Cultivating Creativity: Carissa Carter (Podcast)

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Can you cultivate creativity in your life? Is it something you’re born with or something that can be developed over time? Listen in as I talk with Carissa Carter of the Stanford D School on this and more!

Cultivating Creativity: An interview with Carissa Carter of the Standford D School on the Namely Marly Podcast | I’m so excited to be sharing with you today my interview with Carissa Carter on a topic that’s been increasing in relevancy lately, creativity. Carissa is definitely the person to answer questions on creativity because her career has been swathed in it. For one thing she has worn many hats in her life. She began her career as a geologist studying glaciers in Alaska and steep slot canyons in Utah. She also has an MS Engineering in Product Design from Stanford and that’s where her work at the D School comes in. She spends her time there working with colleagues and students designing the university experience for students in 2020. I can’t wait to see what they come up with! Carissa also works with clients through her Parallel Design Labs. You also might find her teaching a class on creativity to local students or designing skate boards in her garage.

Translation? She is one busy person!

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Here are some of the highlights of my discussion with Carissa Carter:

  • How Carissa has defined 3 important buckets in her creative life and how she checks in with them regularly to make sure one isn’t taking over
  • The travel guide she wrote on Hong Kong based on sensory experiences – smells, sites, sounds, etc.
  • The exercise Carissa uses called a “dérive” to give yourself permission to explore your every-day world with new eyes and to help train  your senses to lead to a more creative life
  • Tricks on how to inspire and shake you out of your every day lens to experience life in a new and creative way
  • We discuss the age-old question of nature vs. nurture. I think you’ll like the answer here too!
  • How anyone can add more creativity to their lives
  • We discuss another age-old question, how messy should your desk be? Seriously, what is the structure of your home office that is best suited toward creativity – messy or organized? If you sense a bit of guilt leading into that question, you might be right…
  • Finally, we talk a little about inspiration and what inspires Carissa each day


Carissa and I talked about several resources you might find interesting. Here they are:


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