I’ve never really thought of myself as a creative type. From my days studying law, to my career as an Insurance Loss Assessor with my head in policy wordings, the arc of my story has somehow seemed rather dry.
That is of course until I discovered my love of podcasting whilst flat on my back in a hospital bed some three years ago. As it was in that London hospital bed where my first create seed was germinated.
Today, some people tell me I’m a creative. That I’ve actually come up with an idea, something from nothing, and had the audacity to put it out there. As Brene Brown says, ”there’s a deep connection between finding meaning in one’s life and creativity.”
This week’s guest is a natural creative. Chrissy Levett, London Based Creative Director, who’s studied graphic design and communications at the Royal College of Art here in London. She’s won a number of industry awards for branding, is a TEDx speaker, newly published author believing creative thinking is vital for us to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Now Founder & CEO for Creative Conscience a global movement set up to encourage, reward, train and support creative thinkers, to use their talents for social & environmental impact.
I love this conversation and being around creative people. It just makes me feel uplifted and inspired and wherever you are on your life journey, it’s never too late to start writing your creative story. This Your London Legacy.
“All of us—every person on the planet is creative. I think if you’ve ever had an idea you’re creative. It’s just our education system isn’t set up to understand the value of creative thinking.”
Chrissy has seen first hand the failures of our education system in fostering creativity in the youth. A problem that has trickled into society itself, a society that isn’t working for most people. People are miserable, over prescribed, and forced to believe their value in society is only in the context of a system that doesn’t value or reward personal creativity and the happiness it can bring. The community it can bring.
“Fear stops us from being great.”
Chrissy is the Founder and CEO of Creative Conscience which sets out to correct the failures of the education system and society and push creatives into action to, in some cases, quite literally save the planet. These projects range from societal while addressing topics such as bullying and teenage suicide—to Danish students making ice posters that melted around towns to highlight the lack of climate change debate amongst their politicians during an election cycle.
Creative Conscience helps youth overcome the anxiety and fear that surrounds putting work out into the world, an issue any creative faces, even myself, even Chrissy. To put work out into the world makes you vulnerable, and it is something I feel everytime I sit down with a new guest. I’m thankful for the work Chrissy does in helping to push people to find their purpose and express it in caring communities that help build lifelong careers and happiness to change the world from the inside out.