Every morning when I visit my local café, I expect to receive the same thing I did yesterday... clean, strong espresso, served in a small ceramic cup, with a glass of water. Like many professions, consistency is key. On the surface, making coffee appears as a rather simple manual task... however, over the last 10-15 years you may have observed a trend within cafés for more digital and automated tools - wholly automated grinders, digital scales, electric tampers, thermometers
In one frame... tell a story. untitled - Sydney to Newcastle line. [taken by me] circa. 2003 Bluetone negative. * * * * * I only have three rules for my photography: 1. It must be candid 2. I prefer monochrome 3. Avoid photoshop #appliedcreativity #rebelcreative #streetphotography #creativity #candid #photography #innovation #creativeproblemsolving Christopher. S. Sellers is an Expert on Creativity + Innovation Founder + Director of Black Bulb Creative
After an interesting chat with a client yesterday, I recorded myself a little voice note, then threw together this quick animation... "We believe CREATIVITY to be esoteric, magical and dependent on personality... At the same time, we demand these immediate CREATIVE skill sets"... The logic doesn't marry. Have a watch/listen and let me know if it sounds familiar? * * * * * To learn more about solutions I design, leaders I coach and creative teams I work with, view my services
A sneak peek into the current chapter I'm writing on APPLIED CREATIVITY: my model driving optimal creative thinking, skills and process. Imagine you are primal man, living in a village on a tropical island. On your daily scavenge for food, you observe a cast of crabs scuttling across the white beach sands; larger than your usual crustacean, these crabs scale the nearby palm trees and proceed to knock down the rather large, heavy seeds… coconuts. With two front pincers the siz
In fifteen years of consulting, the first question organisations usually come with is... Where should we innovate? But what many organisations misinterpret is that creativity springs not from structure or process. Creativity is a language. * * * * * To learn more about solutions I design, leaders I coach and creative teams I work with, view my services here. #appliedcreativity #rebelcreative #creativity #creativeproblemsolving #innovation #designthinking #author #thoughtleade
The Story... The Puzzle... The Plan... The Results... 1 London, 2007, I was employed by a Private Members Club and Hospitality Group as their Barista Trainer across their twelve venues around the UK - it was an ideal role for me - I love to teach, I could travel and thoroughly enjoyed working with new people. About a month into the role, the Operations Manager (O.M) sat me down to explain that over the last 6-12 months the company had experienced a down-trend in revenue which
In four easy steps, I am going to show you how to creatively problem solve anything, professionally or personally, in any field you are in. Let’s start with an analogy… It’s 7am, you’re at home and you need to be in the office by 9am. Let’s say after a shower, b’fast, coffee and clothes, it’s 8am and you’re ready to leave… all of a sudden there’s some kind of crises and you cannot travel to work in the same way as you normally would, ie: car breaks down, no buses or trains, y
I don’t think anyone sets out to become an expert on anything. I mean... I dropped out of Uni to run my Masters Kung Fu school. The school was in the middle of town, I caught the train in every day, every class of every week, eight or nine times a week. I remember one afternoon walking through hail to get to the station, it only occurred to me halfway there that 'I'm pretty wet'...
I went in anyway. Within six months I was instructing beginners. After about a year I was runni
A unique trait exclusive to #creativity is the ability to observe the same information, within the same parameters, and draw out unique solutions. Where formal education/training is ingrained linear process and risk avoidance is high, intelligence becomes framed as; how quickly and articulately can you recite the answer we want to hear. This handicaps us when we are required to solve complex problems, compose original work or find solutions with no predetermined response. For
Platform 3, Town Hall Station - Sydney C.S.Sellers - 2015 A friend was curious why I share my photography on #LinkedIn, it's simple really... My job is to demonstrate how the principals of #creativity behave. It's not magic. I can show you how they apply as much to photography as #innovation, #designthinking, #creativeproblemsolving, theatre and music. And if I can illustrate how they're universal, that means you and everyone in your organisation can apply them. And more impo
A REACTION is not a SOLUTION; Why we can't rely on the 'new normal'. In our professional lives, time is a commodity.
A priority for most organisations in relation to time is: Productivity.
It is worth examining this term. The etymology of productive is rooted in Latin: Producere — Product (brought forth) . The term productiveness, was in common use, until (1809) productivity: “the quality of being productive” was later adopted as an economic term to mean: “rate of output per
How studies of Innovation misinterpret creativity. Creativity and innovation are hot topics right now with many academics rushing forward to present their most recent breakthrough observations... #designthinking However, whether it's a tech start-ups, fin-tech or some other article, their findings by-and-large, sound like this... “We observed over 100 innovative companies and this is what we found”… Forbes - “Innovation is engaged in the “bigger picture, issues outside your
The belief that ‘the best ideas ideas arrive via open candour and collaboration’ - while attractive in theory - may be dismantled with the simplest of everyday examples: Scenario #1: You are at home alone, it’s time for dinner. “What do I want for dinner”? you ask yourself.
A quick survey of the kitchen, balanced against your appetite. “I want toast”… Decision made: simple, quick, cheap, effective. You cook and eat your toast (choose your spreads) and are satisfied. Scenario
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A short excerpt on the necessity of allowing time when applying creative process. One reason Art is such an effective tool in expression and healing, specially within fields dealing with deep trauma, is that: Abstract thought allows the mind to diverge down unfamiliar pathways or detour around damaged or blocked (neural) pathways. It allows an individual time. Time for self. Time to find their own way. Indeed artistic expression for many may feel as a form of meditation; whet
If you ate at a restaurant and got sick, would you go back there? Probably not. If you ate at a restaurant and got sick, would you return to ask them for advice on how you should get better? Doesn't seem the best use of ones time. If everyone ate at the restaurant and everyone got sick and if you all went back to the restaurant to ask them how you should get better, what do they think they would tell you? "Try something else on the menu"...?. I'm curious why people rely on th
In my last talk at Digital Marketers Australia , I presented on 'How to use Video to Build Authority Relationships' (link to slides below) for Black Bulb Creative & Associates. The core issues with Authority Relationships is that they are built on trust and you they are not transactional, ie: Do Not Sell. My talk was fairly well received (as you can see) and was noted as refreshingly honest and practical. This was one month prior to COVID. Recently, many of the audience membe