The important part of wonder is activating it and exploring it with each other.

“Hands up if you found someone wonderful.” If you missed our last Creative Mornings-Omaha, you missed a wonder-filled experience with Stuart Chittenden. No worries though – he also gave us a three-part assignment that we can work on anywhere: surrender ego, practice wonder and find awe. Wonder is a “doing endeavor” – and it starts by pressing play.

About the speaker

Born in sight of England’s Canterbury Cathedral, Stuart has called Omaha home since 2004. Formerly a London lawyer and an Omaha brand consultant, since 2016 he has focused his time and efforts to Squishtalks, a conversation social practice he founded in 2010. Promoting the art of conversation in the belief that conversation helps us to live well and work better, one significant community project was “a couple of 830-mile-long conversations.” In an RV, Stuart adventured for four weeks alongside roads and among small towns to talk with Nebraskans, discovering the lives, cultures and stories of people he met.

Stuart’s conversational endeavors include Lives Radio Show on Mind & Soul 101.3FM, a talk show and podcast. Stuart also collaborates with creativity expert Dan Gilbert using design thinking to help individuals and organizations creatively realize their best futures. Stuart’s poetry and other writing has appeared in several literary journals. Although frightened of the open ocean, Stuart did become a qualified skydiver.

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