TEDx Talk – 3 Tools To Become More Creative

TEDx Talk – 3 Tools To Become More Creative

At a TEDx event in Copenhagen, Balder Onarheim, PhD of the Copenhagen Institute of NeuroCreativity explains the importance for adults to re-learn creativity, and gives three tools to help us do so.

“Creativity is not just about art – it is one of the most crucial human traits. It lies at the heart of innovation, thus it is not a superficial skill but a necessity for human survival,” says Orarheim. “Growing up makes us less creative. Therefore we have to re-learn creativity, and luckily there are multiple ways to do so.”

Check out this fascinating talk and let us know what you think!

Ben Beresh is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of MossyBrain. Originally from Niagara Falls, ON, he now happily calls Broken Arrow OK home, along with his wife Jessica, four kids and dog Charlie. Ben likes to have a good time, all the time (Enneagram 7), as well as eating all types of sandwiches.

Connect with him on Facebook or ben@mossybrain.com.

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DISCLOSURE: Some links in this article, and elsewhere on this site, may be affiliate links. While there is not any additional cost to you, purchases made via those affiliate links may earn us a commission. Only products and services which have been vetted and tested by the MossyBrain team are featured and promoted. If you are thinking of purchasing a featured product or service, or have a genuine interest in a linked product, your use of the affiliate link is appreciated and allows us to continue writing these kinds of helpful articles. Thanks so much!

Introducing MossyBrain Tribe

Introducing MossyBrain Tribe

It is a central tenet of MossyBrain that one needs to be surrounded by supportive creative people in order to live your most creative life. There is a very specific, electric synergy that comes from a gathering of creators. In hoping to facilitate that communal, creative experience, we are pleased to announce our very own online MossyBrain community: MossyBrain Tribe.

MossyBrain Tribe is a free private Facebook group that exists to encourage, promote and build up it’s members. Anyone can join the group- we encourage you and anyone in your life who needs a supportive creative community to jump right in. You will be welcomed with open arms and cheered on in all your creative pursuits.

You are NOT alone.

One of the biggest lies ever is that you are alone. Whether you are already a prolific creator or someone who is just beginning their creative journey, there are multitudes of other people JUST LIKE YOU. MossyBrain Tribe is designed to welcome everyone to the table regardless of where they came from so we can grow our creativity TOGETHER.

Share Your Work

This community will give you an opportunity to see the creative projects members are working on, as well as to share your own. This may excite you or it may terrify you. But recognize that MossyBrain Tribe is a safe place for you to be vulnerable, share your work and see what others are doing. Progress, not perfection is the standard we’re shooting for. We’re looking forward to watching the creative growth of our members!

Give and Receive Feedback

We all need peers and we all need mentors. Our hope is that you can find both within MossyBrain Tribe. Be generous in your encouragement of others work and give helpful advice when asked. Ask your own questions and receive valuable feedback about your own ideas and creative pursuits. Remember- you only get what you give. Be kind and be generous!

Dream BIGGER

It is our hope this community will inspire you to enlarge your vision and dream bigger for your life. You bring something extremely unique to this world- we hope that you are able to share your unique spark in a creative way and make your mark on history. YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. Ask yourself- what does the world need that it doesn’t yet have? How can you make that a reality? We are excited at the potential that lies inside you- SHOW US SOMETHING AMAZING!!!!!

Have Fun

We want to enjoy your time with MossyBrain Tribe. Smile. Laugh. Be crazy. Make some new friends. Hopefully you will be energized and uplifted after spending time with the members of this community. Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!

Jessica Beresh is a blogger and co-founder of MossyBrain. Along with her husband Ben, their 4 kids and their sweet puppy Charlie she resides in Broken Arrow OK. She is a 9 on the Enneagram, bringing peace and kindness with her everywhere she goes. She loves Chai (hot or iced) and also rainy days

Connect with her on Facebook or jess@mossybrain.com.

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DISCLOSURE: Some links in this article, and elsewhere on this site, may be affiliate links. While there is not any additional cost to you, purchases made via those affiliate links may earn us a commission. Only products and services which have been vetted and tested by the MossyBrain team are featured and promoted. If you are thinking of purchasing a featured product or service, or have a genuine interest in a linked product, your use of the affiliate link is appreciated and allows us to continue writing these kinds of helpful articles. Thanks so much!

Ep 8 – We Are All Huge Nerds

Ep 8 – We Are All Huge Nerds

The MossyBrain Show is nerding out with a lively discussion about homemade hammocks, embracing creativity in children and a clothing idea so revolutionary it could potentially upend the entire fashion industry. Ben and Jess discuss the importance of embracing our inner nerd and being who we are regardless of the weird stuff we’re all passionate about.

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Ben Beresh is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of MossyBrain. Originally from Niagara Falls, ON, he now happily calls Broken Arrow OK home, along with his wife Jessica, four kids and dog Charlie. Ben likes to have a good time, all the time (Enneagram 7), as well as eating all types of sandwiches.

Connect with him on Facebook or ben@mossybrain.com.

