38 minutes | Mar 27, 2023
Episode 75: Andrea Sampson - Call to Creativity
Andrea Sampson has a natural talent for developing compelling stories and persuasive content. Her job is to help bright people communicate their ideas to an audience. She talked about the role of storytelling, visuals, and how she assists people. With over 25 years of experience in marketing and advertising, Andrea Sampson is a former Strategist and Consultant. She has presented and developed strategies for Fortune 100 companies. Andrea is sought after for her assistance in helping teams and executives develop their presentations or pitches. Four years ago, Andrea's passion for ideas led her to volunteer at TEDxToronto as a Speaker Coach. She eventually became the Director of Programming in 2015 and the Conference Co-Chair in 2016. This voluntary role was instrumental in the creation of Talk Boutique, a speaker management, development, and representation company. Andrea was also the Co-Director of the 2017 Singularity University Canada Summit. LINKS: Andrea Sampson - Special Guest LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/acsampson Twitter - https://twitter.com/LightningRod29 Website - http://www.talkboutique.com/ Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | Mar 20, 2023
Episode 74: Donna Loughlin - The Creativity Before it Happened
If you’ve ever considered launching your own business, this is the show for you. Donna Loughlin has helped over 500 businesses come to market and is full of insights for budding entrepreneurs. Donna Loughlin is the Founder of LMGPR and known for her work with futurists and innovators. She has launched more than 500 companies taking them from stealth to market leaders since forming her agency in 2002. She is also the host of “Before It Happened”, a leading narrative podcast featuring visionaries and the moments, events, and realisations that inspired them to change our lives for the better. Donna excels in the realm of storytelling, and uses those skills to propel new companies into the mainstream. LINKS: Donna Loughlin - Special Guest LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/donnal2/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappenedshow/ Website - https://www.lmgpr.com Podcast - https://www.beforeithappened.com/ Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au The Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Mar 13, 2023
Episode 73: Melissa Marsden- The Creative Workplace
Looking for insights about the role of a physical space in building creativity and community? This is the episode for you! To Melissa Marsden, a workspace isn't just the place to come to work. Instead, it is a place that should elevate the employee experience. An interior designer and a workplace design strategist, Melissa shares insights about what a workplace is really for and the role of ‘neighbourhoods’ in the workspaces. A Workplace Dynamics Strategist and founder of COMUNiTI who reimagines work environments to drive high-performing teams, Melissa's unique Workplace Dynamics Blueprint (™) guides organisations to create workplaces that attract top-tier talent. Melissa is also the host of the popular “Work Life by Design” podcast. With over 20 years' experience in her field, her client list includes APA, Hall Chadwick, Rugby Australia, Sunshine Coast City Council, Air New Zealand, Entain, and many more. LINKS: Melissa Marsden - Special Guest LinkedIn - http://linkedin.com/in/melissamarsden Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/melmar/ Website - https://www.melissamarsden.com.au/ Podcast - Work Life By Design (melissamarsden.com.au) Book - The Next Workplace Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
42 minutes | Mar 5, 2023
Episode 72: Rachel Barnard - Creative Justice
Rachel Barnard's project, “Young New Yorkers”, is a powerful example of creativity as a force for good. It’s a diversion program for young people who have been arrested in NYC that uses art and creativity as an alternative to the criminal legal system. An Australian-born architect, Rachel won a fellowship in 2011 from Columbia University's architecture school for her proposal for "Young New Yorkers", a public art platform for teens who had been arrested as adults. Her project went on to become a radical new alternative to jail for teenagers who had been arrested and prosecuted classified as adults. As she confesses during the podcast, she pitched the idea to a judge explaining that she’d won a fellowship to fund the project - but somehow forgot to mention that her fellowship was in fact, for Architecture! Via a creative process called Mapping, she has assisted over 1,400 young people to exit the criminal legal system. In this role, she partnered with multiple criminal legal agencies including NYC Criminal Courts, Kings County DA's Office, NYC Department of Probation, and the New York Police Department. It's a stunning story of how lives can be changed forever with a clear vision, a lot of grit and a dash of creative magic. Rachel is a coach, entrepreneur, and artist. She created the proprietary Map process that allows creative entrepreneurs to get unstuck and achieve their wildest dreams. She has been acknowledged in the media and has received awards and fellowships. She holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Queensland. LINKS: Rachel Barnard - Special Guest LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-g-barnard-49335751/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/redgwenblue/ Website - http://mapwithrachel.com Young New Yorkers - https://www.youngnewyorkers.org Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6 minutes | Mar 1, 2023
