Thanks to everyone who braved the cold to join us at Mex-i-can in Hamilton this Monday!
We had a great discussion with people who'd read the book cover to cover, some who'd just skimmed it, and others who haven't gotten to it yet.
Overall, this book was deemed a valuable purchase.
You should invest in this book because:
- Pocket guide in back
- it's simple
- Chapter 2 is meatier "building creative cultures", recruiting creative boards
- Eg: opportunities for creativity in board meetings, almost like warm up exercises like the "Mystery object"
- helps people to understand the cost of doing business eg: have people play a sort of price is right game, with board/colleagues eg: understand cost of advertising, etc...
- Speaking with staff that aren't involved in financial undertakings
- "Get buy in"
- Chapter three tools for creative culture
- suggests you observe target audience intentionally, as well as analogous environments
- Helpful for strategic plans, training volunteers, program development
- it suggests you read outside your discipline to gain perspective and a mental break
- useful in workshops: the creativity inventory and mind maps were used to facilitate an interdisciplinary group of graduate students' exploration of creativity
Things to watch out for:
- allow for the book (especially the first chapter) to appear too elementary because later chapters expand the ideas and suggestions
- Get staff meetings scheduled for 2 hrs before end of day, people motivated to stay on topic
- Have specialized meetings for marketing, education, etc...