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Ep 7 – Kindness is Magic

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DISCLOSURE: Some links in this article, and elsewhere on this site, may be affiliate links. While there is not any additional cost to you, purchases made via those affiliate links may earn us a commission. Only products and services which have been vetted and tested by the MossyBrain team are featured and promoted. If you are thinking of purchasing a featured product or service, or have a genuine interest in a linked product, your use of the affiliate link is appreciated and allows us to continue writing these kinds of helpful articles. Thanks so much!

Ep 7 – Kindness is Magic

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Jess & Ben express a desire to take the podcast to an inter-species audience, and imagine some mythical creatures both wonderful and horrific. They also discuss the magic and importance of kindness in relation to all our creative pursuits and relationships.

Subscribe to The MossyBrain Show

Ben Beresh is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of MossyBrain. Originally from Niagara Falls, ON, he now happily calls Broken Arrow OK home, along with his wife Jessica, four kids and dog Charlie. Ben likes to have a good time, all the time (Enneagram 7), as well as eating all types of sandwiches.

Connect with him on Facebook or ben@mossybrain.com.

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Hosts Jessica and Ben return from vacation to some big changes at home. A delicious, yet respectful salute to the troops is devised in the FlowJam. And finally the purpose and importance of Flow in your creative journey is unpacked and explained.Subscribe to The...

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DISCLOSURE: Some links in this article, and elsewhere on this site, may be affiliate links. While there is not any additional cost to you, purchases made via those affiliate links may earn us a commission. Only products and services which have been vetted and tested by the MossyBrain team are featured and promoted. If you are thinking of purchasing a featured product or service, or have a genuine interest in a linked product, your use of the affiliate link is appreciated and allows us to continue writing these kinds of helpful articles. Thanks so much!

What is a FlowJam??

What is a FlowJam??

Have you ever felt creatively empty- unable to generate fresh ideas and think outside the box? Have you ever had a hard time getting started on a creative endeavor? If so, join the club of those of us unable to find our creative Flow.

Flow is when the creativity faucet in your brain has been opened. Much like the rush of running water, Flow is the current of your creative thoughts. It is this motion of creative focus that facilitates our best ideas and inspiration.

No one lives in a constant state of Flow; many of us have a hard time experiencing it on a regular basis. You may be wondering if you’ve ever experienced Flow. Well, good news! Flow isn’t magic, and we have some ideas to help with its sometimes-evasive nature.

Here at MossyBrain, we’ve developed an exercise to jumpstart your creativity- the FlowJam.

A FlowJam is an abstract exercise, unrelated to your creative task, that helps get your creative juices flowing. This activity boosts our creativity by propelling us out of our normal thought patterns. It removes barriers like practicality, fear, and feasibility that cause us to self-edit our ideas before we even put them out there. Once these barriers are gone, our creativity is able to flow, unimpeded.

There is a deep well of ideas on the internet to inspire creativity – our list is by no means comprehensive. Rather, this can be a starting point for you to dip your toe in the FlowJam waters.

Here are some of our favorite FlowJam ideas:

  • Write a haiku about your day
  • Choose a song you love and make up new lyrics
  • Draw something without lifting your pen
  • Freestyle rap about something you see
  • Pitch a movie idea
  • Solve a problem in a creative/complicated way
  • Find as many uses as you can for a paperclip in 2 minutes
  • Find a partner and improv a scene (or solo improv in the mirror!)
  • Draw your non-writing hand without looking at your paper while you draw
  • Create an original product
  • Recast a classic movie with new actors
  • Write a heartfelt ode to the next object you see
  • Make up a new dance, complete with appropriate name
  • Come up with 5 never-before-heard-of ice cream flavors
  • Create a new, original game show

Of course, there are many other ideas that can inspire creativity- new experiences, nature, learning a new instrument, and travel. But FlowJams are intended to be something you can do anytime, anywhere, to fire up that creative engine within a matter of minutes. Pardon the competing creativity analogies.

If you’ve ever listened to our podcast, The MossyBrain Show, you know that we do a FlowJam exercise to get things rolling near the top of every episode. If you haven’t listened yet, go check it out to witness the glory and sometimes ridiculousness of the FlowJam in action. We’re happy to make fools of ourselves for the good of creativity.

As always, we want to hear from you; share your best FlowJam ideas with us!

Jessica Beresh is a blogger and co-founder of MossyBrain. Along with her husband Ben, their 4 kids and their sweet puppy Charlie she resides in Broken Arrow OK. She is a 9 on the Enneagram, loves drinking Chai (hot or iced) and also enjoys rainy days.

Connect with her on Facebook or jess@mossybrain.com.

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DISCLOSURE: Some links in this article, and elsewhere on this site, may be affiliate links. While there is not any additional cost to you, purchases made via those affiliate links may earn us a commission. Only products and services which have been vetted and tested by the MossyBrain team are featured and promoted. If you are thinking of purchasing a featured product or service, or have a genuine interest in a linked product, your use of the affiliate link is appreciated and allows us to continue writing these kinds of helpful articles. Thanks so much!

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