Episode 71 (Snippet): Paul and Chris - The Rough Ends of the Pineapple
What do home grown pineapples teach us about creativity? In this “snippet” Paul shares the heartbreaking story of the home-grown pineapple that was not-to-be. But luckily for fans of The Common Creative, the pineapple disaster has borne fruit in the form of three powerful lessons about life, the universe and (of course) creativity. Tune in to find out more about the importance of patience, the need to “strike while the iron is hot” and the meaning of what things are really worth. (Sorry, no lessons about growing pineapples) LINKS: Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
48 minutes | Feb 16, 2023
Episode 70: Peter Edwards - The Creative City
Peter Edwards an award-winning Architect, an accomplished and recognised urbanist and a leading figure in Queensland’s urban design community. He brings over 30 years of experience in architecture and urban design to provide leadership, design expertise and strategic thinking to the major projects shaping our nation’s cities. He is regularly sought as a design leader, city making expert, public speaker, and is a consistent advocate for better cities through design. Here are some juicy quotes from Peter Edwards that you don't want to miss. [11:30] - “It's very hard to come in, and to be a poet, you have to come in and be a pragmatist. And one's journey to poetry is through pragmatics.” [12:33] - “The creative act is being able to look and see the golden thread that needs to be pulled and to pull all of those things together into a unifying and compelling idea that will carry the day.” [17:18] - “You're building a huge kind of foundation of advocacy for what might be the ultimate design. “ [20:47] - “I think of simply looking at the world, and seeing an underlying beauty that has attracted you that would like you to somehow engage with more.” [24:59] - “There are cities that often made of accidents rather than made of purpose for maneuvers.” [28:30] - “City making is a really fundamentally basic thing that we do every day. If you get into Bondi in Sydney, you will see a city made and unmade every day.” LINKS: Peter Edwards - Special Guest LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-edwards-97b17129/ Instagram - archipelagoarchitects Website - https://www.archipelago.com.au/ Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
40 minutes | Jan 26, 2023
Episode 69: John Kounios - “Aha!” The Science Of Creative Breakthrough
A professor of psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia USA John Kounios is a world expert on understanding “aha moments”. Using fMRI scanners to map brain activity, John has shed new light on the way people are able to get new insight on challenges they’re facing, either through the classic “aha-moment” or through deliberate analysis. His findings crystallise many of the themes that have emerged from earlier episodes of our Neurocreativity season including: The importance of mind wandering The role of psychological safety The difference between exploratory and exploitative thinking John Kounios has held research and faculty positions at Princeton University, Tufts University, the Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. He has published research on a variety of topics in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, including knowledge representation, insight in problem solving, creativity, and episodic memory. Join us as he tells the story of his breakthrough research and how to set yourself up to experience more “aha-moments.” LINKS: John Kounios- Special Guest LinkedIn - http://linkedin.com/in/john-kounios-5242951a Twitter - https://tinyurl.com/3a852ux3 Website - https://sites.google.com/site/johnkounios/ Additional Links New York Times The Eureka Factor Book U.S Amazon Australia Amazon Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
42 minutes | Jan 9, 2023
Episode 68: Imogen Randell- Creative Tension- The Science of Research vs The Creativity of Insights
