Q&A with December’s speaker, Ben Katt, who will be speaking on the topic SILENCE.

  1. We all are creatives. Describe what you do, make or create in one sentence. As a meditation teacher, transformational coach, and designer and facilitator of creative community mindfulness experiences, I help people reconnect to their humanity and move towards wholeness so that they can grow their impact in their work and the world.
  2. What are the top creative challenges that you face in your day-to-day? Describing what I do in one sentence, quieting the part of me that chases after perfectionism, and distracting myself with the details of a project because it gives me a sense of progress when I really should be immersing myself in the slower, more nebulous aspects of designing, writing, creating, etc.
  3. When you get stuck creatively, what is the first thing you do to get unstuck? I go for a walk or run through the woods, usually Carkeek Park.
  4. How do you define creativity and apply it in your career? Creativity is where calling intersects with context; where our unique passions, perspectives, and gifts meet the particular hopes or needs of our time and place, cultural moment, and community. In my career, I’m always trying to pay attention to what is stirring inside me and how I might express that in a way that brings about goodness and growth in the world around me.
  5. What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person? That, as Walt Whitman once said, “I contain multitudes.”
  6. What are you reading these days? Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth and The Hero with a Thousand Faces; Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday.
  7. If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them? I’d spend 5 more minutes one-on-one with each of my 3 children, listening to whatever they want to talk about (not including excessively-detailed recaps of a movie or show they’ve recently watched).