living creatively in the age of distraction
A Blueprint for Creativity in a Modern World
MINDSPACE by Bill Connolly
Technology has expanded the potential for creators like never before. Musicians can do live performances for online audiences, photographers and videographers can create beautiful media, and writers can share ideas and conduct interviews in real-time. Truly, we’re in the middle of a golden age for creativity. But if that’s true, why doesn’t it feel that way?
Mindspace explores the benefits of creative expression, and offers solutions to help you reignite your own personal creative potential.
“[The] creative power of human beings is unlimited. No problem is beyond solution if we apply our creative power. Bill Connolly’s book has attempted to draw our attention to it.”
Nobel Peace Laureate, Founder, Grameen Bank, Chairman, Yunus Centre
Creativity in the Age of Distraction
In Mindspace author Bill Connolly explores the innate and varied benefits of creative thinking, including its impact on personal identity and growth, its ability to breed empathy, and its potential to help solve big global problems.
Through third-party research, personal anecdotes, and interviews with creative leaders across a wide spectrum of entertainment and broader industry, Connolly will uncover a set of master techniques for readers to reignite the creative spark that is so often extinguished as we enter adulthood.
This book is for painters, sculptors, actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers, podcasters, gardeners, advertisers, designers, teachers, chefs, executives – and everyone in between. As he notes, “We feel most purposeful, most clear-minded, and most alive when we are creating.”
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Table of Contents
Prologue: A Pervasive Need to Create…11
Chapter 1: How Creative Thinking Impacts Personal Development…15
Chapter 2: Reigniting Creativity in an Adult Mind…40
Chapter 3: How Creativity Impacts the Growth of Society…54
Chapter 4: Creative Storytelling Breeds Empathy for Others…62
Chapter 5: The Perils of Constant Connectivity…78
Chapter 5.5: How to Trigger Effective Communication IRL (In Real Life)…90
Chapter 6: Living a Creative Life in a Modern World…97
Chapter 7: Maintaining Healthy Relationships With Technology…110
Chapter 8: Developing Simple Routines, Breaking Poor Habits…131
Chapter 9: Leaning Into High-Growth Experiences…149
Chapter 10: Identifying and Pursuing Unique Value…163
Chapter 11: Taking Purposeful Action…183
Chapter 12: Building a Community…199
Chapter 13: Making Space for Failure…219
Chapter 14: Living for the Process, Celebrating the Outcome…234
Epilogue: Where Do We Go From Here?…245
Appendix: A List of Brands Supporting Modern Creative Expression…251
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