Market research companies are front and centre of the challenges of building creativity in business - they are constantly challenged to strike a balance between being faithful to the data they've gathered, whilst being creative about the insights they generate. This week’s guest, Imogen Randell, is the CEO of both Quantum Research, and Hall & Partners (part of Clemenger Group) and ideally placed to judge how to get that balance right. Join us to hear why Imogen describes herself as an adventurer and to learn about her ideas on creative flow, creative tension and creativity on the move. Imogen Randell - Special Guest LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/imogen-randell-9207635 Websites- hallandpartners.net.au qmr.com.au Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
35 minutes | Dec 19, 2022
Episode 67: Alina Gozin’a - Interdisciplinary Creativity
In this week’s episode, we welcome Alina Gozin’a, who describes herself as an interdisciplinary artist. She’s not only one of Australia's most celebrated photographers, but also an artist and a keynote speaker. Alina has lived and worked in Odessa, Sydney, Berlin, Amsterdam, LA and New York. In her ‘former life’ she was a tax advisor in Banking & Finance at PwC but her passion for storytelling led her to pursue a postgraduate degree in Media Arts and Production at UTS. She went on to become a Cannes Lions nominated award winning creative artist using photography, film and art to tell stories for global corporations. She has executed campaigns for global companies like HBO, Tribeca Film, Stan, Forbes, AFR Magazine, SMH, Good Weekend Magazine, Madame Figaro Magazine, Universal Music, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros (NYC), BMF, Grey, McCann, ABC, SBS, Channel 9, Westfield and many more. Alina had numerous solo exhibitions and is represented by Wentworth Galleries. She has photographed notable personalities such as Scott Farquhar, Frank Lowy, Andrew Forrest, Anthony Pratt, Gretel Packer, Judith Neilson, Kevin Rudd, Christine Lagarde and more. As a speaker and educator, Alina’s international experience spans across New York and Sydney, giving masterclasses, keynote speaking and The Art of Seeing for major corporations, cultural and educational intuitions LINKS: Alina Gozin’a - Special Guest LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/alina-gozin’a-23a58335 Instagram - www.instagram.com/alinagozina/ Website- www.alinagozina.com Saxton - www.saxton.com.au/speakers/alina-gozina Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
34 minutes | Dec 12, 2022
Episode 66: Renai Grace - Curating Creativity
This week’s guest is Renai Grace. She's the CEO of the Museum of Brisbane and she revolutionised the museum and brought it into the public eye. She's a visionary and her whole thing about telling the story in the social fabric of Brisbane has been incredibly successful in her six-year tenure. Renai has dedicated her career to raising awareness of the impact of creativity to connect and inspire communities and create vibrant cities. Renai Grace was appointed Director/CEO of the Museum of Brisbane in November 2016. Since joining Museum of Brisbane, Renai has led popular exhibitions including Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition (2017-2018), The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive (2018-2019), World of Wonder: Margot McKinney (2022) and initiated the bi-annual BRISBANE ART DESIGN FESTIVAL (BAD). Prior to joining Museum of Brisbane, Renai worked for some of Queensland’s leading cultural institutions and projects including Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Women of the World Festival, Northsite (formerly Kickarts) and Artisan (Queensland’s peak body for Craft and Design). She has also served as director of investment and development at Arts Queensland. As a curator, Renai has supported the work of many artists. She co-founded art galleries, Spiro Grace Art Room, Smith & Stoneley and Blindside as well as Independent Arts Management, an arts consultancy that has overseen the management of corporate art collections and orchestrated the master planning and commissioning of major public artworks across Australia. LINKS: Renai Grace - Special Guest LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/renai-grace-58472538/ Website- https://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au/ Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
52 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
Episode 65: Nigel Marsh - Creative, Committed and a Little Crazy
