2019 Session Description

A Wondrous Mind
Fostering radical openness, inner power, and deep purpose in the creative process

For adults • 90 minutes
Category: Strategies

Beyond grit, talent, and 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, wonder is a surprising advantage of exceptional creative people — yet we all have access to this capacity if we know how.

Wonder is what can nudge a person’s most meaningful ideas toward fulfillment even amidst the computer crash, the toddler tantrum, or mental fatigue. What renowned anthropologist Melvin Konner calls “the hallmark of the human species and the central feature of the human spirit,” wonder can crack open a mind closed by bias, distress, or too much expertise. Joi Ito says wonder is a survival trait of the 21st century, Richard Branson attributes his naiveté more than superior knowledge to his success, and Arianna Huffington calls wonder one of the three new metrics of success for our times.

In this highly interactive and experiential workshop you will learn evidence-based wonder interventions that train you to engage your work, creative process, co-working relationships, surroundings, and your own mind with more surprising openness to new experience and delightful insight. You will bring your “young genius” strengths to work with you, open up instead of size up people and situations, and watch your mind’s creative activity with meta-awareness. You will come with immediate applicable practices used by startup founders, consultants, entrepreneurs, and creatives of all stripes.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Learn how to refine your daily creative problem-tracking
  • Gain openness and ease in conversation
  • Identify signs of your mind closing down so you can open it up as a wondrous mind
Jeffrey Davis
Accord, NY
Jeffrey Davis researches, interviews, and works with creative innovators, scientists, and social psychologists to discover how creatives flourish in times of challenge and change. Founder of the boutique consultancy Tracking Wonder, he helps professionals, authors, thought leaders, and teams to excel in their field, shape their message & assets with integrity, and make a difference with their ideas and art.

Author of book The Journey from the Center to the Page: Yoga Philosophies and Practices As Muse for Authentic Writing (Penguin 2004; Monkfish Publishing, updated & revised ed., 2008) as well as poetry collections City Reservoir (BarnBurner Press) and Coat Thief (Saint Julian Press), he writes online columns for Psychology Today and The Creativity Post.

He has taught and spoken at NPOs, organizations, universities, conferences, and leading centers in four countries.


Jeffrey is a returning presenter. Click to see what they've presented in the past.

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