Killed for your creative thinking…

Je suis Anna

Je suis Anna

Imagine the very thing you live to create being the thing that one day would lead to your death?

And a death with a violent end, via an unknown to you gunmen; aggrieved at your creative interpretation of ‘their’ religion…

Events of this week have led me to ponder more than usual what is it that drives some to create with the pen, the brush…

Some with the gun?

I’m under no illusion that the events in France are created acts… acts stemming from thinking overtime that leads to actions, and in this case more thinking, planning and putting into action. Actions that within the minds of the, now, killers were ‘justifiable’.

So what am I thinking about… where we create ‘others‘ as different than us.

Where we draw conclusions about how ‘we‘ (which is really an ‘I think’ hidden in the group think, in disguise) think/be/do better, differently opposed to what ‘they‘ think/be/do less than…(here its either a ‘you’ in disguise or the nebulous ‘they’ – a generalised and separated ‘other‘).

So how is this creative? Our creative thinking leads us to picture the world, hang a frame on what we see.

This in turn creates actions, drawing to conclusions, inventing scenarios, living out dramas where we are the author of our own plays, mini series… and eventually full blown wars.

What also comes to mind is how a piece created for a daily paper; a cartoon drawn to highlight a joke about another’s religion can seem so far away from those who believe. Especially if its not what I choose to believe…

Rowan Atkinson quote #2

“The freedom to criticize ideas…” Rowan Atkinson

It strikes me in the supposed PC world we live in, or at least we ‘think’ we do we are both striving for and missing the mark…

Yet we are free to believe, creatively think, speak and act …

Freedom of speech is a human right worth dying for… then when some of ‘us’ act in ways outside of what ‘we‘ deem appropriate  (I’m in no way condoning murder and terrorism in any form) we are up in arms.

And this is the dichotomy, the mystery, the gifts of Life I continue to ponder on, seek the truths within and to create from that space…

Lyrics to Proper Propaganda – Dilated Peoples 

With press passes, we bring it to you as it happens
The streets love my crew for music and rappin’
Street commander slash beat expander
Here to fight the slander with the proper propaganda
What’s happenin’? You got a question then ask it
The news is just a TV show, get past it
And this, from a quiet wartime journalist
Headlines, wake up, refuse and resist
Like this, like this, like thi-thi-this, y’all

We kick finance, action and scores of sports
Politics, new fashion and war reports
Entertainment, when we come to perform, watch
And the illest weatherman in the biz, I’m storm watch
Triclops Media, record, tape and TV
Net radio, CD or DVD, iriscience
Write rhymes on paper time
This is why Baboo is scratching and keeping time

I make the people listen boogy down and move
I make the people listen boogy down and move, yeah
I make the people listen boogy down and move

Glory, the pen is mighter than the sword
‘Cause the pen gives the word sending swords to war
They twisted it when they quoted Mao Tse-tung
They said political power comes from the barrel of a gun
The officer meets his fate, by .44, .38
It was a dirty deed but that don’t mean a dirty case
Witnesses against the state are shushed
Facts overlooked so the judge can throw the book
Perhaps for politicians with something to prove
In the city where they blew the roof off and move

Yo, questions when answered leads to more questions
Why’d it take months to remember a confession?
The principles are the same even without the name
But I still say, “M U M I A”
I have to fight, it could easily be me
But just being the thinker than speakin’ it freely
Although I use my brain before using a fist
Don’t push it, wake up, refuse and resist

4 Rooms for Living In – essentials for self nurture and self care…

Clara Jones & I first connected via Twitter… and the rest, as they say, is history. Living proof that there still is genuine, mutually supportive and authentic relationships to be made across the twittering classes.

Like me Clara is a coach who works mainly with women with North Wales as herphysical base whilst she weaves her unique blend of creative coaching, mentoring and personal development with women 1-2-1 or in groups across the world.

