Author Archives: Alexander

Andres Amador: On Joyful Exploration and Going Viral

On June 16, 2014, Posted by , In Creativity,Inspiration, With 1 Comment

I had a conversation with Andres Amador and his partner Ember De Quincy recently over lunch in San Francisco. I’ve known Andres for years and have been excited to see his work grow in size and complexity. His popularity skyrocketed recently when his work went viral – he’s got 194,000 likes on Facebook now! He…

The Two Modes of Creativity (and Why You Need Them Both)

On May 13, 2014, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With Comments Off on The Two Modes of Creativity (and Why You Need Them Both)

There are two different kinds of creativity and each is necessary in order to bring about a finished work. Nietzsche proposed these two modes in “The Birth of Tragedy.” On the one hand we have “Dionysian” creativity – the mad burst of inspiration, the light bulb that flashes above your head,…

Dream Big, Start Small

On April 28, 2014, Posted by , In Creativity,Inspiration, With No Comments

As someone who has coached many artists through the process of working on creative projects I have seen one thing that tanks budding creative folk over and over: they bite off more than they can chew. In our culture we are told that “the sky is the limit” or that…

Walking Your Own Hero’s Journey

On April 14, 2014, Posted by , In Creativity, With No Comments

Odysseus, Luke Skywalker and Erin Brockovich walk into a bar and . . . uh . . . if you have a punch line to this joke, please send me an email. Otherwise, I’ll use it as a launching point to talk about Joseph Campbell’s idea of the Hero’s Journey. …

Creativity & The Shadow Presentation: Wed, 4/23/14

On April 3, 2014, Posted by , In Creativity,Facilitators,Inspiration,San Francisco, With Comments Off on Creativity & The Shadow Presentation: Wed, 4/23/14

In this fun and dynamic presentation for artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs we’ll take an unusual back door approach to new areas of inspiration and productivity. How? By looking at our psychological “shadow.” The shadow contains all the insecurities, parts we dislike, and unacknowledged impulses that we’ve had to keep in…

How To Choose A Path

On November 14, 2013, Posted by , In Creativity, With No Comments

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury You…

Virtually Here: The Importance of Faces

On December 9, 2012, Posted by , In Creativity,Participants,San Francisco, With No Comments

Have you ever taken an online course? If you’re anything like me, you may have found it somewhat lacking. Sure the material might be great, you may have great respect for the teacher, but the motivation to actually do the take-home work was probably slim to none. Even if the…

Exploring the Unknown with a Polar Bear Charmer

On October 24, 2012, Posted by , In Creativity,Facilitators,San Francisco, With No Comments

I recently found myself hosing water on my friend Robert while he played a kazoo to a toy polar bear. As I chuckled and took photos, I thought about how I had gotten there. You see, my friend Robert is an improv actor and a fellow Springboard facilitator. He asked me…