Cultural Creatives, Are you One?




Ken Robinson has said that “The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they're valued.

How are we doing with this?

Now more than ever we must be willing to fully embrace the time for letting go of how it used to be. Step into our creative capacities to re-imagine & work together differently.
How many times have you started with a new group; job or project with others, only to hear how it is and how it has been. Often we say we want different & yet continue to embed processes that keep the same in check. Traditions, processes and structures of predictability offer a sense of security and stability. Life in general, across many areas is quite uncertain. So, it’s of no surprise that we gravitate towards what creates little certainty. The question often comes where we ask….is the certainty worth it?



Change is happening whether we like it or not. What once was viewed as something to be managed; change has now become our new state of norm.

What does this mean for us individually? Collectively?
Some are welcoming this and stepping up to the plate with their unique offerings to help us all ride the wave of evolution. This approach can at times feel at odds with traditional approaches to change management.

 

 

Working with the energies of change more organically calls forth deep questions of: how are we being; how do we intimately relate to creativity and what do we believe, value and hold as a possibility when it comes to change?

These inquiries take us to the edge of what we hold as possible for ourselves, each other & the systems with which we lead.

Who are you BEING today, with creativity & change?


Close to ten years ago, I dove into Bruce Lipton’s second book called: Spontaneous Evolution.

I was excited to deepen a conversation that began to shift my thinking dramatically after reading his first book: Biology of Belief in 2008.

So much of the wisdom shared in these two books inspired my own consideration of what’s possible. At the time I was still working in health care, leading change and supporting initiatives designed to improve systems of health practices & health leadership. I was hot on the pursuit to discover new ways to change “the system”.

A concept that clicked & still to this day inspires my thinking AND passion is the notion of imaginal cells.


Imaginal Cells

From within the dying population, a new breed of cells begins to emerge, called imaginal cells. Clustering in community, they devise a plan to create something entirely new from the wreckage.

Out of the decay arises a great flying machine—a butterfly—that enables the survivor cells to escape from the ashes and experience a beautiful world, far beyond imagination. Here is the amazing thing: the caterpillar and the butterfly have the exact same DNA. They are the same organism, but are receiving and responding to different organizing signals.
— Bruce Lipton


Can you see the imaginal cells in your systems ? (family; work; community)

Fast forward a decade, I have continued to study, experiment, coach, teach and lead different approaches of development both on an individual & collective level. Now, “outside” of the system for close to five years, I can say in many ways I miss it. It’s funny what gift space and time outs can offer us.

My travels and explorations have continued. Like a proverbial dog with a bone, I have been driven by intense curiosity about people, change and how else I/we might crest & transverse the divide of transformation, together. I have and continue to challenge my thinking by learning.


Learning is one of I believe our most precious gifts & capacities as a species.

When we stop learning, we stop growing. When we stop growing, well, we loose our connection with meaning, love & purpose.
— Cathy Saunders, Choice Point Living

In my travels I am deeply blessed to meet and learn from many pioneers and way showers. People who’re showing up, in my opinion as imaginal cells.

There are great paradoxes alive today. We see core system structures dying. And we see innovative pioneers emerging in all arenas seeking to lead us forward differently, together.

It’s more common now to be asking ourselves deeper questions, together in many arenas of our lives, work & communities. This breathes hope into the moment.

Real solutions for our times, whether in our personal lives or culturally live in the courage of our questions. Our willingness to step into a space of uncertainty, where we don’t know, what we don’t know.

Ask what’s possible, not what’s wrong. Keep asking.
— Margaret J. Wheatley


Diversity, gender, economy, business, education, health….you name it all have been pushing the membrane of potential. Can you feel it?


Cultural Creatives

Recently I have been inspired by so many movements that are lead by individuals who in many ways fit what Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson call Cultural Creatives. In their book by the same name.

Do you resonate with the call to be a cultural creative?

Want to explore & learn more?

Check out the list of attributes and various videos of relevant conversations here.