Enter the Four rooms...

WHAT/Creative Leadership and Creative Teams

Thursday 22 Oct at 10 am was all about creative leadership. With Andy Warhol as an example of a creative in a multidisciplinary leadership role.

At 12 am I attended a meeting with Adela, my friend/tutor from my previous university.

Later in the day I tuned into the Adobe MAX conference to watch a session on Planning Your Next Step in a Creative Career — on Purpose - S6000

Today’s Task

Example of Creative Leadership

Read - Leading Beautifully: The Creative Economy and Beyond

SO WHAT/Focus, focus, focus

Admittedly, I didn’t pay as much attention as I usually do during the morning session. For some reason it sounded like a lot of blabbing around the subject of creativity and not a whole lot of actionable/valuable information. This might be because I come from a creative background rather than the business and marketing side. I know that my course mate, who did Advertising before her MA, found the presentation quite fascinating. I on the other hand didn’t have that many takeaways from the presentation.

Thankfully, the article we have been given was juicy with provoking ideas and information. I inhaled every word and contemplated the complexity of the issues we are facing. This is certainly not my first rodeo! When I was working on my Major project on human well-being and design, I have had similar thoughts. I have made quite a few notes, but I would love to discuss this at large with someone. Unfortunately, the Zoom call isn’t the best for such activities.

The meeting with Adela was great! We have discussed the organization of the MA and how I am feeling. The truth is that I feel like I am slowly being stripped down to nothingness - I don’t know who I am, I don’t know what I want to do or who I want to be – a perfect blank slate. That’s when Adela let me in on the four rooms method secret, used to change one’s mindset and make them more malleable. Fantastic! At least, I know I am on the right track.

We have also discussed employability and where my future goes. I realized that I don’t want to be just another monkey shifting text, enlarging logos or cropping photographs, it wouldn’t be fulfilling. Something that stuck with me is how Adela described me – a social designer. It felt like someone just called my name, it felt right!

I just don’t fit in a box, I wouldn’t exactly ‘fit in’ a group of Graphic designers or Product designers, engineers, psychologists or scientists but I am sure we would have a lot to talk about.

Another great find was this article addressing the issues of product design roles and the recent fragmentation within this area. -

Lastly, I still have a lot on my mind from the previous few days of Bootcamp. So much so, that I find it hard to turn my brain off. I even shared some of my thoughts on LinkedIn:

Who are you?

Chances are, that if you are like me, you would attack this question using logical thinking. Automatically responding with your vocational status after you have deduced the simple equation:

'Who I am' = 'What I do'

But is that really the case?

Personally, I would bend this statement a little. If we were to accept an equal relationship between 'Who I am' and 'What I do' it would lead to a mental state where change is impossible. Leaving us with no room to grow, to evolve.

My version of the statement looks very similar to the original:

'Who I am' depends on 'What I do'

This reconfiguration creates an essential loophole. You have the option to change what you do and become a better version of yourself. Furthermore, 'Who you are' isn't just about 'What you do', you are so much than that.

I guess that the main takeaway is that You are responsible for your own happiness.

Soo... Who are you?

NOW WHAT/Just keep going

- Look at the resources that Adela mentioned during our meeting:

  • Paolo Cirio

  • Lab4Living

  • TouchDesigner

  • Devices for Dignity

- Work on the RSA Presentation for University of Derby

- I could bring up the article with my course mates and have a group discussion.

- Think about my area of leadership

Think about my values.

Identify what influences my practise (Pieter Desmet, Chris Do, Adela Glyn Davies, Don Norman, Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi,…)