisory Board to the Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Innovation and Commercialization and has developed expertise on leading change and innovation in the government, non-profit, private, and Fortune 500 sectors. She holds a Masters of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership; a Bachelor of Business Management, a Diploma in Adult Education, the International Association of Facilitator’s designation of Certified Professional Facilitator™ and is a member of the global Certification Team for FourSight Thinking Profile™ and Team Report. She is a member of the European Creative Association, the Institute for Performance and Learning, and a leader at the Creative Problem Solving Institute.

Accreditations

  • M.Sc. Creativity and Change Leadership
  • B.A. of Business Management
  • IAF Certified Professional Facilitator
  • Certified in Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Diploma in Adult Education
  • 4MAT4BUSINESS Instructional Design Methodology
  • Certified FourSight Presenter and Master Trainer
  • Certified KEYS® to Creativity and Innovation Administrator
  • Certified Stormz Digital Facilitator
  • Certified Organizational Growth Indicator Partner

Expertise: Creativity & Innovation, Creative Problem Solving, FourSight Thinking Framework, Leadership Development, Organizational Change, Instructional Design, Learning Organizations, Critical Thinking, Strategic Thinking

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Claudia Carawan Singer Songwriter 47

February 9, 2017

Creating soulful music to lift your vibe

Claudia Carawan is an award-winning singer/songwriter and speaker whose music runs deep. Her voice has been described as “goose-bump inducing” and her original songs feature buoyant melodies fused with feel-good lyrics. At the heart of Carawan’s music and mission is a belief that music is transformative. She has independently released 5 CDs:

Out of the Blue: Positive pop
Fearless: Music to help you soar
Joy Rising: Music to help you get your “joy rising” Unfinished Business: Sassy, sexy blues & R&B Magic in the Air: A sparkling holiday collection

Inspirational Speaker

Carawan was so inspired after hearing Maya Angelou speak that she began creating “Music Lessons” (presentations that integrate story-telling, music and humor). As a speaker Carawan weaves her messages, music and humor together seamlessly into presentations for conferences, retreats, churches and professional organizations.

Workshops, Retreats & Concerts

As a workshop facilitator Carawan conducts a variety of interactive workshops on creativity, dream-building and music. In addition, Carawan performs in a variety of bands & ensembles: Solo and in the Claudia Carawan jazz quartet, Nightvision Dance Band, & The BlueBeats. Carawan has served as a Music Director at Unity of Bon Air in Richmond, Virginia for over 20 years and has touched and inspired the community with her original music, powerful performances and insight.

Outreach

When not on stage, Carawan teaches & shares music with various populations. She ran a recording studio for at-risk youth at a residential healing facility for 17 years and brings the joy of music into other facilities like nursing homes & hospitals.

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Creativity Is Going Into The Unknown - Bryan Demchinsky - 46

January 26, 2017

Bryan Demchinsky is a Montreal freelance editor and writer, the author or co-author of five books. Among them are Soup to Self-Sufficiency: Montreal’s Old Brewery Mission, with Alan Hustak (2014); After Auschwitz: One Man's Story, an as-told-to biography of Hermann Gruenwald (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006); and Storied Streets: Montreal in the Literary Imagination, with Elaine Kalman Naves (Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 2000). The American Library Association chose After Auschwitz as its best university press book published in Canada in 2007. Bryan is also the editor of many other books.

Since leaving a career job at Montreal Gazette in 2011 he has published in various magazines and newspapers. Much of what he learned as editor and writer came from working at The Gazette and five other Canadian newspapers for 35 years. This is now being transmitted in teaching and mentorship roles, including leading seminars in editing and memoir writing for the Quebec Writers’ Federation. Among other projects, he is currently at work on a family memoir.

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Creativity, Ritual & Raspberries. Sofia Wren. 43

November 16, 2016

Sofia Wren helps writers and creatives ready to get themselves out there in a bigger way, who want to make faster progress and reach more people. She guides them to get comfortable being seen for who they truly are and to expose their work and message to more people.  Sofia Wren provides writers and creatives with intuitive, practical support to help them reach their creative goals.

She has been writing daily since 2009, and has helped dozens of writers start and maintain writing practices. Her work is featured in magazines online such as Quantum Success Magazine, and Silent Voices UK. 

