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CoCreation Conversations are free monthly, interactive, experiential sessions on the
last Friday of each month.
At every session, special guests share something awesome about their creative and meaningful lives—sure to inspire you and enhance your own life, business, and how you approach your
own creative endeavors.
Prepare to be inspired, motivated, and uplifted at each session where you have the opportunity to connect and co-create with some awesome and remarkable people doing amazingly creative things in their lives.
We have a CoCreation Conversations Facebook Group, too!
Join us there for daily posts to IGNITE your Creativity.
Childen's Book about Synesthesia
Christy Gurley's Website: https://www.starshinedesignsart.com
Synesthesia for Kids
Energy | Essence | Employment
Have you ever thought about how we live in a technicolored world? Color is everywhere: in our homes, our clothes, what we read, in nature, and even in music! We are surrounded by color every minute of the day and night (some people even dream in color and perceive music as color!)
Have you thought about WHY you gravitate to certain colors? Why do you get a certain feeling when you are in a room painted in a particular color? Why the color of different seasons affects your moods?
Artists and designers understand the HOW and WHAT of color theory:
What are Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary colors?
What are hues, values, and tints?
How do you mix every possible color from only the three Primary colors and black and white?
Are BLACK and WHITE colors?
But wait; There's much MORE:
Why do you “like” certain colors?
Why do certain colors affect your moods or make you feel a certain emotion?
Why do colors painted on walls look different at different times of the day?
Does color affect you PHYSICALLY?
Can you smell, taste, or hear color?
Then how about color in literature; in music? Writers and composers use color in writing to create a mood, evoke emotion, as well as make a description come alive.
Is it a cultural thing? Do ideas, beliefs, and the use of color change over time? Why?
And then there’s the super-rare gift of Synesthesia! Our special guest, Christy Gurley, Starshine Designs, will tell us all about Synesthesia. Christy is one of approximately 4% of people worldwide with Synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that allows her to see colors & patterns when hearing music; smell and taste colors, and more. She's the author of a series of children’s books featuring children from around the world with different forms of Synesthesia, to introduce parents, grandparents, and teachers to this wonderful phenomenon.
So much going on with COLOR MAGIC! And so many opportunities for us all to utilize color to enhance and elevate our creative expressions and presence, no matter what we are doing.
Branding Yourself as a Creative
How far along are you in positioning yourself as an artist, writer, coach, creative business, and creating a Presence for your Creative Expression?
Is there a difference between "Branding", "Positioning", and creating or having a "Presence"?
Susan shares her 5-Steps to Branding Success for Creatives which will give you a new and inspired perspective and lots of tips.
You'll have plenty of time to CONNECT and CREATE your next moves for branding YOURSELF as a CREATIVE.
This is a FREE live Zoom event—
NOT a podcast, NOT a presentation, NOT a webinar;
it's a Get-It-Going EXPERIENCE!
Get the Zoom link here:
(This link takes you to The CoCreation Community page where the Zoom link lives.
Once there, click on the Zoom link to join the fun.)
Connect | CoCreate | Communicate | IGNITE Change
Writing Artist's Statements, Bios, Blurbs:
Communicating Your Creative Purpose
Do you freeze up when asked to write about yourself and why you do what you do?
You aren’t alone!
In this interactive workshop, Susan helps you get over the hurdle of “Creative's Writers Block”. You’ll leave with templates to make writing personalized artist’s statements and bios a breeze.
These days everyone needs to write bios, statements, and short blurbs for something—social media, book covers and listings, applications, gallery shows, competitions—the requests are endless.
You may think this is easy-peasy, and fire them off in a flash. But are you writing what’s needed for the specific purpose you’re intending?
What we're seeing and hearing from Creatives of all sorts, gallery owners, marketers, book publishers, and on social media—mostly NOT.
You know that within the first three seconds of meeting someone, they form opinions that affect your success. It’s the same with the artist statements, bios, and blurbs you write: the first 30 words can make a huge difference, and the last thing you want to do is write a 1000-word book!
Wouldn't it be handy to have templates to make writing personalized artist’s statements and bios a breeze?
This is a FREE live Zoom event.
CoCreation Community VIP Champions will get a recording of the session and the “Writing Creatives’ Artist’s Statements, Bios, Blurbs: Communicating Your Creative Purpose Workbook” with templates and resources.
