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Principles At Work In Professional Collaboration: Denver June 2009 Notes

We had a great time last night with Jessica Bergthold of the Mile High Photographers. While her group is all about professional photography in the greater Denver area, it follows the same principles of any other collaboration network. And as Miyamoto Musashi said, “From one thing, know ten thousand things.” So what I take away from Jessica’s experience I think we can all apply to the many collaborative projects we have.

To paraphrase her main talking point … In the old, dark days of freelance work (not that long ago, actually), photographers sat alone in their offices, scared of their competitors. Then came that spark of realization: “nobody is doing anything new or secret, so why should we hide our knowledge?” Thus a new model of collaboration was born among photographers. 

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Denver: June 9 Gathering – Mile High Passions & Collaborations w/ Jessica Bergthold

Wedding Photographers: hopefully they don’t get a lot of repeat business.

I kid … but seriously, when your livelihood is built on referrals & “hittin’ the bricks”—and in a time when the economy has people looking at spending less—you might think photography is a cutthroat profession, but not so in Colorado. The Mile High Photographers have been practicing an abundant form of professional collaboration for over a year.

“This is a group of photographers in the Denver area who strive to create a great network of gifted, talented and caring professionals working together for the gain of each individual and his/hers respective business.” —MHP Website

Mile High Photographers features monthly meetings with members presenting their expertise in photography, business, and the photography busines. They also organize photo shoots and professional workshops for members. What I most admire about their work is the collaboration I see among people doing what they love to do.

This month we bring you Jessica Bergthold to present the Mile High Photographers group, how it connects to people’s passions (not always photography), and how it positively affects the communities of photographers and Colorado businesses. (We love local business.)

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Think Like a Genius Everyday Using Your 5D Symbolic Models

By Todd Siler, PhD: Founder of Think Like A Genius

A Denver tALer presents her ME Model

A Denver tALer presents her ME Model

Here are some essential questions for further exploring the meanings of your ME Models models you created in the Think Like a Genius Workshop. These questions will help you get the most out of your symbolic models and apply them in practical ways everyday.  There’s a PDF available with even more than the 20 questions and some common-sense suggestions for mining the models for more meanings and other actionable next-steps. If you’re interested, simply contact tsiler@thinklikeagenius.com.

[editor's note: Todd Siler, PhD presented his Metaphorming® process to the Denver chapter of the Abundance League in April 2009. Attendees created three-dimensional symbolic models to describe themselves called ME Models.]


Questions To Help You Make, Understand, and Share Your ME Model™

The following questions can either help you think about what to make in creating your ME Model, or they can help you better understand what you’ve made. Either way, they can be useful for putting more meaning into your model, or getting more meaning out of it. Continue reading ‘Think Like a Genius Everyday Using Your 5D Symbolic Models’

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Denver: Abundance League gathering – “Spring Renewal” Tuesday, May 12th

The Abundance League meets this coming Tuesday, May 12th at Hooked on Colfax coffee house. Join us as we celebrate Spring’s renewal! Sow the seeds for your 2009 passions/projects, express what you need to enrichen your passions/projects, and offer your gifts to support the fruition of each other’s passions/projects. Of course, please bring some finger food to share and support Hooked on Colfax with a refreshing beverage purchase!

We start at 6:30 pm, and end by 9:30 pm, but you are always welcome to come and go at any time.

WHERE
Hooked on Colfax
(lower level meeting area)
3215 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

AGENDA
6:30–7:00 pm — Mingle, eat, drink
7:00–8:00 pm — Member Announcements: Your passions, needs, and gifts
8:00 – 9:15 pm — Break, eat, mingle, exchange eupport and swap clothing!
9:15 – 9:30 pm — Final wrap up, clean up, clear out!

BRING

Yourself, friends, and food! This is a potluck, so please bring finger food to share if you can.

Business cards, handouts, flyers

Share: books, CDs, DVDs, seeds, or anything that you’d like to loan or gift at the meeting.  

QUESTIONS? Call Susan at 303-455-0852.

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Thank you Todd Siler of Think Like a Genius!

We want to take a moment to appreciate Todd Siler of Think Like a Genius for his facilitation of a live 3-D modeling lab for tAL participants!  After a brief presentation about the history, philosophy, and practice of Think Like a Genius we literally dove into bags of modeling clay, tongue depressors, colorful pipe cleaners, photos, and styrofoam balls to create dynamic visual installations of how we feel when we are in our element and engaged in our passions/projects.  Ideas bounced, sparks flew, and time stopped!   Once our models were ready, each presented his/her model and received feedback and questions from Todd and the group, which deepened the experience even further.

And another thank you to Todd’s partners Eric Siler and Scott Perlman for their contributions to making this Abundance League meeting one to remember!

Warmly,

Susan (+Taj)

P.S.  Please feel free to respond to this post if you’d like to share your experiences….

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Denver April Confluence: Todd Siler PhD & Metaphorming, a Process of Creativity & Innovation—Tue 4/14 @ Hooked on Colfax

Todd Siler, PhD

Todd Siler, PhD

For the April confluence I am excited to introduce Todd Siler, PhD who will be leading us in a process he calls Metaphorming. Todd has developed this over many years, working with people of all types & ages, from school children to top executives at Fortune 500 companies.

He tells us, “this interactive presentation will provide you with some key tools, methods, knowledge, and experiences for discovering and applying your creative potential in new ways … the Metaphorming process provides a global common language that enables people to conceptualize, visualize, express and present their ideas, viewpoints, knowledge, and experiences in ways that effectively communicate the essence and details of their thinking.”

