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The Importance of Play

Embracing failure is something I’ve worked very hard on in my life. When I first…

The Weight of Failure

During 20 years of employment in organizations and companies, I rarely experienced failure to a…

Failure is an Option?

When conducting recent audience research with colleagues last year, we were stricken to hear from…

Who is Allowed to Fail?

When presented with this question of failure, I ask myself a lot of times who gets to fail and who doesn’t get to fail.

Scarcity, Abundance and Finding Your Own Way to Fail

“Let’s run an experiment and see what happens.” I say these words at least twice…

In a Risk-Averse Society, Failure is Our Way Forward

Classically trained artists and performers are typically possessed of levels of discipline, rigor and tenacity…

Lessons from Failure

Evaluation is not something that should merely be done by oneself, given that your reputation…

Worstward Ho! Is That How You Spell F-A-I-L-U-R-E?

The above quote from Beckett’s penultimate novella has become a popular battle cry of enlightened…

You’re Among the Greats

The next time you fail, you will know that you are never alone. You’re among creative…

Being a Team Leader

It can be a difficult time of navigating emotions, goals, and setbacks. Now, picture how…

A Design Thinking Frame of Mind

Gain Empathy: Reflect Gain Empathy: Dig Deeper Reframe: Infer Insights Reframe: Set A Goal Creation:…

C’mon Celebrate!

Although not all failures are productive, in fact, we’d reason to say that none of…

On Failure and Fun

In this video, Beth Kanter, discusses the prominent resistance to using failure in the nonprofit sector…

When You Might Want to Worry

It’s day four of our journey in the land of failure. To date, the news has…

It’s a Shark.

Have you ever wanted to take a chance on a new idea or project but found yourself hesitating? Why? It could be because you realize there is a chance it might fail, so you find yourself afraid to follow through.

Setting Intention

Each morning during the Creative Community House, a cornerstone component to the Creative Community Fellows program, we…

Complex Problem? Fail Your Way to a Solution.

1. “You have to cast a wide net” 2. “’Practice failing” in a safe space’”…

The Story Behind Toy Story

Why are Pixar’s movies such a huge success? Creative successes might be more related to…

10 Reasons We Fail

There are a myriad of reasons that we fail, from plain bad luck to miscommunication…

Fail Better

Whenever possible, take on specific projects. Make detailed promises about what success looks like and…

What is failure?

What is failure? How do you define it? Is it really the worst thing that…

Failure… without Platitudes

We talk about the positive consequences of failure as though they are naturally occurring, like your idea blows up in your face and you are suddenly imbued with insight and a blueprint for future success. It just doesn’t happen that way.

Failure or Success: What are we more afraid of? A Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture Conversation

Photo by Martin Fisch via Flickr This week, we are sharing some of the inspiring…

The Courage to Fail

It’s not easy for most of us to fail. We grow up in a world of consequences and standardized tests and we frequently only have one good shot to get something right.

The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation

The chapter “Pain” from Robert Grudin’s book approaches leadership and innovation from a rarely-discussed perspective.…