Nigel Marsh is the poster-boy for any professional looking to navigate the tricky balance of family, career and personal goals, whilst having some fun along the way. A former ad-man, he is now a professional coach, speaker, best-selling author and award-winning podcaster. The author of four books including his latest book ‘Smart, Stupid and Sixty’, he is the co-founder of Earth-Hour which is recognized as one of the most successful brand launches anywhere in the world. Nigel also founded and runs The Sydney Skinny - a mass nude swim that’s all about celebrating body positivity. His TED speech on work/life balance remains one of the most popular ever given outside of the USA with over 6 million views. Amongst his other roles he is a proud ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and host of the award-winning Five of My Life podcast. Challenged by Chris and Paul to explain why creativity in business is often stifled, he suggested that it’s all about defining clear goals and then pursuing them ferociously - harnessing creative tools along the way if they help you get there. His hilarious and insightful book ‘Smart Stupid and Sixty’ is Chris’ book of the year. LINKS: Nigel Marsh - Special Guest LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigel-marsh-28790416/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nigel_marsh/ Website- https://nigelmarsh.com/ Australian Indigenous Education Foundation - http://www.aief.com.au/ Sydney Skinny - Sydney Skinny Plantation Shutters and Outdoor Blinds (thesydneyskinny.com.au) Earth Hour https://www.earthhour.org.au Books: Smart, Stupid and Sixty - Smart, Stupid and Sixty Fit, Fifty and Fired Up - Fit, Fifty and Fired Up Overworked and Underlaid - Overworked and Underlaid Fat, Forty and Fired - Fat, Forty and Fired Podcast: The Five of My Life https://omny.fm/shows/the-five-of-my-life Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
37 minutes | Nov 24, 2022
Episode 64: Caroline Weaver - Sharpening Up Creativity
In this week’s episode is Caroline Weaver, who talked about the freedom of principle brought to rediscovering the pleasure of a graphite pencil on paper and how a pencil is permanent, and yet erased. Caroline Weaver is the founder of the former CW Pencil Enterprise, a pencil specialty shop in New York City, and an expert on stationery and small business retail. She lives in New York and spends her time working on ways to better support the independent businesses in her community. Caroline Weaver - Special Guest LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolineweaver Instagram - @ladygraphite Websites carolineweaver.nyc Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
Episode 63: Ben Gardiner - Raising the Bar on Creativity
In this week’s episode Ben Gardiner who is a practicing Barrister in IP law, which means he's the person who helps creatives protect their thinking of their ideas. And it's interesting, you'd imagine it'd be a rather dry, dusty topic but also has some fascinating past times outside of his day job, and they all inform the way he practices law. Ben Gardiner has tertiary qualifications in pharmacy, business and law and completed post-graduate studies in law (BCL) at the University of Oxford in 2005. The Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers lists Ben as a leading junior barrister in intellectual property law. Doyle’s Guide has listed Ben as a recommended or leading junior barrister in intellectual property law since 2010. Ben Gardiner - Special Guest linkedin.com/in/ben-gardiner-4ab62848 Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
Episode 62 - Kerry Sulkowicz - Couched in Creativity
In this week’s episode Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz talks about his journey from pre-eminent psychiatrist to successful business leader and business coach. He describes how he made that change, why he made that change, and shares his lessons for anyone considering a change of direction. Kerry J. Sulkowicz, MD serves as a trusted advisor on people and culture to some of the world’s most well-known and respected CEOs and corporate boards. He is the founder and Managing Principal of the Boswell Group LLC, a management consultancy based in New York since 1998. Dr. Sulkowicz is President of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Kerry Sulkowicz - Special Guest https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerry-j-sulkowicz-md-06b9b12 Websites https://boswellgroup.com/ Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au= Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Nov 4, 2022
Episode 61- Roger Beaty - NEUROCREATIVITY 7: Creative Thinking
Episode 61: Roger Beaty - Creative Thinking How does the brain develop new ideas? And are different neural networks involved in different types of creativity? In this week’s episode Dr. Roger Beaty talks about the three neural networks that drive the way we think and shares insights about managing your own personal creativity. Big insights include: Take a break to help ‘re-set’ the mind Harness the power of a positive mood to boost creativity Focus on the tiny details of something (anything!) before generating new ideas Dr. Roger Beaty is an assistant professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University and the principal director of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Creativity Lab. Having studied creativity for ten years, he is primarily interested in understanding the brain basis of creative thoughts. Roger Beaty - Special Guest https://beatylab.la.psu.edu Websites Sonophilia Foundation https://www.sonophiliafoundation.org/roger-beaty/ Society for Neuroscience of Creativity https://www.tsfnc.org Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au Two Common Creatives https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | Oct 27, 2022
