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Creativity is what human brains do.

Posted on: April 30, 2019 Discussion: No Comments No Tags


As part of our mission here at The Olive Street Agency we state, “WE BELIEVE: That greatness lies in all people and we want to help expose the creative ideas that they manifest.” This idea of ‘creative ideas’ and ‘all people’ having them, is exactly what is emphasized and illustrated in this amazing documentary, The Creative Brain, released on Netflix this month. Being able to harness your creativity is where you find your happiness, and it also may require you to be wrong of fail. Either way…it is to get off the pathway of least resistance and try something. A process for not only Creativity, but for Life. Please check this documentary out! And then come work with us and let us help expose those creative ideas here at The Olive Street Agency. 😉 Check our 26 takeaways from the Film. #SoGood

  • 26 Takeaways from The Creative Brain
    -Human Creativity adds the color to our world.
    -Creativity is a Desire and a Need.
    -True Creativity is about an existence and being and giving of yourself and being honest
    -Creativity is not just the Arts. It’s Much More than that. Science is inherently creative. You have to discover something new that others haven’t discovered yet.
    The Prefrontal Cortex is the wellspring of Human Imagination.
    -Creativity is that we have the power to imagine the world, that isn’t our world yet
    -A spark of Creativity is taking ideas from one place and applying them to another.
    -It’s always easier to be a critic than a creator.
    -Creativity isn’t about one region of the brain, it emerges from the interplay of millions of neurons mixing with different memories, thoughts, ideas, new and old. So every experience you have is raw material for your brain to create with.
    -Creativity isn’t always about creating something new. It is usually about refashioning something that already exists.
    -Allow the knowledge of predecessors or things that were done before to inform what you do now.
    -What we create is unique because our life experiences are unique
    -Part of the way to prevent people from being in prison is to harness their creativity.
    -Creativity can help you think differently about yourself and about other people.
    -Creativity allows people to see themselves and appreciate themselves
    -The creative minds in prison are extraordinary. They have something to offer from a perspective that very few of us understand
    -Prisoners who take part in Creativity Based Programs are up to 80% less likely to re-offend
    -The Creative part of your being is essential to your happiness. It’s what makes you feel whole.
    -Being Creative means fighting a fundamental quality of the Brain – taking the path of least resistance (what we’ve already done before). Creativity emerges when we get off this path of least resistance. to Dig Deeper. To TRY SOMETHING NEW. Like changing a career or learning a new skill.
    -To be creative and think outside the proverbial box, you have to be willing to be wrong. You also have to be willing to be right, and yet, have everyone think you’re wrong.
    -Creative Ideas have to existence in a balance of the Familiar and the New. Because if you do something that is too boring, the world is going to pass you by. And if you do something that’s too crazy, no one is going to follow you there.
    -Don’t be afraid of failure. Creativity and successes often rise out of the ashes of failure.
    -Given creativity’s importance, we should be taught to embrace it from the beginning in childhood.
    -Kids learn when they are engaged and when you focus on learning through the arts and the process of the creative experience, children can blossom in very unique and special ways.
    -The skills that are embedded in the artistic and creative experience can make children better people, more than any standardized test in math/literacy can ever do.
    -Creativity belongs to all of us. It is the most transformative tool that we have at our disposal.
    -We live in an explosion of creativity, and to succeed in the future, we need to cultivate creativity, to proliferate options, to get off the path of least resistance, to take risks — and in this way, we can take advantage of what it is to be Human.

Price. Quality.

Posted on: March 5, 2019 Discussion: No Comments No Tags

This quote came up in a Team Meeting this month. Possibly said by Henry Ford, but we couldn’t confirm, so leaving it unknown and as a statement of what we believe in here at The Olive Street Agency. We find it very much so Truth. Let it inspire you this month to create quality in all you do.

You Have Greatness Within You

Posted on: February 5, 2019 Discussion: No Comments No Tags

As a Black-Owned Marketing Agency, The Olive Street Agency will always appreciate honoring great, successful and influential Black Inspirational People, Black Founders, Black Owned Businesses. It is from an amazing lineage and history that Black People in the United States have been able to occupy and become all 3 of these things since their arrival to this Country. With that, let’s give Les Brown his flowers while he is still here, although his messages of ‘You Have Greatness Within You’ will live far beyond him. Inspirational Teacher and Speaker, his message has reached millions with his work since the early 1980’s. Books, Workshops and more can be found online, and he also offers a #MotivationalMonday Conference Call EVERY MONDAY you can call into and receive inspiration (info here). You can Youtube more of course, but here is a great discussion and interview with Inspirational Podcast, Lewis Howes, The School of Greatness. A great meeting here. Happy Black History Month!

Leadership – We think about this, ALOT.

Posted on: January 5, 2019 Discussion: No Comments No Tags

Happy New Year! With this new year rollin’ in and rollin’ on, the climate that we are currently in, in 2019, Leadership has truly shook to the forefront of many minds, as it should. Leadership is always synonymous and often characterized by Inspiration. One of our favorite authors and teachers of and to inspire Leadership is John Maxwell. In Feb. 2019 he will release this book, Leadershift, and we are paying attention. Maxwell says: For the last 30 years, Leadership has ruled the business world. Good leaders adapt. They shift. Leadershifting is the ability and willingness to make a leadership change that will positively enhance organizational and personal growth.

We are also happy to announce this month, the official addition of our Video Content Services, Leadership Team. They are all leaders in their field of talent. Welcome to The Olive Street Agency, (frm L to R) Nate, Joel, Geraldine, Hyp, Rita, and Delf. Learn more about all of them here.

“The World doesn’t need more mediocre product”

Posted on: May 4, 2018 Discussion: No Comments No Tags

Right now actually, at The Olive Street Agency, we are looking for 1 or more graphic designers to work and build with for client work, so here’s our lil tidbit of inspiration for this month. Hopefully we’ll speak into existence a designer for us!

“The world doesn’t need more mediocre product” says Mark Parker, President & CEO of Nike, at the Innovation By Design Conference. “It’s really about making sure you’re creating the future, not just re-hashing what exists. And that’s really what design is all about”