This past weekend (Thursday – Saturday) I was in New Orleans at the Superdome planning the National Youth Gathering’s opening night event with my friend Doug. In some of our planning conversations with everyone else on the team, I was just bombarded by the sensation of being in the presence of many creative and talented people.
That experience had a neat impact on me — sending me to an early morning on a walkway by the Mississippi — wondering how to nourish that sense of creativity, because in the presence of these people, I noticed myself thinking and living into a greater sense of creative thinking.
Maybe that’s why artists all seem to live together in the downtown district in Kansas City (Google KC’s First Fridays) — to experience the backdraft of another’s creativity. That inspires something in your soul…
…but I suppose that’s how it is in any social situation: it’s hard, really, to not become like those you’re around.
With all this in mind, how do you foster that sense of creative community, permission-giving community, without killing the spirit of creativity or killing the desire to be creative?