All other attendees will be able to purchase the workbook for $20 and receive the recorded session.
Can't attend or missed the live Zoom experience and want the workbook?
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Creativity | Imagination | Innovation
Do you want to 10X your ability to live creatively?
Confidently use your imagination and easily come up with innovative ideas?
Unlock your potential and be seen as a creative, innovative leader?
Learn top practices for innovation, ten reasons to cultivate creativity, and how play teaches you how to be creative?
Tune into your deeper intuitive self?
Boost creativity with mindfulness?
Join Susan M. Davis and special guest Jane Ramsey, author of “Vision Quest ~ A Journey to Happiness” at CoCreation Conversations on Zoom. You’ll have plenty of time to PLAY and take creative leaps, develop your noticing skills, and have your “fresh thinking” ignited.
Jane inspires you to cultivate the CREATIVE CONFIDENCE to solve the problems of life with ingenuity and openness.
Let’s cultivate our imagination—TOGETHER!
Be sure to have your journal, colored pens or pencils, or at least pen and paper when you come to PLAY at this month's CoCreation Conversations.
Jane Ramsey, a former global Fortune 500 executive, is now a creativity advocate; author, artist, course creator, and transformational coach. Jane shares her transformational story in her book VISION QUEST: a journey to happiness. Jane’s online programs include Creativity, Imagination, Innovation, Thriving in Retirement, and The Soul Artist Experience.
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“In filling the well, think magic. Think delight. Think fun. Do not think duty. Do not do what you should do—spiritual sit-ups like reading a dull but recommended critical text. Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery.”
― Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Tune In & Tune Up
Facilitated on July 29th, 2022 by
Susan M. Davis, Speaker, Mentor, Facilitator, Co-Creator of Voices of Our Story,
Founder of The CoCreation Community
The lazy, crazy days of summer are with us, big-time! We are out and about, doing things with family and friends, maybe relaxing and reading a good book— often not spending as much time on our creative expressions as we’d like.
Does that mean our CREATIVITY is dormant?
At July's CoCreation Conversations on Zoom, we catch up with what everybody’s up to this summer and tune in to our inner Creative Muse to discover how to tune up our creative process and expression.
Come and share what you’ve been working on or playing with, and bring a sample to show if you’d like.
We all want to know about your creative expressions—even if they are only in the form of a thought or a question—this summer.
As usual, there is an experiential session for you to tune in to and tune up your Creative Muse with a technique called the Wisdom Walk which you'll be able to repeat whenever you want.
This session is about YOU, and how you can inspire and support (and be inspired and supported in) a life full of joy and promise.
Let's fill the well, together!
Manifesting Your Passion With Mandalas
Facilitated on May 27th, 2022 by
Susan M. Davis, Speaker, Mentor, Facilitator, Co-Creator of Voices of Our Story,
Founder of The CoCreation Community
What if you had a magical tool or talisman to help you manifest your passion?
Do you know that the mandala form has been present in all cultures around the world for thousands of years?
The mandala has guided spiritual practices and has been used by Carl Jung, as well as by people just like you for millennia.
This month at CoCreation Conversations Susan facilitates an inspiring, interactive session, and introduces a new and fun tool to add to your toolbox for manifesting your passion and elevating your creative expression—taking your creativity to amazing new levels.
The mandala's potential to help us manifest our passions and intentions is quite magical. You can use the process Susan introduces to help you think outside the box, get unstuck, and enhance your creativity.
The CoCreation Conversations activity-centered experience offers time to connect and voice your own passion, story, and creative expression.
Bring your journal, notebook, and writing/drawing materials, including colored pencils or markers, if you have them.
You can download a mandala to use in the guided Creative Experience, or Susan will guide you through how to create your own simple mandala.
Use this link to choose, download, and print your favorite mandala: https://mondaymandala.com/m
Susan M. Davis is a strategic business/marketing planner, website developer, professional book editor, and workshop facilitator. She was a conversation radio/TV producer and host from 2008 to 2013 with two weekly one-hour programs, Good and Green Radio and IGNITE Broadcasting, which strengthened lasting connections with change-makers all over the world. Susan has received national honors, awards, and publications for work in the Sustainable Design/Green Building industry, and for contributions to education and broadcasting. She is the Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of Voices of Our Story~Shifting Perceptions; Bridging Divides, a six-year-old philanthropic project expressing Story through multi-media arts.