I can now say I am in the great company of an ever growing number of inspirational women who Clara interviews for her website and blog http://www.4roomsliving.co.uk/

I have answered a range of questions all about different aspects of self nurture and care and where I get side tracked, reach burn out and simple ways I do my best each day to stay on track…

You can keep up to date with what is inspiring Clara each day via her Twitter account…  @4roomsliving

And keep re-visiting her website as she add more and more new women’s stories of self care & love… inspirational and safe haven to re-visiting when you feel a wee bit wobbly, as is natural. Happy reading & sharing!

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Self nurture and self care… what’s inspired me to keep on keepin’ on

Ignite Your Creativity Day Retreat in The City 21.09.13

Creative Retreat, East London with Anna B. Sexton & Penny Stanford

   Creative Retreat, East London with Anna B. Sexton & Penny Stanford

  Open To Create… presents

  Ignite Your Creativity retreat day in the City

 

Saturday 10am – 5pm 21st September 2013

This bespoke creative making and thinking day has been specially made for those of you who find it hard even to retreat away from the city f      for a weekend.

Picture yourself slipping away for the day to a magical place hidden in the East of London – that really is a hidden gem…

One step through the front door into the creative making hub you will feel inspire, welcomed and at home.

    Your Investment  –  £80 (waged)   £60 concessions (full time student/low income)

We deliberately keep the group size intimate to no more than 12 places. Secure your place by sending your deposit NOW

    £30 deposit – your remaining fee due by 19th September 2013

 

 

Venue

The Create Place, 29 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ

Directions

What will you being doing?

Together during the day you will re-ignite your unique version & vision of creativity in this special hub space created to champion all forms of creativity in the heart of bustling East London.

You will be encouraged and supported to play with making your own personal road map, hand folding and filling your personal guide book and experiment with your unique creative ways to think and make creatively on your own or in groups.

The session runs promptly from;

10am – 5pm Saturday 21st September 2013

Investment of your time 7 hours over a Saturday £80 / £60

We deliberately keep the group size intimate to no more than 12 places*

For your gift to yourself you will receive;

Benefits – based on feedback from previous retreaters

  • Feeling myself in free flow and connection within an extraordinary group
  • The reconnection I had with my own sense of play
  • The feelings of great joy from creative making especially my handmade book
  • Being in the group helped me to see I can do what I creatively love to do and that what was missing was the ‘community’ of creative explorers to do this with me
  • Re-connection to fun whilst being grounded and connected at the same time
  • How important being in a trusting and supportive atmosphere brings about pure creativity, love, warmth and this helped my creative process no end
  • To know in myself I am on my right path
  • To have re-discovered that place within me where creativity lives – to have re-discovered my creative engine

Features

  • Personal creative coaching and mentoring from Anna B. Sexton on both days
  • Work with guest creative professionals – Penny Stanford – hand made book maker & fine art printer
  • All creative materials
  • Morning tea & coffee and pastries
  • Afternoon tea
* one place on the day is gifted to those of you who feel a calling to join in & right now it’s not doable to join please email anna@opentocreate.com for more details of how to apply

Call ME!! 07941 655 856 to let us know your needs

or email anna@opentocreate.com

Join in with the conversation via Open To Create… dedicated events page

https://www.facebook.com/events/379197532198076/

Playing with a creative challenge to re-wild my life during Sept 2013

Already loving the challenge of getting out daily for 30 minutes into the ‘wild’…

Day 1 of the challenge – supporting Tim Ridley lead his final art walk on Epsom & Ashtead Common, Epsom, Surrey http://artist-walks-epsom.blogspot.com/Image

Here’s 2 links to my rubbings made on a tree at the highest point of the common

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For me this means into nature that surrounds me in the city of Ol’ London town.

The Re-wilding challenge comes from the awesome folk @ We Are Wilderness

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for some wild images coming from this blog in the next 28 days – gosh who knows what wild and mysterious creatures and features I will discover in my urban field trips…

More later…

I am off to look at the stars…

Creativity nestles in a corner of Poplar

It’s a real moment in one’s Life when you can read a beautiful, evoking piece of writing about something you’ve created, that is close to your heart…

Well it’s happened and thanks to East Londonista I am brimming with pride and gratitude for her creative efforts in her latest blog.

http://londonandeast.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/creativity-nestles-in-a-corner-of-poplar/

Do check it out and devour the whole article!

