Category Archives: Principles / Concepts

Some of the concepts and principles, the theory, so to speak, of creativity.

Wabi-sabi; beautiful accidents

My understanding of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, may not be very sophisticated, but to me it’s about the beauty of an accident, the good feelings that come from loosening up, and using tools that we are only beginning to understand.

I tried to be really open in rewriting the About me page for this site, in the form of how the site is NOT About Me.

A magical space…

Whenever I stand in front of this gateway to Gaudi’s Casa Milá I am happy. In part, because it means I’m in one of my favorite cities, Barcelona, but also because I am about to tour spaces that feel more like entering a living creature, than like walking through an apartment building.

UNDERSTANDING and manifesting the conditions most nurturing to our individual creativity is a key concept for enhancing our progress in making what we most need to make. The metaphor for this is a CREATIVE SANCTUARY, and idea borrowed from Creative Visualization guru Shakti Gawain.

One aspect is to spend time surrounding by affirmation…


Enhanced Creative Confidence!

The mission of is to build creative confidence. The projects, links, and activities on this blog are drawn from our courses in Visual Thinking, which have been taught at Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, for the past 18 years.

“A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.”
― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

We have helped hundreds of students in the course apply innovation thinking to all sorts of issues in life and business. Wherever you are at with your Creativity I.Q., we can push it higher. The shocking thing, is that you can have fun, while you grow in new directions.

We’re excited to get started, and look forward to your input in developing a place where everyone can feel more power in creative expression, and thinking outside the box.


A question comes to mind… Who is the most creative person in the world now? What does he or she need to use their power to make the planet a better place?

Who, of anyone in history was the most significant creative genius? What can we learn from them? What would it feel like to have that sort of generative energy?

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James Turrell and other artists create transcendent spaces by carefully manipulating the quality of light.
James Turrell and other artists create transcendent spaces by carefully manipulating the quality of light.