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Creative Practice at Work


C3 Creative Practice At Work



Beyond “design thinking,” the ability to work and practice like an artist is a fundamental tool that’s necessary for anyone looking to sustain growth and be consistently innovative. It is about not having to wait for inspiration to strike. It is about being able to draw out the inherent creative potential in yourself and those around you anywhere, anytime.

This is a hands-on session that will explore how creative practice can be used in the workplace to build a culture of innovation that sustains growth and development of individuals and organizations. Participants will put these concepts into action immediately in a hands-on workshop followed by a facilitated discussion to help individuals identify specific applications.

Whether you consider yourself creative or are someone who is just looking for a fresh perspective, this highly motivational session will give you practical tools for developing the habits that fuel creative growth in any context.

Attendees should please bring some of the following materials with them to the event:


  • Anything that would be found in a recycling bin.
  • Anything that would be sent to a thrift store or otherwise discarded. Everyday items are preferable.
  • Please NO materials meant specifically for crafting.
  • Please NO liquid glues or paints (there will not be enough time for them to dry and will get messy)


  • PostIts
  • Markers (non­permanent is best)
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Staplers/staples
  • Paperclips
  • Chopsticks & other takeout items
  • Kitchenwares (cutlery, plates, cooking tools)
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Used books (that can be destroyed)
  • Scissors
  • Tape (various kinds)
  • Food packaging (sealed with food that can be used or empty boxes) Plastic bottles & containers (clean)
  • Metal cans
  • String/yarn/twine
  • Old clothes

Bonus: Materials specifically related to your work are also great. 

About Noah Scalin:

Noah Scalin, inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the VCU School of Business, shares the story of his own experience getting stuck in a professional rut and the strategy he developed to generate the momentum required to consistently bring new, unique approaches to his work. This engaging presentation introduces key concepts he learned from his Webby award winning Skull-a-Day project and explains how he continues to apply these concepts to personal and professional challenges.