Aneesah Bakker

Owner/Director/Developer, Creative Change Coaching
The Hague, Netherlands

About Aneesah

Bio

Self-taught Artist, Gallery Owner, Creativity & Transition Coach, Createrventionist, Creative Change Agent, Workshop Developer, Workshop Consultant & Facilitator, Trainer, Blogger, blogging on homesickness, being at home wherever you are, rules that set your free, Author of Passion to Performance, Passionate about Creativity & Innovation

An idea worth spreading

change happens... creative change needs a helping hand. You can be at home wherever you are because you take your heart with you. You can make a difference!

I'm passionate about

Creativity, Innovation, creating workshops, breaking rules, making rules that set me free, personal empowerment, the hero's journey, networking

Talk to me about

Creativity, passion, breaking rules, hero's journey, restorying/ restoring your life, 12 step programs that innovate, courage, perception as the key to transformation, possibility

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Aneesah Bakker
Posted over 1 year ago
Sunni Brown: Doodlers, unite!
I was very excited to follow a university level course by Lynda Barry on Doodling and Neuroscience - it was called The Unthinkable Mind. (ps. she makes available the full course, presented in more than 20 pages, on her tumblr page.) The link on open culture is http://www.openculture.com/2013/01/join_cartoonist_lynda_barry_for_a_university-level_course_on_doodling_and_neuroscience.html I have come across online clubs around 'sketchnoting', and some of the members are teachers who are having success with this method of graphic note-taking. http://sketchnotearmy.com/ I love reading non-fiction books especially on the topic of personal development - taking notes in the book, highlighting and even separate notes, trying out tasks etc. Last year, when drawing up an illustrated playbook (that's what I called it) for my student, I personally got so much more out of the non-fiction book we were working through than from all my other active methods of assimilation!
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Aneesah Bakker
Posted over 2 years ago
Our greatest gift is our capacity to have insights, epiphanies and aha moments!
Colleen, If I was choosing a workshop, or mentor, I would choose Deepak over Perez at the blink of an eye! To be a mentor, it's important to walk one's talk... For the newly initiated, the "teaching" can be a distraction, when the journey first and foremost needs to be the inner journey with the inner challenges and the initiate is better off investing one's resources of time, energy, etc. there! Most definitely!
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Aneesah Bakker
Posted over 2 years ago
Our greatest gift is our capacity to have insights, epiphanies and aha moments!
Hi Colleen, This does highlight a whole lot of other aspects around ahas, insights and such moments of enlightenment... especially when one's insights lead to radical change, people may be skeptical... and rightly so, when they go by a person's track record. The person experiencing the epiphany and being called to change their lives have a natural desire to take it as far as it will go... and to share what they have learned. This probably is similar to the effect that is "one teaches what one most needs to learn". In such shows, the power can be lost in the "hype", the over-presentation and marketing that seems to accompany it... it is too polished rather than fresh! Our calling is to be open to new insights and when we receive them, to notice them and practice what we have learned... As an advocate of The Hero's Journey, I think part of embracing these gifts "the ultimate boon" includes a responsibility to rise to a new challenge of sharing this gift.... playing it forward!
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Aneesah Bakker
Posted over 2 years ago
Can I help you find a TEDTalk you remember watching?
Emily, the list is growing... I got so many links, I am listening to them one at a time before I post it on the conversation I started on TED. The great thing is once I have a talk, I also find the conversations that might add to what I am researching. Here is a link to my conversation on http://www.ted.com/conversations/11360/our_greatest_gift_is_our_capac.html?c=464765 This is what it is about: Our greatest gift is our capacity to have insights, epiphanies and aha moments! What is an epiphany? Please share your thoughts on epiphany, insight, aha moments, synchronicity, serendipity. Where do they come from? ps. I shared your trick with others there. Many thanks!
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Aneesah Bakker
Posted over 2 years ago
Our greatest gift is our capacity to have insights, epiphanies and aha moments!
Emily McManus taught me a trick on how to search for TED talks that mention the words epiphany, aha, eureka, insights and the like. I will list some of my favorite discoveries here. This is here trick: I'll tell you one of my secret tricks -- using a Google search with this exact syntax: epiphany "video on ted.com" site:ted.com where "epiphany" can be whatever word you're looking for. This search will return the transcript of each talk that contains the word. It's pretty magical! 1. The first one and I am listening to it right now, powerful and couldn't be more appropriate: http://www.ted.com/talks/steven_johnson_where_good_ideas_come_from.html To quote Steven "Chance favors the connected mind" and this talk connected me to a TED conversation... 2. http://www.ted.com/conversations/10318/what_is_the_most_defining_mome.html
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Aneesah Bakker
Posted over 2 years ago
David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence
Yes, I agree Paul... the experience comes first, the words follow. I facilitated a creativity group yesterday, where a participant was still dissatisfied with her ability to create affirmations. I then reflected that experience comes first, when she and the other members told of their experiences, all of them quiet effortlessly used powerful streams of affirmations. We also used an exercise derived from Bandler's NLP to increase confidence. Bandler and Skinner studied effective "therapists" like Bandura, identified what made the difference, this aspect of change at the experiential level and then made it available to the lay-person... so we can cut to the chase. I wonder how this compares to systematic desensitization. I personally use a system I created called PER (purr), an acronym for progressive emotional relaxation... aimed at mindfulness and shifting on an experiential level.
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Aneesah Bakker
Posted over 2 years ago
What is the most painful lesson you experienced and you wish other people to avoid your experience
As a creative person, some of the "painful" experiences come from people who "steal" my ideas and try to sabotage my projects... projects that are close to my heart, such as writing a book, running a community workshop for no financial benefit but to support others in developing their creativity. I am a resilient person and not in the least bit paranoid (I tend to be very trusting and give others the benefit of the doubt, even if I notice signs that they are capable of a certain destructive behavior) However, I ACCEPT it is what it is. I remain true to myself and my integrity in spite of threats. Such experiences cannot be avoided, meaning, one cannot go into a primitive form of fight, flight and fright response. I teach ways to develop strategies and resilience, self-belief to be able to DISCERN the motives of others. What we resist, persists so I don't waste energy getting upset that such things exist. They make me stronger and more determined to support others build their creative confidence and not only meet such challenges (attacks) but thrive and continue to grow and even experience joy in what they are doing. I focus on authenticity, integrity and contribution/making a difference! Always look for ways to shift from victim to victor and tell a story of how i am making it!