The Art of the Song Creativity Radio

Art of the Song is a one-hour public radio program heard on over 150 stations across North America. The show explores universal truths common to all creative expression. We hope you’ll find useful tools and information here to help you explore your own creative process, whether it be music, writing, visual arts, or just living your life as a work of art. We all have a song to sing…

– John Dillon & Viv Nesbitt,
Co-hosts, co-executive producers                 

Creativity is much more than a buzzword or an over-used term that has lost its meaning. Fostering and developing creativity and promoting its importance worldwide has the power to transform our society and save our planet. Through engaging in our creativity we connect with our authentic selves, we discover our unique gifts, and we can ultimately find our life purpose. Buckminster Fuller, ahead of his time as he was, said that if every human being contributed his or her unique gift, the world would be in perfect harmony. We believe that through expressing our creative voices, we discover what these unique gifts are.

By expressing our creativity and thus our spiritual nature, we as individuals connect with the world at large and the greater consciousness of the universe. We at Art of the Song have been helping to lay the groundwork for this amazing transformation that is beginning to occur. For the last six years, we have been reaching out to hundreds of thousands of listeners in cities, small towns and rural communities throughout the country. Through music and discussion about songwriting and the creative process, we have subtly and repeatedly delivered the message that we are all creative and that it is not only possible, but imperative that each and all of us express our creative voices.

Art of the Song is much more than a music and interview radio show. We are engaged in very important work, and we must garner the support (financial and otherwise) of individuals, non-profits, corporations, radio stations, and other organizations who believe in – or would be convinced of – the importance of this creative mission. Let us spread the creative word. Let us lead by creative example. Let us grow this grassroots creative movement to transform the world!

If you have any thoughts about this please let us hear from you!

John Dillon – Co-host, Co-executive producer

NZ Creativity Facebook Page


NZ Creativity Facebook page                                                                                             Regular posts on all things creative.                                                                                             You could LIKE us while you are there.

What highly creative people do.

After many years of talking to highly creative people I reckon there are five things they do / have / demonstrate consistently.

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  1. Highly creative people make stuff up – twice. First in their heads [imagination] and then in the world [creativity and innovation] Imagination – the ability to conceive of what is not. Creativity – applied imagination. Innovation – novel and useful creativity that generates value. If you have lots of ideas then you are imaginative but if you do nothing with them you aren’t creative!
  2. Highly creative people become more creative by being more creative.
  3. Highly creative people make the time and space to be creative.
  4. Highly creative people work. This from Scott Berkum: “The biggest difference between you and Picasso, or Einstein, or whoever your heroes are is that they out work you. They spend more time in front of a canvas, or guitar, or computer, working away at applying their minds and souls to specific things. Want to be more creative? Pick something you care about and get to work.  If you don’t care about anything, your problem isn’t creativity, it’s apathy. If you start things and give up, your problem isn’t creativity, it’s dedication.” and from the artist Chuck Close:Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great idea.”                                                                                    
  5. Highly creative people have habits that less creative people do not – and I reckon if you adopt those habits you can’t help but become more creative.

And what are those habits?

Check here and I’ll tell you in future blogs.

Wayne Morris
20 May 2013

What’s Broken is the We — some thoughts on creativity for the common good

This paper is based on vivian Hutchinson’s keynote speech to the New Zealand Creativity Challenge conference held in Taranaki 27-28 April 2013.


The paper covers reflections on creativity and social entrepreneurship, and the work of Community Taranaki – a citizen-based approach to community development and the regeneration of our community sector.

It can be read online here or download PDF (for printing) at


For more information