At David Usher’s company, CloudID Creativity Labs, a sign on the wall reads: Dream big, let the elephants run!” The words are a reminder for us to hold a place in our minds for big ideas. Based on his wildly popular speaking engagements, Let the Elephants Run shows us how to reignite creativity whether in the head office, the home office or the artist’s studio.
Usher believes creativity is in our DNA; it's in everyone, not just the creative class. We all start our lives as creative beings but for many, that spark of creativity becomes lost over time. Usher empowers readers to achieve more ah ha” moments through two cornerstone principles of creativity: freedom and structure. Using photographs, artwork and illustrations, he shows us that creativity is not magic; it is a learnable skill that any person or business can master. The dynamic full-colour design includes action pages to help readers start cultivating the habit of documenting their ideas for future execution.
A mix of personal anecdotes, and professional examples from the worlds of industry, technology, science, music, and art, this is an essential guidebook to reconnecting with our imaginations and nurturing our creativity in an accessible and productive way.
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David Usher is a musician, entrepreneur and keynote speaker. He has sold more than 1.4 million albums and toured all over the world. When David is not making music, he is equally passionate about using technology to build new and interesting businesses. His company, Cloudid Creativity Labs works on vast range of innovative projects, from building web platforms to creative consulting for companies like Cirque du Soleil and Deloitte. David sits on the advisory board of McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas and is the founding director of Amnesty International’s Artists for Amnesty.Review:
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“Go ahead, write in this book. I dare you. David’s writing will change you, possibly forever.” ― Seth Godin, author, The Icarus Deception
“David Usher has written a passionate, eclectic, rule-breaking, and practical guidebook to finding your creative side. Unlike most such books, however, this isn't merely arm-waving: it is data-driven and grounded in David's many years of success as an artist and entrepreneur. I loved it.” ―Dr. Paul Kedrosky, venture capitalist and contributing editor to Bloomberg
“Let the Elephants Run is a wake-up call for sleeping synapses, and an ode to our natural curiosity and imagination. The reader is invited to dare, to reflect, and to play.” ― Gillian Ferrabee, Director of Cirque Du Soleil Creative Lab
“This book is an enthralling exploration of the creative process that will both fascinate and challenge you. David’s insightful take on how to both unleash and control one's own creativity is particularly relevant in today’s world, where new ideas and innovation are becoming a key part of our everyday lives.” ― Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
“Let the Elephants Run is a wonderful exercise into the questions we were always so afraid to ask. It’s a look inside our own patterns as human beings, and teaches us how to bring out the best in our creativity and ourselves.” ― Béatrice Martin, musician (Coeur de pirate)
“Usher asks readers to draw, dream, and explore as they read. The entire book is visually stunning, with beautifully chosen photos, typography, and graphics throughout. Combining hard data and personal experience, Usher offers inspiration and a clear map to creativity.” ― Publisher’s Weekly
“This is not the kind of book you want to borrow, but buy and own, write and colour inside of, and return to throughout your artistic journey. It will provide an ephemeral burst of inspiration to even the most closed of minds, and for those that are truly receptive to it, the contents of this book could do anything from blast away writer’s block to radically shift your perception, and ,ultimately, your life.” ― The Clarion
“There’s a real artistic quality to [the book], but it’s also very direct and easily digestible.” ― City Life Magazine
“An imaginative but practical guidebook to finding and nurturing our creativity . . . I couldn’t put it down.” ― Waterloo Chronicle
“For both the young or the inexperienced entrepreneur, Usher offers some valuable insights.” ― BetaKit
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