Episode #13: The philosophy of kaizen

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses kaizen: the Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement.

Check out our new goods in the “Words to Live By” series available exclusively on Society6.  Design #1 is based on the philosophy presented in this episode of the podcast and is now available inscribed on a mug, tote bag, or some other item for your daily life!  Get $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more by creating your account through this link.

Episode #12: Quality over quantity

Quality over quantity in all ways.  Always.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the important consideration of quality in creation and consumption within a society that can sometimes seem fixated on quantity.

Check out our new schwag in the “Words to Live By” series available exclusively on Society6.  Design #1 is based on the philosophy presented in this episode of the podcast and is now available inscribed on a mug, tote bag, or some other item for your daily life!  Get $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more by creating your account through this link

[UPDATE: I misspoke during recording – the minimum purchase for the introductory offer is $50, not $30]

Episode #11: Intrinsic value

The value of an object is deeper than simply the price tag it fetches.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses an alternative measure of valuation beyond the monetary system: that of intrinsic value.

Thanks Idea Spark!

The summer collaborative with the folks behind the Idea Spark iOS app is now behind us, just like the summer itself.  If you’d still like to purchase the mobile application though, we still wholeheartedly recommend it to you!

The app is built to help you get out of creative ruts by suggesting new ideas.  With it you can select contexts and themes to customize it as you like, and focus its idea generation on things that you’re open to.  Then it will generate a quirky little phrase with which you can use to start a new project.

So if you’re feeling uninspired and are not sure where to start, or you’re doing a daily art project and running a bit low on ideas, or maybe you’re trying a new art form altogether and simply need some lighthearted ideas to experiment on with it…well, it runs for $1.99 or so (depending on the country which you call home) and can be a resource in your pocket when you need it.  It costs less than a cup of coffee and has the potential to support you in your art as much as you choose to use it – that’s a pretty great win-win situation all around I think!

They’ve put together a great little video on their official website that demonstrates the workflow of the app better than I can describe it – please do make a point of clicking over there and checkin it out for yourself.

Thanks for being our first sponsor and throwing your support behind this project Idea Spark!  Going forward we at Contemplative Creative will continue to partner with projects and causes that we can get behind, and our support continues past working together like any good relationship.

Episode #10: Neuroplasticity

The mind is a mystery, but we’re closer to understanding it than ever before.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses neuroplasticity: a term from modern neuroscience that refers to the malleability of the human brain.

Episode #9: Defining a professional

Professionals are always sought after, but these days they are getting harder to distinguish.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the term professional and its shifting definition in a world of modern learning.

Episode #8: You are not special

You are not special, in that we are all special.  You are just not more special than others.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses acting out of respect, both at career peaks and in the midst of struggles along the path.

Episode #7: Street smarts in the field

Street smarts: understanding of what’s going on in the world and one’s place amidst it all.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses individual responsibility with regards to the consequences of our actions within different ecosystems.

Episode #6: Living strategically

There is no getting around the fact that so much in our lives is dictated by chance, but that doesn’t mean we can’t grab ahold of the steering wheel of life and live strategically.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the importance of weaving where you’ve been, where you are, and where you would like to go into your artist vision statements; namely, your public bio and portfolio.