—-IMPORTANT UPDATE AFTER THE BREAK—-

I was particularly pleased to read Todd’s goal for this exercise… Continue reading ‘Denver April Confluence: Todd Siler PhD & Metaphorming, a Process of Creativity & Innovation—Tue 4/14 @ Hooked on Colfax’

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Denver March Meeting Notes

TALers converged March 10th at Hooked on Colfax in the Bluebird District for an interesting discussion with Taj Moore on the  social photography experiment called the “postmodern photosafari.” Postmodern photosafaris are field trips where people go take pictures where they don’t usually think to or have access to.  Past photosafaris include San Francisco’s Chinatown, a research ship, Denver’s own Colfax Avenue, and the Denver Stock Show.

Taj’s work on photosafaris has created some interesting community experiences in which typical perceptions of everyday places and everyday people shift.  A back alley on Colfax becomes a special landscape … a woman gets her photograph taken by 3 different people with varying perspectives at various times of day … something interesting happens with these perspectives. And with a community gallery showing  following the Colfax Photosafari, Taj saw a convergence of community participants  and their loved ones connecting to hear each other’s stories while appreciating the photos.

Taj presented on the Colfax Photosafari in Pecha Kucha format, “a presentation format in which content can be easily, efficiently and informally shown, usually at a public event designed for that purpose. Under the format, a presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece, for a total time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds (Wikipedia)”. Taj’s version was actually five minutes, but the Q & A period lasted much longer with everyone’s questions and observations.

For more information about the next social photography event on Colfax you can email Taj: taj (a) gmail.com or go to ColfaxLove.com.

Please join us for the next Abundance League gathering in Denver Tuesday, April 14th at Hooked on Colfax, where we’ll share passions, needs, and gifts and hear from presenters Todd Siler, PhD and Scott “The Mayor” Perlman on the realization of their passion project and consultative enterprise Think Like a Genius. Continue reading ‘Denver March Meeting Notes’

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Denver—March Confluence, Taj Moore Speaks on the Postmodern Photosafari (Tue 3/10 at Hooked on Colfax)

Join us for our next Abundance League gathering this Tuesday, March 10th, when we will share our passions, needs, and gifts and hear about social innovation through photography from presenter Taj Moore.

Taj Moore will present “postmodern photosafari: the influence of social photography on perspective, place + purpose”.  Taj has been conducting “postmodern photosafaris” since 2005, beginning with a simple idea: gather people to take pictures in places they wouldn’t normally have access to, would normally not think to go, and see what happens. What does a place look like when a dozen people photograph it? How do they see a familar place as if for the first time?

Nearly a dozen photosafaris later, Taj now organizes Denver gatherings around Colfax Avenue and the ranching lifestyle, while photosfaristas in San Francisco continue to explore the Bay Area’s hidden treasures.

For some examples of photosafaris, look at these:

www.flickr.com/groups/pomophotosafari
www.colfaxlove.com
www.rodeorange.com

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 10th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm (come and go as needed)

WHERE
Hooked on Colfax, 3215 E. Colfax Denver, CO

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AGENDA
6:30–7:00 pm — Mingle and Eat
7:00–7:45 pm — Member Announcements: Your Passions, Needs & Gifts
7:45–8:45 pm — Presentation
8:45–9:30 pm — Eat, Mingle, Exchange Support, Clean Up, Clear Out

BRING

  • Yourself, friends, and food! This is a light-fare potluck, so please bring finger foods to share.  Also, please support Hooked on Colfax by purchasing a drink.  We’ll supply plates and utensils.
  • Business cards, handouts, flyers
  • Share: books, CDs, DVDs or anything that you’d like to loan or gift at the meeting.

QUESTIONS? Call Susan at 303-455-0852.

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Denver: February Meeting Notes

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Denver, as always it was a wonderful confluence of the Abundance League. For this gathering we chose the more intimate environs of Susan’s home, and to focus our time just on member announcements and mingling. Because this meeting focused on passions, needs and gifts of all of us present, we devoted more time to the check-in portion and exchanged some quick feedback, saving the deeper conversations for mingling afterwards.

As a new approach to note-taking, we followed Susan’s idea of passing the laptop around so that each person who spoke took notes for the person speaking after them. This enabled each to transition from speaking to listening; it also ensured that nobody spent all their time typing and all could give their attention. I think it worked pretty darn well: we got good notes that required no very little  editing, which allows us to be faster at posting to the blog!

While I have your attention, our next confluence will be Tuesday March 10, 2009 (location TBA) at Hooked on Colfax. Continue reading ‘Denver: February Meeting Notes’

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Denver: You’re Invited 2/10 for the February Confluence

The Abundance League meets this coming Tuesday, February 10th at Susan’s house.  Join us as we rejoice in sharing our 2009 passions and projects, what you need to fulfill them, and the gifts you offer to support each other. Of course, please bring some food and/or drink for the potluck, too!

We start at 6:30 pm, and end around 9:30 pm, but you are always welcome to come and go at any time.

WHERE
Susan’s house

AGENDA
6:30–7:00 pm — Mingle and Eat
7:00–7:45 pm — Member Announcements: Your Passions, Needs & Gifts
7:45–8:45 pm — Break, Eat, Mingle, Exchange Support
8:45–9:30 pm — Eat, Mingle, Exchange Support, Clean Up, Clear Out

BRING

  • Yourself, friends, and food! This is a potluck, so please bring something to share (food and/or drink) if you can. If you don’t have much time you can always stop at the Safeway on 21st and Clarkson St. for something at the deli, or the Whole Foods/Wild Oats on 11th and Ogden. (Of course, there’s also great soul food in the neighborhood at M & D’s or Tom’s!).   We’ll supply plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Business cards, handouts, flyers
  • Share: books, CDs, DVDs or anything that you’d like to loan or gift at the meeting.

QUESTIONS? Call Susan at 303-455-0852.

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