Wired to Create

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Wired to Create

Facilitator(s): Rotating

Dates: 4th Mondays

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: UUCSV Library

     Join us September 25th and October 23rd as we wrap up the last two chapters “Turning Adversity into Advantage” and “Thinking Differently” respectively. At our last meeting in October we will discuss our next steps.

Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people.

Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking.

Kaufman & Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes— like mindfulness & daydreaming, seriousness & play, openness & sensitivity, and solitude & collaboration – to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. Each chapter explores one of the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people:


  • Imaginative Play
  • Passion
  • Daydreaming
  • Solitude
  • Intuition
  • Openness to Experience
  • Mindfulness
  • Sensitivity
  • Turning Adversity into Advantage
  • Thinking Differently

With insights from the work and lives of Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, Josephine Baker, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, musician Thom Yorke, chess champion Joshua Waitzkin, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and other creative luminaries, Wired to Create helps us better understand creativity – and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect.

Covenant for Wired to Create

  • We begin each meeting at 6:30 pm and end by 8:30 pm.
  • What we say and hear within the group stays within the group.
  • We do not interrupt one another.
  • We do not engage in side conversations, as they are too disruptive.
  • Use “parking lot” for thoughts and ideas, not related to current topic.
  • Bring an experiential activity to each meeting.
  • Speak up so all can hear.
  • Step up/step back.
  • We are committed to attending monthly, so we attend whenever possible.
  • Anyone can pass, that is, opt to not share, or to not participate in a discussion or exercise.