Episode 60 - Jonathan Schooler - NEUROCREATIVITY 6: MindWondering
Are there different kinds of mindwandering? What is the difference between mindwandering and mindfulness? What is the link between creativity and curiosity? In this week's episode, Professor Jonathan Schooler helps to answer these complex-sounding questions in plain english and help us continue to navigate the world of creative neuroscience. Jonathan is a distinguished professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara and research attempts to understand the nature of mental life, and in particular consciousness. Jonathan Schooler - Special Guest https://psych.ucsb.edu/people/faculty/jonathan-schooler The Open Mind Project https://open-mind.net/about Paul Fairweather - Co-host https://www.paulfairweather.com Chris Meredith - Co-host https://www.chrismeredith.com.au See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Oct 24, 2022
Episode 59 - Linda Ray - NEUROCREATIVITY 5: Creative Speak in Draft
In this week’s episode, we interview Linda Ray - CEO and founder of Neurocapability, a business which is on a mission to change the world one brain at a time by building psychologically safe workplaces. An early adopter of psychological safety and the links to high performing teams, Linda is an engaging facilitator and speaker. She is a regular contributor to Australian and international leadership, business and education conferences and her courses and programs have been tested and validated by researchers around the world. https://neurocapability.com.au See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32 minutes | Oct 16, 2022
Episode 58 - Selena Bartlett - NEUROCREATIVITY 4
In this week's episode let's talk about brain training! Professor Selena Bartlett is a Group Leader in Neuroscience and Neuroplasticity at the Translational Research Institute and a Research Capacity Building Professor at QUT. Join us for a fantastic conversation about brain training, flow states and the importance of working in teams for creativity. Links/References Selena Bartlett: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drselenabartlett/ Selena Bartlett website: https://www.profselenabartlett.com/ Thriving Minds Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/thriving-minds/id1471835230 The Common Creative Podcast (Paul and Chris): https://creativecommons.org.au The Common Creative (Mailing List Subscriptions): http://eepurl.com/hgp0_j See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Oct 7, 2022
Episode 57 - Joel Pearson - NEUROCREATIVITY 3: Intuitive Creativity
In this week’s episode, we interview Professor Joel Pearson, a psychologist, neuroscientist and public intellectual working at the forefront of science, innovation and agile science. He both studied art and science because he felt that these two are very similar and the way he practices science is probably more like an art. So, he developed “Agile Science”. He takes a multidisciplinary agile approach to running his lab, bringing in staff and students from art, architecture, mathematics, computer science, psychology, neuroscience and medical imaging. Professor Joel Pearson’s research has been recognised with major accolades including the 2009 William James award for the greatest scientific contribution to understanding consciousness. His team’s efforts have been featured in The Huffington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, LiveScience, Discovery Channel, BBC and a host of other major media outlets. https://www.profjoelpearson.com/ https://www.futuremindslab.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | Sep 30, 2022
Episode 56 - Uri Hasson - NEUROCREATIVITY 2: Extracting the juice of story telling and creativity
A celebrated TED speaker, Uri Hasson started his career with the intention of becoming a fictional writer. Nowadays, he’s taken storytelling to a new level and is a world authority on the neuroscience of storytelling. His research confirms what many know instinctively that stories are how we listen and learn. Stories are how we connect. (By contrast, humans struggle to make sense of data, statistics and raw facts). Interestingly Uri defines a story as ’a stimulation’ something that almost implants a memory into the listener's mind. “A story is like the juice of an orange - it squeezes the essence of the experience” he explains. Professor Uri Hasson is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University. His research focuses on understanding how communication through story telling can affect human cognition. His TED talk “This is your brain on communication” has achieved over 250,000 views. https://www.hassonlab.com https://youtu.be/FDhlOovaGrI Ideas & Stories that Matter: https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/workshop Two Common Creatives: https://www.twocommoncreatives.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.