Creativity is something we all use everyday whether we realize it or not. The Sustaining Creativity Podcast is an interview style podcast where different perspectives of creativity, tips, tools and creative experiences are shared, explored and digested.
Creativity through the lens of a vocational school teacher in a maximum security prison
"Being creative to me is trying to find the solutions to problems that might work a little bit better than what's out there."
R.J. works inside one of the largest maximum-security prisons in the north eastern part of the United States. He began his corrections career nearly 20 years ago as a corrections officer and has listened for thousands of hours to hundreds of incarcerated men's stories. Despite the darkness behind the walls of concrete, steel, and paint, R.J. has witnessed many stories of hope and transformation.
R.J. is the visionary behind www.GetFreeAndStayFree.com which shares stories of hope, information, and transformation told only by those who are or have been in prison.
R.J. believes that if these stories are made readily available to the prison populations nationwide, that many lives can be changed for the better. The purpose of this public-safety initiative is to encourage and empower those who are currently incarcerated to become honorable and productive returning citizens.
Reyna Marder Gentin
Creativity through the lens of an author
"It's more important to not judge yourself on what it means to be creative."
Reyna Marder Gentin grew up in Great Neck, New York. She attended college and law school at Yale. For many years, she practiced as an appellate attorney with a public defender's office before turning to writing full time. Reyna has studied at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and her work has been published widely online and in print. Her debut novel, UNREASONABLE DOUBTS, was named a finalist for the Women's Fiction Writers Association Star Award in 2019. Her first novel for children, MY NAME IS LAYLA, came out in January, 2021. It’s the story of a young teen with undiagnosed dyslexia, but it’s really about empathy and resilience. Reyna's latest novel, BOTH ARE TRUE, will be published in October, 2021. Reyna lives with her family in Scarsdale, New York. To learn more, please visit reynamardergentin.com.
Creativity through the lens of an executive and communication coach
"Creativity means generating something new."
Mike Acker is an executive and communication coach, a keynote speaker, and the author of four books including the bestselling Speak With No Fear, which has appeared on numerous booklists even getting designated as the #1 book on overcoming fear of speaking on Forbes.com.
Mike passionately coaches business professionals to lead and speak with confidence. In presentations, he entertains and inspires audiences using stories of growing up as the son to drug smugglers who turned missionaries. He retells and relates lessons learned on how to overcome insecurity and exclusion in a crosscultural setting. And he unpacks the path from employee to manager to leader.
Mike also enjoys rock-climbing, wake surfing, skiing, church, building Legos with his son, and going on dates with his wife, Taylor. Mike believes in the power of prayer, exercise, journaling, and real community to counter the stresses of everyday life. You can find out more at MikeAcker.com
Creativity through the lens of a music therapist, author and podcast host
"For me creativity is not linked to being artistic. When I'm in creativity I"m not in the past or the future, I'm in the moment of creativity."
Tim Ringgold is a board certified music therapist, columnist, author, host of the Reduce Your Stress podcast and the Stress Elimination Summit. He has provided music therapy to thousands of teens and adults to help them lower anxiety and reduce pain. Tim is also an award winning international speaker, having shared the stage with some of the top minds on music, the brain, and personal development, including Tony Robbins. Tim was the first person to give a TEDx talk on music therapy in 2012. Tim is also a former Regional President of the American Music Therapy Association.
Reduce Your Stress Summit: www.reduceyourstresssummit.com
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/tim.ringgold
Twitter | https://twitter.com/timringgold
Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/tim_ringgold/
LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/timringgold/
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TimRinggoldMTBC
Dr. Morissa Schwartz
Creativity through the lens of a best selling author and entrepreneur
"It's important to recognize creativity is a process."
Dr. Morissa Schwartz is the Founder and CEO of Dr. Rissy’s Writing & Marketing and GenZ Publishing, LLC.
DrRissysWriting.com is a marketing and writing company ranked #1 in PR and top ten in Social Media and SEO for New York and New Jersey on Thumbtack. GenZ Publishing is a publishing company that has produced six Amazon bestsellers.
Dr. Rissy has been featured on Forbes, MTV, and is a bestselling author herself. She speaks professionally about inspiring others through words and entrepreneurship and was named the “Voice of Generation Z” by Community Magazine.
She holds a doctorate in Literature from Drew University and has a Master’s in Communications.
Robert A. Belle
Creativity through the lens of a champion or creativity, ambassador of wellness and a pursuer of excellence
"Creativity is about searching for information and combining it"
Robert A. Belle is a transformational speaker, mentor and ACCA Qualified Accountant. He helps people who feel stuck in their career or life journey to break away from the “norm” and find new paths that reveal their true value. He has shared his secrets of creative success at his numerous speaking engagements as well as on Antigua and Barbuda’s ABS TV and Radio, Kenya’s NTV and KUTV. He also spends much of his time mentoring and guiding men of all ages to have a strong, positive impact on their families and society as a whole. Robert is a winner of the 2019 Advocate of the Year Award (Affiliate) by the ACCA for his work assisting other accountants embrace their creativity and reach new growth potentials both personally and professionally. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife and two children where he enjoys hiking, scuba diving and snorkeling.
Facebook: @Robert Agufana Belle
LinkedIn: Robert Belle,
ACCA Creativity Speaker
TED Talk: https://go.ted.com/robertabelle