What she loves most is being a mentor and connector, supporting Creatives and emerging entrepreneurs in developing their online presence, and giving ‘Voice’ to IGNITING positive change in the world. She works both online and peer-to-peer, by mentoring, consulting, public speaking, and facilitating workshops in marketing, social media, and brainstorming.
Susan has also been a mixed-media fine artist for over fifty years. She has integrated her passions and talents in the areas of design, fine art, and holistic sustainability into a variety of The Co-Creation Community offerings over the past eleven years.
“ Everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening. From this point of view, awakening is right at your fingertips continually.” ~ Pema Chödrön
“ …I saw that everything, all paths I had been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point —
namely, to the mid-point.
It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the centre.
It is the exponent of all paths.
… I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate.” ~ Carl Jung
“ We experience the seamless, unimpeded flow of everything that arises and dissolves within the reality-sphere that is the mandala of our own existence. Nothing is out of place; everything gives unique expression to an infinite network of conditions that are implicated in every manifestation from the most minuscule to the most cosmic, from the most insignificant to the most magnificent.” ~ Peter Fenner
"Story connects us to our humanity. Multi-media Arts communicate the stories.
The result is Cultural Transformation" ~ Voices of Our Story
"When you integrate PAUSE, PONDER and PRACTICE as a lifestyle, you will have a more intimate, nourishing, and loving relationship with yourself. You will also know how to ignite the juicy energy that lives within your core." ~ Coach Betty Louise
Expand Your Passion
Tell Your Story Through Multi-Media Arts
Special Guest on April 29th, 2022
Betty Louise., Speaker, Coach, Radio Broadcaster
Co-Creator of Voices of Our Story
Betty Louise and Susan co-facilitate an interactive discussion about expanding and deepening your passions through stories expressed through multimedia arts.
Discover how you might express yourself and your passion without words, put words to your passion, and slow down enough to understand your deeper desires.
The CoCreation Conversations experience offers time to connect and to voice your own passion and story.
Through this activity-based experience, everyone has an opportunity to express themselves in their most familiar media, and also explore possibilities to expand.
Bring your journal, drawing materials, or any tools you want to use to explore and expand your ideas.
Betty Louise has been leading one-to-one and group coaching sessions since she became a Master Trainer at Stanford University over 30 years ago. She now supports women with chronic pain who doubt their own body wisdom. She helps them alleviate pain through a prescription for pleasure. Betty Louise has lots of stories of women with whom she's worked who've developed a pleasure practice of mindful beauty, sensuality, and sexuality. The end result is they have the confidence they need to make nourishing changes that make them feel alive and vibrant, looking forward to each day.
Betty Louise and Susan Davis are Co-Creators and Co-Project Directors for the philanthropic, California Humanities grant-funded project, Voices of Our Story. This project, which began in 2016, is about shifting perceptions toward inclusion, common humanity, and compassionate action by communicating Story through multi-media arts. Visit the project website to experience Story through performing arts, music, fine art, poetry, audio/video, and spoken word.
Women's Story Circles
Women: The Storytellers for Millenia
~ Let's Tell Ours
Special Guest on March 18th, 2022
Sara B. Hart, Ph.D., Speaker, Consultant, Coach, Founder of Prime Spark Women
“Prime Spark: Women Over 55, It's Our Time!”
“The Upside of Downsizing: Getting to Enough”
Have you noticed?
Women over 55 are strong, resilient, gutsy, kind, and generous.
They are leaders, executives, mothers, partners, lawyers, spouses, doctors, sisters, nurses, aunts, grandmothers, professors, friends, teachers, lovers, daughters, judges, organizers, neighbors, government officials.
They are artists, writers, authors, coaches, musicians, entrepreneurs, CREATIVES!
How did women get to be so incredible?
Through sharing and listening to Stories, you can participate in an experience practiced for millennia: Women's Story Circles facilitated by Sara B. Hart, founder of Prime Spark Women.
A lifelong advocate for social change, Sara is a successful entrepreneur and well-known speaker on motivation, cultural and business performance issues, and the psychology of success. Her current main focus is Prime Spark: The Power of Older Women.
