The Creative Sandbox Way™ Podcast

The Creative Sandbox Way™ Podcast with Melissa DinwiddieLife is too short to not express the innate creativity inside of you. Host Melissa Dinwiddie features individuals and organizations who are approaching life and work creatively, playfully, and innovatively — making a difference, or living life “in full color”— in other words, living the principles of her book The Creative Sandbox Way. Along the way, and in between interview episodes, Melissa shares practical tips on creativity, productivity, innovation, and leadership.

Whether you’re a corporate leader looking to boost innovation and foster a culture of creativity at work; or an individual looking to get past fear, self-doubt, resistance, and distractions, so you can finally make time for the art / music / writing / craft you’ve been longing to do, if you’re ready to feel more ease and enjoyment in life and work, walk the Creative Sandbox Way™ with Melissa.

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CSW Podcast 183: Asking for What You Need


Note: For the fullest experience, I recommend listening to the podcast, as the audio version always contains additional comments and tangents not found in the blog post version.

CSW 183: Asking for What You NeedIn the wee hours of Monday morning (my birthday!), I got back from a two-week trip.

There are so many amazing things to share with you about this trip.

I started my journey in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, at the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® UnConference, where I was completely blown away when my Master Trainer presented me with a surprise award — the Facilitator Development Award — on the first day.

I even got a trophy made out of LEGO® bricks by a Certified LEGO® Professional! read more…

CSW Podcast 182: Meet VP of Fun Jeffrey Harry


CSW 182: Meet VP of Fun Jeffrey HarryThe recording was live when Jeff Harry and logged into the Zoom room, long before our “official interview” started, but the conversation for the first fifteen minutes was so interesting that I decided to keep it in.

Be prepared to really feel like a fly on the wall of my studio in this one!

Here’s Jeffrey’s official bio:

Jeff believes that there’s nothing quite like watching a Senior Executive screaming with delight while skipping after a tiny LEGO® car.

As the VP of Fun at Play-Well TEKnologies, he and his team show kids and adults how to tap into their true selves — feel their happiest and most fulfilled — all by playing with tiny LEGO® pieces.

Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon, and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day. It turns out that giving people permission to be really silly helps them be more productive, learn faster and love their work.

His play work has been featured on read more…

CSW Podcast 181: On Building Communities with Emmy McCarthy & Naomi Hattaway


CSW 181: On Building Communities with Emmy McCarthy & Naomi HattawayEmmy McCarthy has been building communities across Europe since Y2K. Before we liked each other on Facebook, before we became a number on someone’s mailing list, Emmy was helping humans connect to humans.

She sees patterns where others see chaos. She uses those patterns to connect the dots and develop strengths-based solutions that grow communities and help small businesses thrive.

By getting clear, getting focused and taking action, she knows that read more…

CSW Podcast 180: Finding the Underlying Goal


Note: For the fullest experience, I recommend listening to the podcast, as the audio version always contains additional comments and tangents not found in the blog post version.

CSW 180: Finding the Underlying GoalOn Sunday I led my second ever Creative Sandbox Playday.

Three people were in attendance.

Two of whom were me and my husband.

The first Creative Sandbox Playday had eight people, so only three was something of a let-down, though there were supposed to be four — one attendee got sick and wasn’t able to be there.

And a few others would have been there, but had scheduling conflicts.

This kind of thing is a ripe opportunity for gremlins to rush in and tell me what a loser I am.

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CSW Podcast 179: How Gary Ware Uses Play to Create Magic


CSW 179: How Gary Ware Uses Play to Create MagicGary Ware is the Founder of Breakthrough Play, a company that helps teams be more creative, confident, and collaborative using play. To do this, Gary incorporates techniques that professional improvisers use to create amazing experiences without a script.

Gary has been in the marketing and advertising industry for over a decade and first got into improvisation as a way to better his public speaking. Gary quickly found that improv and play could be a solution to various business challenges, so he started doing workshops for his team and other people in his network.

I met Gary when we both attended the Applied Improvisation Network World Conference last summer, in Irvine, California. He was not only a fellow play evangelist, but he was incredibly generous. I felt like I’d met the little brother I’d always wanted.

