The surprising path to Beginner’s Mind
For adults • 90 minutes
Maximum Participants: 40
Thursday 1:30pm • Court 16
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s there are few. — Shunryu Suzuki
Wonder is the first of all passions. — René Descartes
In the workshop participants gain tools and experiences that help them approach a specific project, problem, or situation from a wholly refreshing perspective — as if they were beginners. We each will define a specific project, problem, or situation we want novel insight into.
The workshop structure takes participants through three junctions of wonder to bust cognitive biases, mindset biases, and perception biases in order to gain surprising experiential insight into a novel solution to her or his defined problem or project.
The learning experiences include bringing our young geniuses to work & play, busting open the problem with wondrous questions, cleansing the lens of perception, and becoming human cameras with partners in the group. Participants will have time to assimilate their reflections as well as to write into or map a possible “solution” to their defined problem, project, or situation.
The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session
- Replace your biases in cognition, mindset, and perception with openness to experience, enacted creativity, and surprising pattern-making
- Experience how three facets of wonder dismantle your biases and aid your creativity
- Derive a novel approach and novel insight into a project, problem or situation via delightfully surprising means
Accord, NY, USA
Jeffrey Davis researches, interviews, and works with creative innovators, scientists, and social psychologists to discover how creatives flourish in times of challenge and change. Founder of the boutique consultancy Tracking Wonder, he helps professionals, authors, thought leaders, and teams to excel in their field, shape their message & assets with integrity, and make a difference with their ideas and art.
Author of book The Journey from the Center to the Page: Yoga Philosophies and Practices As Muse for Authentic Writing (Penguin 2004; Monkfish Publishing, updated & revised ed., 2008) as well as poetry collections City Reservoir (BarnBurner Press) and Coat Thief (Saint Julian Press), he writes online columns for Psychology Today and The Creativity Post.
He has taught and spoken at NPOs, organizations, universities, conferences, and leading centers in four countries.
This is Jeffrey’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.
All Thursday 1:30pm sessions:
- Between the Beats The magic of rhythm lies in the space between (Mario Allende, Toto Berriel)
- Celebrating Complexity The connection between creativity and tolerating complexity (Katie Tagye, Dan Bigonesse)
- FOMO to JOMO Trust your creativity through fear, uncertainty, and loss (Karen BK Chan)
- Raising Adults How to get creative about about raising a creative generation (Ismet Mamnoon)
- The Possible Dream Sequence 1 – Garden of Totems (Clara Kluk, Sylvain Rouillard)
- Tracking Wonder The surprising path to Beginner’s Mind (Jeffrey Davis)
- U Lead Tango as a creative leadership tool (Manuel Soto, Nicole Dobinson)
- Undoing the Splits Exploring the spaces between inner and outer life (Alina Isaac)
- …or why not just hop to another random session?