Experimenting into a new life – Elizabeth Dalling

Elizabeth Dalling 2023

Today we are learning from Elizabeth Dalling.

Elizabeth builds the creative confidence of groups, communities and organisations, so they can change their worlds for the better. Her experience in private sector, international development and education contexts in Africa, the Middle East and Europe includes facilitation of design thinking, serious play and intercultural competence, as well as evaluation research and reporting on learning and life skills initiatives with UNICEF.

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In this conversation with Elizabeth, I learned:

  • She began her career in primary school teaching to be able to teach across silos.
  • The more emotional, creative type of teaching in primary school, tends to drop away and we go up in our heads.
  • What did she learn during her career break?
  • The struggle with losing the work identity.
  • It is a privilege to be able to choose for a career break.
  • Being able to learn during this break and have space to do her masters.
  • Taking a break can be a challenge to go back, and find the confidence.
  • A great period to test the beginner’s mind.
  • It is really interesting to raise humans from the human development point of view.
  • The number of questions we ask goes down from child to adult, we lose our curiosity.
  • Increasing your creative confidence with the combination of head, heart, and hands. Keeping these three in motion.
  • Keep the action going, not to reflect too much.
  • We learn from getting feedback from the world.
  • Keep experimenting.
  • Value practical works as much as knowledge work.
  • Good questions for a company empathy interview to discover if you like the job or profession.
  • Take of the pressure to find the one path, and acquire experiences.
  • Developing craftsmanship. De rote to mastery is followed by joy, not the other way around.
  • Creativity is not efficient.
  • Scaffolding experiences that enable people to tell stories, to find their values.
  • Head, hearts, and hands.
  • How to use the inner development goals in coaching.
  • Critical thinking is part of the creative process.
  • The coachee is the expert on the challenge.
  • Creative thinking is missing under the thinking domain in the IDGs.
  • She gets inspiration from : Designing your life – Bill Burnett and Dave Evans ; Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyis; collaborative, improvisational and emergent – Keith Sawyer; Hobby, job and vocation – Elizabeth Gilbert; Tech and creativity, focus – Carl Newport; Importance of conversation – Sherry Turkle; Stolen focus – Johann Hari

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Video of the conversation with Elizabeth Dalling

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