To have a landscape peppered with snake-like rocks, as occurs in the Bay Area, is not insignificant for creativity and innovation. In every creative act, something is always transformed into something else. When you begin to adapt creativity as a way of living, you begin to see it flourishing everywhere. And part of living a […]
[VIDEO] Creativity and Bay Area Innovation, Part VI: Play!
One of the most undervalued aspects of creativity and innovation is the aspect of play. Though children do it naturally, we adults tend to neglect its value, often falling into the trap of relentless, unceasing productivity. Ground zero for play grounds Recently, I made a trip The Koret Children’s Playground in San Francisco’s Golden Gate […]
Austin Hill Shaw Speaks on Creativity to Dr. Shauna Shapiro’s Positive Psychology Class at Santa Clara University
Here’s a link to an hour long presentation I gave on creativity at the Santa Clara University for a group of graduate students in the emerging and important field of positive psychology. I was invited by Dr. Shauna Shapiro, an internationally recognized teacher and advocate for mindfulness in all aspects of life. The presentation contains […]
Podcast: Creativity Expert Austin Hill Shaw Interviewed on Ian Griffin’s Professionally Speaking
Click here for Interview: Austin Hill Shaw, Creativity Instigator In June of this year, I was interviewed by Silicon Valley based professional, speech writer, and National Speakers Association member, Ian Griffin. We talked about the thrust of my speaking as a creativity expert, how I got involved in speaking about creativity, and my participation in […]
Creativity Q & A: What is the Link between Creativity and Nature, Part II?
Filmed in early August 2012 in the High Sierras, in a place named by Creative Expert, Austin Hill Shaw and his friend William James Okin as The Universal Ground of Everything, with Padmasambhava Peak and Ganesh in the background, Austin explores the links between creativity and nature in his annual wilderness retreat space. http://youtu.be/fZrtBE08mjM About the […]
Creativity Q & A: How Can We Teach Our Children to Be More Creative?
In this clip, filmed on August 1st, 2012, creativity expert, Austin Hill Shaw answers an important question from a concerned parent, “How can we teach our children to be more creative?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePZxMpKz3S4 About the Creativity Q & A Series: Creativity is more important than ever these days. In these times of rampant automation and outsourcing, our […]
Creativity Q & A: The Links Between Creativity and Intoxication
In this clip, filmed on July 25, 2012, creativity expert Austin Hill Shaw explores the links between creativity and intoxication. Thank you for your courage and willingness to bring your own creative gifts into the world!
Steve Jobs, Creativity, and His Stanford Commencement Address
In 2005, Apple founder Steve Jobs gave this raw and moving commencement address to the Stanford graduating class. Having dropped out of college himself, been fired from the famous company he started, and been diagnosed and treated for cancer, Steve Jobs’ address is extraordinary, and touches on several powerful aspects of creativity and innovation, most […]
Author of The Accidental Creative, Todd Henry, Speaks on Creativity Under Pressure
Prolific, brilliant, and/or healthy. How to balance various aspects of creativity to have a truly creative life? Attention all creators! I really enjoyed this talk by Todd Henry on the nature of creativity in an era of constant demand and high productivity. Todd puts together a powerful argument, saying that on demand brilliance is really […]
Austin Hill Shaw Talks on The Five Essentials of Designing and Building Sacred Space, Part I
In this talk, filmed at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival on the morning of Saturday, May 26, 2012, I create a framework bringing sacred outlook and a profound sense of connection into the process of designing and building specifically and creativity in general. The framework comes from Vajrayana Buddhism, also known as Tantric Buddhism, […]