It perfectly evokes the feelings, sensations and sense of connection we all co-created together early in August 2013…

It really goes to prove the power of Twitter which is how I first met East Londonista and our creative connections online went from there… Beautiful… I can end this day a wee bit more happy and proud than I started off.

And keep my momentum going for the next Dinner & Drawing Tuesday 3rd September 2013 6.30pm – 9.30pm Open To Create… HQ, 4 Jones House, off Blair Street, London E14 0NT Follow this link to find out more and book via our link https://www.facebook.com/events/627914393903963/

I trust you enjoy and looking forward to greeting you at Dinner & Drawing very soon !!

Have a creative power day

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How do you creatively power your day up?

Today I meditated,  cooked up a power breakfast of veggies, artisan bread, British goat’s cheese followed by a power cycle into the wind.

I have a lovely creative catch up with Marianne Hartley – Hartley & Soul Designs @ Tate Modern.

Then some r&r at my acupuncturist.

Followed by reviewing what’s new on the creative project horizons.

What do you like to do to create your most powerful days?

Do tell!!

Posted by Anna B. Sexton out & about on creative & playful journeys
Find out more about Open To Create… http://www.opentocreate.com

Creative Thinking… how you can be more creatively playful

CREATIVE THINKING WORKSHOPS – as part of Idea Store, Tower Hamlets, London UK ‘Summer School’

1st August 1pm -3 pm

Shadwell Learning Centre, Off the Highway, London E14 

BOOK YOUR £5 ticket via this link

Imagine you have a paper bag in front of you… 

You are invited to put your hand into it with your eyes shut…

With your eyes shut you stick your hand into the bag however feels most right for you…

You delve around in the bag and come into contact with all manner of objects large and small…

Some you can recognise through the shape your can touch, the outline of a familiar form…

Other’s feel alien to you – sharp, crinkly or smooth…

Anna B. Sexton from Open To Create...

Creative Thinking workshop @ Idea Store, Tower Hamlets

What are these objects, what do they mean and why this collection of objects all brought together in the bag this way?

Well this creatively playful exercise is The Bag of Creative Surprises  and forms part of  Creative Thinking workshop running as part of Idea Store Summer School July & August 2013.

The purpose of the workshops are to invite you to approach your challenges in more curious and creative ways.

To make your own Bag of Creative Surprises collect together the following materials;

  • A paper bag/s
  • A collection of random objects i.e. a wrapped sweet, a pebble, cotton wool, paper clip, leaf – this can be expanded and opened up depending on what is available to you
  • 2 x pieces of blank A4 paper
  • A pen

Place all the objects in your bag

Make some time that will be interrupted i.e. no music, kids, pets etc.

Ask yourself either of following questions (or tweaked version to best serve your purpose)

“What biggest challenge that I currently face can be solved by me sticking my hand into the Bag of Creative Surprises?”

“How best can I learn what I need to learn by sticking my hand into the Bag of Creative Surprises?”

Then in your own time with your eyes shut stick your hand into the bag… take at least 5 minutes to experience, play with and experiment with the experience of doing this and the thoughts, answers, ideas that spring up from the process.

When you feel ready to begin writing down what you have learnt do so – and keep writing until you feel its come out

Then stop for a 5 minute break to break your state and then come back to revisit your insights.

From the writing you made in response to your challenge – ask yourself the next set of questions

What are the nuggets of wisdom?

What are the clear actions you want to take forward? Pick no more than 5 with clear time frames so you can measure how on track you are.

Then test out the actions by asking;

  •  How realistic & practical are they?
  • How excited you are about taking these on?

And go forth and create… whatever it is you will have come up with new creative angles on your current big challenge

My hope is had more insight into your own unique creative outlook on Life. Just by sticking your hand into a paper bag…which is a lot like Life

i.e. you get as much as you stick your hand into it!

