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Creativity Clinic 13 – How to make things frequently

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Release Date: 01/30/2017

What is Creativity? show art What is Creativity?

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What is creativity? How does it relate to things like problem-solving, risk-taking, impulsiveness and excitement?

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What's the point of empathy? show art What's the point of empathy?

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Is empathy important in business? Can you have too much empathy to be successful? What's the connection between empathy and power? 

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Alex McLean – creating communities and interference patterns show art Alex McLean – creating communities and interference patterns

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Alex McLean is a well-known artist, musician, researcher, and coder based in Sheffield. He is the creator of Tidal Cycles, free software for writing music, and is one of founders of live coding and the algorave phenomenon.

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Creativity Clinic 21: Four ways to keep motivated in an age of freelancing, procrastination and the gig economy show art Creativity Clinic 21: Four ways to keep motivated in an age of freelancing, procrastination and the gig economy

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The world has changed since I last talked about motivation. More than ever, we're addicted to devices, addicted to YouTube, addicted to interrupting and derailing our thoughts – addicted scuppering our plans in favour of a quick hit!

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Creativity Clinic 20: One creative branding tip, and how I'm rebranding this podcast! show art Creativity Clinic 20: One creative branding tip, and how I'm rebranding this podcast!

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I used to think that branding was about coming up with the story we'd like to tell, but now I think it's more about uncovering the story that's already there. In this special extra-long Creativity Clinic, I talk about a practical technique that has helped me to work on the Hack Circus podcast brand in the run-up to the next series of this show, and give some hints of what's in store. 

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Nathan Geering – accessibility innovation through beatboxing and b-boy dancing show art Nathan Geering – accessibility innovation through beatboxing and b-boy dancing

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Nathan Geering is a dancer, teacher and innovator known for his work with visually impaired people. He has created dance that's accessible for visually impaired people to both watch and participate in, and has begun to develop a beatbox shorthand system as an alternative form of audio description for movement. Nathan was the Artistic Director for the Special Olympics in 2017. We discuss how a kung-fu background helps, plus how technology contributes to depression, how he overcomes fears + more.

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Creativity Clinic 19: The value of paying attention in an attention scarce world! show art Creativity Clinic 19: The value of paying attention in an attention scarce world!

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The world is a rough place at the moment. One easy way we can improve it for ourselves and those around us is by upping the quality of our interactions with people. If we really listen, if we really read emails etc, we will set ourselves apart from most others. It creates a global paucity of interactions, with everyone imagining they've got the measure of the next person, and don't need to bother listening anymore. Give quality time and you'll get quality time back.

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Creativity Clinic 18: The waiting game – gambling on the big gigs show art Creativity Clinic 18: The waiting game – gambling on the big gigs

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If you've had some success in the past, it's not because you kept gambling on high stakes gigs, it's because you kept producing quality stuff. If you find yourself waiting back on a load of promises, I recommend putting the things you can't work on yet out of your mind, and using the time to develop yourself positively. It's the tiny changes you make to yourself and your life that will have huge effects down the line.

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Maggie Nolan – 'Applied Improv' for consultancy and corporate workshops show art Maggie Nolan – 'Applied Improv' for consultancy and corporate workshops

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Maggie Nolan is a consultant and trainer, bringing techniques from improvisation practice into businesses. She launched her agency Start With A Yes over a year ago, combining years of experience of teaching and performing and applying them in a fresh context – to business. In this chat we discuss the improv scene in the UK, how long-form improv works, and the range of reactions to 'applied improv' – particularly when it turns up unexpectedly in your office. We also chat about the differences between teaching children and adults to "yes, and", some of the many problems improv can solve...

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Creativity Clinic 17: Prioritising Ideas show art Creativity Clinic 17: Prioritising Ideas

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This week I take on a listener's question about prioritising ideas: how do we decide what's most important? Is it better to do dig into one big thing or skim lots of little ones? In this short episode, I suggest it might be all about values, explain why I'm not really an artist, and consider how long-term working can be off-set by complimentary 'slight' ephemeral work. I also draw on the wisdom of previous HC podcast guest, Nadia Kamil. Get in touc with your questions!

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If you want to get stuff made regularly, get your duty on and work out who you're doing it for.

In this episode, Leila addresses the common misconception that creative work always has to follow on from an urge, or desire. She explains why you can never put your hopes in motivation – it won't stick around. Get a routine, and do it for someone else, and you'll stand a chance of getting to done.

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