As an artist and consultant I experiment with questions of how to navigate beyond the comfort zone. 

Some personal statements I find essential for any kind of creative process:

Don't be afraid of contradictions !

Es liegt Hoffnung im Widerspruch !

 

Fokussiere das Element der Störung.

Opinion is not personal.

Die Wahrheit ist von unstetem Charakter.

There is no 'one' solution. Try again.

My advising approach as an artist is based on the understanding of noise, irregular thinking and vulnerability as a quality of strength relevant for any creative process. 

I want people to better understand the creative process from an individual, psychological and scientific perspective, so they are able to gain more clarity about their creative potential from a human and professional perspective.

Starting point of my work describes the understanding that creativity is a need and competence  of every human being. For this reason, my approach first and foremost poses the questions of what personal and psychological processes take effect when we are creative. This understanding is essential for any challenge of co-creation and innovation and applicable to also individual, pedagogical and entrepreneurial goals.

Thus, I help to release creative potential and develop strategies for co-creation and innovative solutions, depending on the prevailing focus and challenges. Creativity, understood as a process of unfamiliar thinking, triggers questions related to visibility, the meaning of noise and the struggle with insecurity (shame resilience); processes the artist is expert for.

Besides, insights from creative cognition (cognitive psychology) and aspects of design thinking can help to methodically frame the creative process and refine implementation-strategies.


Accordingly, my approach helps to understand, operate and develop the often unconscious process of creativity. This  leads to more enthusiasm, creative efficiency and clarity of one's own and corporate values from a humanistic perspective and is the key to authentic and sustainable innovation processes.

D.A.R.E. is based on the understanding of the artist's mindset, since artists are experts for extreme creative challenges. An artist's work is a paradox, because he/she needs to be clearly focused on own values and intentions and at the same time open for intense blurring processes. One could say it's the artist's task to stay secure within highly insecure structures. In that respect, a closer look at artist's thinking processes is valubale for understanding innovation processes (cf.  disruptive innovation) and building powerful mindset strategies.

 

Beyond that, I experiment with ideas of how and how far we can venture into areas of uncertainty and non-knowledge without completely losing sight of navigation and objectives. This is particularly relevant for professionals in fields where it is about creating innovative solutions from scratch.


Zoom the Unknon and Feel Secure Within The Insecurity are therefore both personal and professional principles for myself, which I consider inevitable for crucial innovation.

My vision is to convey to people, institutions and companies that in each contradiction, failure and uncertainty lies the source of success and that focusing on the irregular always pays off.

For this, I offer impulse-lectures and seminars.

 

© Stepha Schede 2018