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August 17-21, 2016
Orillia, ON, Canada

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First time here? Mindcamp is an annual creativity conference. If you feel like you’re missing something, check out What is Mindcamp? to find out what the heck this is all about.

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Nobody says it better than Jim…


The lights went out at 5pm. Then they went back on again. Then they went out… for 5 hours. The Thursday 8:00pm sessions started in twilight and ended in full dark. NO PROBLEM! At Mindcamp, day and night are the same thing.

Thanks, Carole, for the photos of Yoel Kluk and Karla Palmero’s Creative Decision Analysis: In decision analysis, ham and turkey are the same thing…

Kaleidoscope Dreams

Jim-DreamThe Dreams are up! On Thursday each Kaleidoscope group member got a present. Based on these gifts, the group developed a dream narrative.

Each group had the same 8 objects… but the dreams are very different! Click here to enjoy the results of the exercise.

(And if your group hasn’t submitted their dream yet, just email it to and we’ll add it to the page.)

Program Change!

Bill Olsen’s Wake UP! Games, icebreakers & activities with a purpose will now take place in Centennial Auditorium on Saturday at 1:30pm.

Tjitze Postma and Francois Coetzee’s Creative Play! The power of creative play will now take place in Centennial Auditorium tonight (Thursday) at 8:00pm.

Everything is impermanent!


Words of wisdom from Laila Ghattas

Laila GhattasLaila Ghattas presents Don’t Worry, Be Happy! at Mindcamp 2015.

Losing Our Ideas (on the way to letting our dreams slip away)

the+red+balloon+3by Francois Coetzee

In the last year I have been working with creative people from all walks of life ranging from career minded individuals to innovators that help others develop better ways of working. And what is amazing to me is the low importance we tend to give to our own ideas.

A recent survey among Mindcampers and other creative thinkers uncovered some of the reasons why they abandon their own ideas:

  • Not enough time
  • Not enough money
  • It’s been done before
  • Too much energy
  • Confidence in my ideas
  • Don’t know what to do

And what stands out for me is how many of these creative thinkers will not give their own ideas the attention and love it deserves while tirelessly working on the (often inferior) ideas of others.

It is time to start focusing on the best ideas we will ever know – our own.

Too often we allow our ideas to disappear into nothingness instead of allowing ourselves to get to know it, fall in love with it a little, then a lot, and building a lasting relationship with it. And the miraculous thing is that if we spend a little time we will build the kind of excitement that makes it difficult to let go of an idea and before you know it a creation will live in the world, one of our own doing.

And the first step to building excitement around your idea is to envision a new world in which this idea is alive and benefiting someone. With this energy in mind the next step is to understand the world you live in and which needs to be transcended in order to create your glorious new world. And the path to crossing this chasm between the old world and the new exciting world is to know how much you love your idea and how far you are willing to go to bring about a world in which your ideas live.

So how can you start on this journey?

Set this intention for Mindcamp: “Every session I go to will take me forward one (or more) step towards the glorious new world within which my ideas will live and benefit myself and others.”

And see what happens. Write down that step, or steps, and build on it. Make this a world worth living in with passion and excitement. As Steve Jobs said:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

Have a great Mindcamp!

Francois CoetzeeFrancois Coetzee presents Destiny Starts with a Dream and co-presents Creative Play! with Tjitze Postma at Mindcamp 2015.