Sara empowers women 55+ to stay relevant in a quickly changing world.
Sara Hart earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University and then taught at Queens College in New York City. She spent 20 years at Pfizer where she was responsible for leadership, team, and organization development for the research division in the US. She also was head of HR at the research center in the UK.
After Pfizer, she founded Hartcom, a management consulting company. She also became Executive Director of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, an advanced research and advocacy group increasing the impact of women on all aspects of technology. At the Institute she created and led Innovation Workshops working dynamically with women and girls across academic, non-profit, and high-tech corporate cultures.
She also served as an Executive Director with Association Management Solutions which provides forum management services to some of the most innovative technology associations.
Sara received formal coaching training at the prestigious Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and is one of only two certified Thinking Environment™ instructors in the United States.
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Ignite the Alchemy of Your Inner Creator ~Inhale Possibility, Exhale Creativity
Jen Duchene, Akashic Guide, Author, Teacher, Creator of Illuminating Journey Cards
At CoCreation Conversations Jen Duchene guides us to explore creating with curiosity using questions and the Illuminating Journey Cards ©. We create by igniting our Inner Creators. The experience will awaken each person's dormant creative spirit and allow participants to create with greater ease and joy. It will give us the ability to break through resistance, uncover creativity, create and share in a supportive group experience.
Have your creative tools with you at this Zoom session: journal and pens, paper, markers, paint, whatever media with which create.
Using the crystal-clear guidance and healing power of the Akashic Records and the Light Grid© the authority on all things soul, Jen Duchene illuminates the potential for empaths, creatives, and entrepreneurs to embrace and embody the MORE they truly desire.
Jen Duchene’s calling is to help truth seekers find their light in the fog, so they can trust their wisdom, follow their guidance, and freely engage in a delicious, joy-full life, without fear.
Out of her bottomless toolbox of mastery in Akashic Records, Astro-numerology, intuitive gifts, and signature Illuminating Journey Cards©, Jen serves as a clear channel to give her clients spot-on translations, the release of ‘emotional weight,’ and fast-track healing.
From a successful career as a designer of personal spaces, Jen crossed the invisible barrier of self-awareness to work with the sacred ‘interior space’ inside each one of us.
She challenges us to trust our knowing, sweep out the limiting cobwebs of confusion, and cast light into our every relationship, including spiritual healing, self-love, money, health, and purpose.
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"Over the years I have gained the courage to do the transformational work of illuminating my Inner Truth. I wrote a book- Le Chic Cocoon. Was reunited with the magic of numbers and discovered the Akashic Records. I returned to my roots, studied and mastered powerful, sacred, ancient systems and continue to evolve and learn and create new things including the Illuminating Journey Cards.© Soul portals made with the guidance of the
Today I trust in my knowing, follow my wisdom all the while the journey to joy continues. When a client reconnects with her freely joy-full path, excited about her life and laughing with the universe, I know I am doing my soul work."
~ Jen Duchene
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The Joy of Living the Creative Life—
One Woman’s Story of Creating Happiness
Karo Caran, poet, and novelist, author of:
“Roman and Julian: A love story in paintings”
“I Am the Air: And other thoughts in verse”
“Life In Footnotes: Memories in Verse”
Karo’s life has been a creative endeavor. Whether it was in obtaining her Ph.D. in Education or writing poetry, fiction, or a poetry-based memoir, the joy of creation was paramount in every step of the journey. Karo currently works at Google as Program Manager, mostly focusing on accessibility, and this, too, is a job filled with joy and creativity. She lives by the principles of Viktor Frankl’s philosophy, which emphasizes the meaning of every moment. Karo’s favorite things in the world are Classical Chinese poetry, poetry translation, reading and writing, travel, naturopathy, arts and beauty, and above all, sharing her life with her soulmate, Victor.
The joy and the ability to live life to the fullest would not have been possible for Karo and Victor thirty years ago. Neither she, nor her husband Victor, would have been able to pursue many of their interests, nor have an IT job with a company like Google. It is because of the social and technological progress that, despite having partial sight, this couple can enjoy their lives and don’t have to make compromises and settle for less than fully sighted people. In addition, Karo can help others, either through her day job at Google, or through her writing and sharing of her other gifts that inspire, uplift, and motivate us all.