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 186: Getting Out of the Comfort Zone with Ania Archer


CSW 186: Getting Out of the Comfort Zone with Ania ArcherLike many of us, listener Ania Archer is an artistic soul. Ania loves photography and creating beautiful designs that allow her to express herself.

Ania was an early member of my Creative Sandbox Community, and I love following her on Instagram. Some weeks back Ania mentioned me in her Instagram Story, which totally made my day.

I sent her a message, letting her know just how much it made my day, and I shared her story to my story. Then she messaged me back, “I’m so happy I found you because without you I wouldn’t be where I’m at on read more…

CSW Podcast 185: Jenni Heffernan Brown Is the Quintessential Type A Creative


I’ve got a few announcements before I get to today’s conversation.

First, I wanted to let you know that next week, there won’t be a podcast on Wednesday, because I’m moving to an every-other-week format.

This has been a long time coming, and I’ve been resisting it like crazy, because I’ve been producing a weekly podcast for almost three and a half years now. And pulling back from that production schedule feels like I’m letting someone down.

And the reality is, the more podcasts I produce — the more frequently I publish — the more downloads I get, and the more likely the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast is to become popular.

At least theoretically… read more…

CSW Podcast 184: Listener Spotlight: Jumping All In with Anne Marie Rowley


CSW 184: Listener Spotlight: Jumping All In with Anne MarieSince she was a child, Anne Marie Rowley was fascinated with music, photography and art, but never thought it was good enough to “put it out there.” However, after going through some major life changes, Anne Marie has been starting to put her work out in public spaces and use it as a conversation starter to think about the next phase of her life.

When she heard my interview on The Type A Creative podcast, something cracked open for Anne Marie. It was the first time she heard someone give her permission to be a passion pluralite and discuss the problem of perfectionist paralysis, as well as the importance of being curious.

So she started bingeing on my podcast!

She began using art to make sense of all the changes in her life, and to answer some life questions. Then she heard me speak about “putting it out there,” and she has jumped in!

She says, “Since listening to you and Jenni [Heffernan Brown] a few months ago I tried painting and even wrote poetry that I read at an open mic… not good poetry but poetry.” read more…

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…

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