Month: October 2015

Cycles of creativity

This week I was very lucky to be invited to take part in an experiment led by Generate, road-testing a model of creativity with a group of people working in a range of artforms: writers, visual artists, and dramatists, all at different stages in their creative projects. Generate Coaching Partnership is made up of professional coaches Emma Haughton and Lisa Westbury who work with teams and organisations in the creative and social sectors to realise their vision and potential. Drawing on thinking from Gestalt psychology, Emma and Lisa's model helps people understand their creative process as a cycle, which starts in 'the fertile void', and moves through distinct stages of idea generation, commitment and experimentation, into planning, doing and finally completing and letting go of the work.  Their contention is that the each stage of the process feels quite different when you're in it, and getting the most out of each stage of the…

Mysterious letters start arriving…

A few weeks ago a letter came to the house, addressed to my kids. It was in a plain envelope, with the address typed onto the front.  Local postmark. Inside, it read: 'base 4757 17 september 2037 dear dexter and euan i almost cant beleeve this is going to work. but its worth a shot. theres a masheen here. its big and brown with a metal keybord and lether straps. we arent allowed to use it. the grown ups have there own plans for it. maybe there worried were going to brake it. i type into the masheen and it sends a mesij into the past. about twenty years into the past, if ive set it up rite. if this works the way they say it does, the mesij will bounce off a receever stashun in your time, and if thats working it will make a print out and mail…