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It’s A Choice. Dr. Paul Jenkins. Positivity Speaker & Coach. 42

November 9, 2016
About Dr. Paul

Summary

I am a psychologist.  I started into school thinking that I would become an engineer, in fact I was a chemical engineering major when I started at BYU way back in 1984.  I figured I could make some money using all of those sweet math and science skills that came pretty easily to me.  I chose to become a psychologist when I realized that I have a passion for assisting others to live their life on purpose.  There is far too much negativity, fear, and doubt in the world.  I am on a mission to lift and inspire my fellow human beings to create and live a life they love.  When I made the shift to psychology, I found out quickly that not only do I have a love and passion for what I do, I’m also really good at it.  When I do my thing, people’s lives are changed for the better.  I don’t say this to brag, but to acknowledge that I am in my element.  I believe that everyone has a “sweet spot” or a “unique mission” in life, and your sweet spot is when you do what you love for the people who love what you do.  I also believe that you have the ability to create a life around your unique mission which has a two-fold effect:  First, you begin to love your life – Second, you generate wealth.  Some people have commented to me, “Dr. Paul, you are so lucky to have a job that you love!”  Lucky??!  I made this.

I am a man of faith.  I make no apologies for this because it is my faith that gives meaning and context to everything that I do.  Those who work with me are perfectly welcomed and encouraged to include discussions about faith and the role that it plays in their life.  I’m not here to  impose my beliefs on others, and I’m not here as your spiritual advisor.  I do believe, however, that our relationship with our creator is the first key relationship we have, and that as we understand our source, life begins to make more sense.  I’m happy to share my faith and beliefs with anyone who asks – feel free to ask me about this or get a quick summary here.

In addition to my unique mission and my faith, the love of my life is that sweet lady in the picture with me.  Vicki and I were married in 1988 and it just keeps getting better.  We have four wonderful children – Ryan, Adam, Brennan, and Lyndi.  We have made our home in the beautiful mountains of Utah.  I think the best is yet to come!

 

My Faith

I was raised in the high mountain valleys of Utah, where my Mormon Pioneer ancestors fled after being persecuted for their religious beliefs.  My family has been faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for generations back on both sides.  I was raised in this faith, and have matured into my own commitment and understanding of the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Vicki and I met as we were both serving voluntary proselyting missions for the Church in Finland.  This gave us a good start on our relationship with common beliefs and experiences – and we both speak fluent Finnish as a result!  We believe that family relationships extend beyond this mortal life, and that through adherence to certain principles we can be together forever.  This adds great meaning and value to our lives.  We have raised our children in the Church as well, and at the time of this writing three of our sons have also served missions; Ryan in Fresno California (speaking Spanish), Adam in Stockholm Sweden, and Brennan in Los Angeles California (speaking Korean).  We both commit a portion of our time to voluntary service in the Church and in the community where we live.  The Church has a lay ministry with no paid clergy.  I have served twice as the Bishop of a congregation, and currently teach a Sunday School class of 14 and 15 year old youth.  My faith is a great blessing in my life and has been a defining factor for me as I have created my purposes.

Learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org and at http://mormon.org

If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and would like to see an application of some counseling principles for couples click here.

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Creative Output Depends Upon Creative Input. Ann Douglas. Author & Radio Host. 41

November 2, 2016

Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting and mental health. She is a bestselling parenting author (her most recent book is Parenting Through the Storm) and the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio. A passionate and inspiring speaker, Ann delivers keynote addresses and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country.

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Ann Douglas  
Author, radio columnist, speaker
Sparking conversations that matter about parenting and mental health
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Creativity & Motivation. Rob Dial. Coach & Podcaster. 40

October 26, 2016

Rob Dial believes that leaders are not born, they are groomed. From the time Rob started working with Dean, he has inspired the vision that leaders must first develop a clear purpose and align their behaviors with that purpose to create a worthy future. Today, Rob and Dean inspire a massive amount of people through podcasting, blogging and book writing that teach people to lead by example in every facet of their life.

Rob believes that if you help enough people get what they want, the rest is taken care of. Rob is passionate about his music career and helping people find out what they were put on Earth to do.

https://www.facebook.com/mwfmotivation/

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Creativity is a Conscious Practice. Luis Congdon. Podcaster. 39

October 19, 2016

Luis Congdon is on a mission to help others find their freedom through creating podcasts that help you get your message heard, grow an audience and make money. He has gone from homeless to running a six figure business in less than two years, and interviews experts & celebrities all around the world to enlighten, inspire & inform his listeners on how to improve their personal and professional life. “Thriving Launch” is now one of the top rated podcasts on iTunes, which broadcasts multiple times per week. You can check it out here: ThrivinggLaunch.com

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