The creative council

Who would be in your creative council?  This question was originally asked by @tombarrett in a post that can be found here and my good friend Aaron Davis aka @mrkrndvs has thrown this challenge in as this week’s #youredustory prompt.  It has been so interesting reading how everyone else has interpreted this prompt.  I have flipped and flopped on how I would respond.  Like many others, my PLN is my creative council.  Their insight, perspective and thinking help shape my thinking and I am forever grateful.  For others, a collection of historic individuals would be members of their creative council.

Just to be a little different, I thought I would share who has been part of my creative council throughout my life.  These are not the people who I have turned to for creative council but those who have lit a spark in me and changed my thinking forever.  From music to sport to literature, these people have opened my eyes to a new way of being.

Bruce Springsteen – I grew up on a steady diet of “the Boss”.  His storytelling captivated me from a young age with his raw narratives opening my eyes to the harsher side of life.

“Pistol” Pete Maravich – I was a mad basketballer growing up and when I stumbled upon a book on “Pistol” Pete Maravich in the library one day,  I was a convert.  His unbelievably creative drills to improve ball handling and dribbling were like nothing I had ever experienced and they revolutionised the way that I practiced.  It taught me to think “unique”.

Stan Lee – I was obsessed with comic books as a young kid and for me it was all about Marvel.  I lived in this world in my head.  The comics were amazing but for me, it was more about the resonation with my imagination and dreaminess as a child.

Propaghandi/Bad Religion – As I grew older, my fondness for music of the alternative and heavy variety grew and grew.  I was particularly drawn to punk and hardcore music as I loved the rawness and the DIY ethos.  The lyrics of Propaghandi and Bad Religion changed my understanding of the world.  They introduced me to the issues of the world and challenged my views on the real issues of our time.

Paulo Coehlo – I read The Alchemist when I was living in Brasil and it connected with me more than any other book I have ever read.  It had been six months since my brother had been killed and this book helped me see through the darkness.  I have reread this book many, many times and I discover new gems each time.

I am forever grateful to the above group.  They are responsible for lighting the way of new thinking for me and have been my creative council.  Thanks for reading.



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  1. Glad that I am not the only one that whether intentional or not managed to produce an all male group. Left wondering who the influential women were or are in my life?

    1. The amazing women who have inspired me in education I have been lucky enough to work with. Jenny Langmead, Kim Elliott, Deb Sukarna are three that have changed the way that I think, interact with students and lead. Also would throw in Jenny Luca and Mel Cashen for inspiration and wisdom.

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