The Manifesto

I believe that everyone has the power to be creative: to think differently, to expand their worldview, to make the world a better place for what they know and can do. I believe that regardless of how you interact with the world, there is a way that exists for you. And I believe that all of this can be done with a laugh, a smile, and an understanding that fun has a place in achieving those goals.

I believe in empowering you to achieve those goals in a fun, interactive, and – crucially – practical way. I believe that there is as much (or more!) knowledge in a room, amongst colleagues and collaborators, as lies with me; I’m committed to creating training and development opportunities that capitalize on that knowledge, and that help you to use it for good. And I believe that you will be better at work and in life for the time you spend with me.

CREATIVITY

One of my least favorite statements on the face of this earth is, “I’m not creative.”  The fact of the matter is, most of us have had the creativity trained out of us. An orientation toward facts, processes, and concrete results has taken the place of big questions like “what if?” or “how can we?”

Through exercises, questions, and conversations, I’m aiming to reclaim creativity as a trait universally contained in each individual.

HUMOR

According to laughter scientist (I want that job…) Larry Provine, babies laugh 15 times more than their grown-up counterparts. When did the idea of “adulting” get so boring? Too many adults have given up on the idea of fun, laughter, and whimsy as a part of everyday life. I want to help you incorporate worldviews, techniques, and philosophies that encourage you to (1) laugh more each day, and (2) help others do the same.

ENERGY

In so many ways, this is where it all started for me. Introverts and extroverts alike should have the opportunity to survive, thrive, and lead in the classroom, at work, in the world.

Q: How can we cultivate spaces that allow these seemingly divergent personalities to thrive?
A: By busting myths about the needs of each group, helping colleagues and peers understand one another, and creating practices and environments that create the best chance for universal success.

These are the pillars of my professional philosophy- I hope to be able to share them with you here, in other spaces I create and inhabit online, and in-person with your colleagues, peers, and organizations.