BOOK YOUR PLACE – NOW via this link

www.opentocreate.com

http://www.ideastore.co.uk/

Creative collaboration grows reciprocal networks…

How? Which way? and quite frankly Why?

Creative Choices article by Meena Toor

Creative Choices article by Meena Toor
Effective Networking

Indeed… these days with social media and it’s proliferating ways of reaching out via text, photos and now video via Instagram… where will it end?

Do you often feel overwhelmed and not really sure what the point maybe of getting involved? And whatever happened to face to face meet ups?

Don’t give up is the message from me, someone who like you can’t always see the benefits of doing the ‘social’  media thing as well as the face to face networking…

Well hopefully this story of how one connection leads to another and the mutual benefits these have lead to will re-inspire you to keep the faith and keep on keeping on with reaching out and expanding your ever growing networks.

Naomi Woodis introduced me to Alison Seddon via Facebook back in January 2012. To be fair I don’t think I really knew where it would lead – I did know Naomi was very well networked with inspirational creatives across all art forms. So I was definitely curious…

Alison & I met for coffee/mint tea a couple of weeks later – we realised we both could benefit from sharing skills and experience. Alison is an expert forum theatre specialist, coach and facilitator across a range of clients especially corporate companies who engage her to help them act out their challenges in creative and fun ways.

Over the coming months we co-crafted ‘Authentic Creative Networking’ workshop

We then successfully ran our workshop together back in July 2012… read the results here

Skip forward to June 2013 and in the process of setting up and running the workshop again Meena Toor from Creative Cultural Skills came across the information about the workshop on Twitter (I was also using Eventbrite, Facebook, Instagram and blogging to share about the workshop, reach out to new groups to seek out new participants).

She was unable to come to the workshop but thankfully offered to interview me and now there is a very nuts & bolts article about ‘Effective Networking’ published on Creative Choices website…

Read her article NOW!

So now through putting in the work, without really knowing whether or not initial face to face and social media connections would lead to anything – boom new creative collaborations and reciprocal networks have grown and taken me and Open To Create… in directions I would never have dreamt of when starting off getting into more on and offline networking.

Its also fabulous as both Murry Collins and Gerry Sexton – both participants in the workshop hoping to grow their professional photography practices have their images from workshops included and credited in the article! Yeah!

So don’t give up and keep on reaching out and let me/us know how you get on…

We’d love to hear your success stories too!

Naomi Woodis http://www.naomiwoddis.com/

Alison Seddon https://twitter.com/alisoneseddon

Creative Cultural Skills http://ccskills.org.uk/

Creative Choices http://www.creative-choices.co.uk

Gerry Sexton http://1x.com/member/gerarddominic

Murray Collins https://www.facebook.com/murray.collins1

Open to Create… known for for igniting people’s creativity in unique, quirky and playful ways.

image by Anna B. Sexton

Creative Coaching, creative mentoring, creative play, creative thinking workshops

Open To Create… offer a creative smorgasbord of creative coaching, mentoring and playful workshop sessions.

Creative MOT sessions will re-ignite your creative process and vision.

Bag of Creative Surprises workshops take your creative ideas to a new depths.

And our magical Ignite Your Creativity Retreats will “open doors onto your imagination, heart & mind you wouldn’t know were there.”

Join in the creative action via Open To Create… Facebook page

Please contact Anna B Sexton, Director to find out more about how we can support you to be more open to creating a thriving and super successful creative business.

We work with people with ideas for start up businesses through to those with more established enterprises who want to take it to the next level.

Your interest in Open To Create… matters as do any questions, ideas & feedback you have.

Drop us a line now using the form below or call 07941 655 856 or 020 7515 9451

Coaching Tasters as part of International Coaching week

Coaching Tasters as part of International Coaching week 2012

A first for Tower Hamlets…

Coaching taster sessions to help you grow your key skills & talents to boost your chances of success in 2012.

To book your place please contact Idea Store by calling into a local Idea Store or Learning Centre. Or email ideastorelearning@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call to leave your details on 020 7364 5665 and a member of the team will call you back.