Enjoy our Q&A from Michael Green our January speaker.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

Enduring childhood abandon, a deep desire for adventure, a willing exploration of risk, and an undying dedication to love.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

This one is simple; in nature.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

You will find yourself when you find yourself; never force it and never expect more of yourself than the moment you are in.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Great Pacific Iron Works, Chouinard Equipment, Patagonia, 1% for the Planet and a host of other progressive organizations and companies but most importantly a father of modern day ice climbing and designer of my first ice climbing axes.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

There is a long and silly list of craziness; from free climbing solos to rappelling off a suspension bridge into a waterfall wearing my cap and gown at Cornell graduation, to being the first to ever kayak the northern border of Afghanistan (with my son Makalu when he was 9 years old), to some big scary climbs in Alaska and the Himalaya, to kayaking off glaciers with huge katabatic winds and swells in Antarctica with Makalu when he was 10; to pinning a poem I wrote on the trees – line by line – on the hike up the Grouse Grind for a girl so she would see it on her morning run; or I suppose believing we could create a seismic global shift in construction to address climate change and starting a free global online education program to make that happen. I think maybe I have a long list of crazy……

What has been one of your biggest Aha! moments in life?

There is nothing stopping us from solving the world’s greatest challenges other than an assumption that someone else will.