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Creativity and Innovation

Creativity and Innovation Department


“Your brain is a novelty-seeking machine.  

It contains mechanisms that promote exploring the environment, learning new information, and synthesizing that new material into original ideas.

There is no doubt about it: your brain is built for creativity.”

– Shelley Carson

The Emergent Studies Institute embraces the concept of creativity and recognizes that a creative life results in innovating thinking, positive problem solving and a more pleasurable experience in general. Creative thinking invites exploration of the world around us and encourages discovery and an adventurous approach to challenges. Creativity is hallmark to all humans and is not specific to artists alone – engineers, housewives and motorcycle mechanics alike can cultivate their own creative life through an emergent process. We are confident you can too.  Courses in this department explore the contributing brain function research connected to increasing creativity as well as the spiritual dimensions that can be enhanced through the creative process.


There are many classes that can strengthen your own creativity and innovation and awaken parts of yourself that will enable you to be a better innovator within your community. Courses in creativity and innovation include, but are not limited to:


  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Intentional Creativity ™
  • Artistic Expression
  • Creative Thinking
  • Innovative Problem Solving
  • Art as Sacred Practice
  • Organizational Transformation
  • Creative Teambuilding

Individuals interested in working toward their Certificate in Creativity and Innovation will also engage in a creative process regularly and learn how to connect creativity to personal and collective spiritual practice.


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