Of course I had to have him on the podcast! read more…

CSW Podcast 178: Hiring vs. Cultivating Creativity


Note: For the fullest experience, I recommend listening to the podcast, as the audio version always contains additional comments and tangents not found in the blog post version.

CSW 178: Hiring vs. Cultivating CreativityI was at a friend’s son’s bar mitzvah on Saturday, and at the luncheon after the service I sat across from another friend I hadn’t seen in ages. She wanted to know what I’ve been up to since we last spoke, so I explained that I started a consultancy that helps teams and organizations cultivate cultures of creativity, so they can become hotbeds of innovation.

She was surprised that such a niche existed. “Don’t companies just hire innovative people?” she asked. “Why would they need to cultivate a culture of creativity?”

It sounds like a reasonable enough question, but if we take a moment to unpack it, it’s based on flawed logic. But not uncommon logic.

Embedded in this question is one of the biggest challenges I face as a creativity instigator: the belief that read more…

CSW Podcast 177: A Chat with Culture Expert Mike Ganino


CSW 177: A Chat with Culture Expert Mike GaninoMike Ganino is a culture + storytelling expert who helps executives, teams, and thought leaders communicate, connect, and engage. He is the author of Company Culture for Dummies and has been named a Top 30 Culture Speaker by Global Guru.

Organizations love Mike’s high energy, high engaging workshops and keynotes that fire them up to rewrite the stories happening in their culture. They leave with real-life strategies they can begin implementing immediately for improved culture that drives employee and customer experience.

In this episode we talked about:

  • Mike’s recognition on Global Gurus
  • How Mike became an expert on culture & his book, Company Culture for Dummies
  • Mike’s thesis on read more…

CSW Podcast 176: Accept and Build


Note: For the fullest experience, I recommend listening to the podcast, as the audio version always contains additional comments and tangents not found in the blog post version.

CSW 176: Accept and BuildI feel like I’ve been away for a solid month. And that’s not far from reality, because I was in Paris and Basel for 2 1/2 weeks, and then I was home for a week recovering from jet lag and preparing for my Creative Sandbox Retreat, and then I was away again at my Creative Sandbox Retreat.

And now, as I’m recording this, it is exactly one month from the day we landed in Paris!

Anyway, Paris and Basel were amazing. Best vacation we’ve ever had.

Even though, I spent the entire time, from the fourth day onwards, on crutches! 

Yes, that’s right, on our third day in Paris I developed a raging case of Achilles tendinitis. read more…

CSW Podcast 175: Johanna Walker Is a Fear-Blasting Storytelling Maven


CSW 175: Johanna Walker Is a Fear-Blasting Storytelling MavenJohanna Walker is the fear-blasting, storytelling maven for entrepreneurs and people with a mission, also known as a public speaking coach. She co-produces and co-hosts Truth Be Told, a popular storytelling event in Boulder, CO and is the founder of Women Who Speak, a transformational speaker coaching program for female leaders. She’s written and performed solo theater pieces that she’s toured throughout the US and Canada, and has worked with adolescent girls, women in jail & corporate execs, over and over witnessing the transformative power of telling our stories and speaking our truths.

In this episode we talked about:

  • How Johanna became a fear-blasting, story-telling maven for entrepreneurs and people with a mission
  • The fact that Johanna was teaching what she needed to learn at the beginning
  • Our personal experiences with read more…

CSW Podcast From the Archive: The Dance of “Want To” and “Have To”


CSW 155: The Dance of "Want To" and "Have To"So a few weeks back, maybe a month ago now, I started practicing graphic recording tools and techniques in order to bone up for bringing graphic facilitation to my corporate and organizational workshops.

And because my practice is to share what I’m creating, I posted my efforts on Instagram, which feeds out to Facebook.

I even made a special Pinterest board, just for my Visual Practice stuff.

Now, my gremlins are pretty loud and nasty, so they didn’t hold back telling me all the ways that my “flip chart sketch notes” fell short of what I wanted them to be.

And because I’ve been following all sorts of masters of the field of graphic recording and graphic facilitation, my standards are pretty high, I admit.

So it came as a huge surprise when read more…

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