The late 60’s brought humanity our first look at Earth and the 70’s brought forth yearly Earth Day’s, New Games, and an awareness that peace was a possibility. The 80’s woke up some to the reality that humanity’s hunger for more and more was ravishing Earth, destroying her beauty and resource base at ever increasing rates of speed. Environments, tools and processes woven together creating environments for emergence, collaboration, new ways of working and different ways of exploring possibilities ...these became known as the MG Taylor process and method. Here big dreams could be tended, linked, and used to foster entrepreneurial and group knowhow. Assumptions could be challenged and awakened with content and context. We could engage in mutual learning, and relationship creation with one another and all living systems. We could learn together.
Today we are far from realizing this big dream but it has not been dormant. Hundreds of others, perhaps thousands have heard either Matt or me share the dream. And today, now nearly forty years later it is gaining traction. No longer do peoples eyes glaze over as they smile and walk away. Today, there are thousands of initiatives being created throughout the world that have the intention to beautify Earth, to give back, restore what we have squandered and taken for granted. The concept of Earth Stewardship seems to be reaching a level of awareness where a tipping point is possible, where “Recreating Earth as a work of art” is reaching into schools, businesses, communities as an essential focus and products. Its a dream that speaks to hearts and minds with an impetus to join in. Big dreams give power to all who want to join and take further.
People ask me "What is up creation?" For me it is a word that says a lot. It has hundreds of stories hidden within it. It teases, appeals, speaks a rhythm and a pattern. It speaks to infrastructure, frameworks, culture, and sets me toward a long view, a big hope, and an audacious task.
Screenshot from Todd's TEDx Livermore Talk via LivestreamNote: The following is the written version of my talk at TEDxLivermore: Uncorking Creativity on September 20, 2014. When the talk is available online, a link will be posted here.
I want to begin with a simple assertion:
To be human is to be creative..
It is in our nature. Unlike batteries, creativity is included in the package.
Now, we may each have our own means of expressing this creativity, and our own perception of our creativity relative to other people may vary.
And, certainly, good arguments have been made that as we grow up and are socialized into the world, our abilities to tap into and express our creativity may diminish if they are not developed and practiced.
But at a fundamental level, whether it is expressed by baking cakes or writing code, painting portraits or snapping selfies, architecting buildings or building businesses, we are all innately and unavoidably creative.
And it is this creativity which lies within each of us that has largely brought about and enabled the world we live in, with all of it’s incredible in its beauty, sophistication and capability.
And, we have no reason not to think that immeasurable good things will continue to be brought into the world with this creative force.
The sum of our creativity is not enough.
It is not enough to solve for the kind of complex problems that we, as a species have and will continue to create as a natural course of our lives.
It is not going to be enough to solve the challenges that matter most in our organizations, institutions, communities, ecosystems and so forth..