When I was in high school, my best friend, Julie, had a boyfriend who loved the band Genesis.
Actually, he loved old Genesis.
He was very clear about this. He and his friends were devotees of old Genesis albums.
The newer stuff, as far as they were concerned (and this was the mid-1980s — so anything from probably 1980 onward), was trash.
Other people might have thought Genesis’s music was still kind of experimental, but my friend’s boyfriend and his friends, they thought it was a total sell-out.
And Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel, when they split off to make solo albums, were nothing more than commercial whores.
My friend’s boyfriend was utterly disgusted with them.
This is what fans do. They feel like they own an artist’s creation. Like it’s as much theirs as the creator’s.
As creators, though, our job is to keep evolving. Pay attention to our audience, of course, but stay true to our inner voice and the call of our creative impulses.
So if you’re wondering what the heck is going on with the podcast — why is the title different? Why is the cover art different? What happened to the intro music?
Well, I’m evolving.
For the past several months I’ve been working on developing a new business — a consultancy, to help organizations solve business problems, using play-based methodologies.
This is a direction I’ve been wanting to go in for years, and it’s finally coming to fruition.
Back in October, I got certified in a methodology called LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, and I ran my first practice workshop last month. I’m excited to use LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods and materials, along with applied improvisation, photo cards, and games, to run team building workshops, innovation workshops, and strategy workshops, and I’m excited to see what else evolves!
As I’ve been working to develop my new consultancy, I’ve also been focusing more on bringing guests onto the podcast who are doing interesting things with creativity in the organizational world — in corporations and not-for-profits and other types of businesses.
And as I’ve evolved, it felt like the name and mission of the podcast was feeling… limited.
It’s not that my original mission to help individuals live full-color lives is going away. It’s just that now my mission extends to the workplace, too, and to helping teams and groups, in addition to individuals. “Live Creative Now,” while I love the directive in the title, doesn’t feel like it adequately covers what I want to say anymore.
It also felt like I needed a name that links together the various parts of my business.
I’ve got the B2B arm that serves other businesses, and I’ve got the B2C arm, that serves individuals. One thing that is consistent between the two is my core Creative Sandbox philosophy, so it made sense to simply call my podcast The Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast.
So that’s what I did.
On your end, you may not notice a whole lot of difference going forward, beyond the fact that I don’t have intro music yet (this is a work in progress!), and of course the cover art is different and the title is different.
On my end, it feels like the world has opened up.
I feel a sense of freedom to talk about things, and invite on guests, that I didn’t feel free to talk about or invite on before.
Sort of weird, huh?
But that’s the power of naming.
All this is to say, like everything else — like my new consultancy, and my art, and my life (and yours, too) — the podcast is evolving, and I don’t know yet where it will take me. But I’m excited to see.
I hope you’ll continue to join me on the journey!
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