“How can I practice more creativity and play into my routine?” I dive into all that and more on this episode of the Curious Monica podcast! Big shout-out to the amazing Monica Kang, the Founder of Innovators Box, for featuring me on her show and helping kick off Black History Month!⁠ ⁠Listen to the full episode here! 

Show Notes

  1. Title of the Episode: Master Play with Gary Ware
  2. Host: Monica H. Kang
  3. Guest: Gary Ware, Founder and CEO of Breakthrough Play, Author of “Playful Rebellion”
  4. Key Topics Covered:
    • Celebration of Black History Month
    • Gary Ware’s journey into creativity and playfulness
    • Insights from Gary’s experiences at Epic Summit and his humorous content on Instagram
    • Discussion on maintaining mental well-being in the workplace and being an effective leader
    • Gary’s early life and how it shaped his creativity
    • Tips from Gary for enhancing creativity and overcoming creative blocks
    • The role of AI in creativity and innovation
    • The importance of representation in innovation and leadership
    • Recommendations for other black innovators to follow
  5. Highlights:
    • Gary Ware’s love for creativity from an early age and his path to becoming an innovator
    • Strategies for fostering creativity, such as listing ideas and challenging the brain with new prompts
    • The impact of AI on future facilitation and creativity
    • The significance of representation in creative and leadership spaces
    • Gary’s recommendations for other black innovators
  6. Quotes from Gary Ware:
    • “Creativity is problem-solving.”
    • “The practice of being creative is how we stimulate our brain.”
    • “Representation matters… it helps people in the room realize that someone like themselves can be there.”
    • “You can do it and you can do it through action.”
  7. Resources Mentioned:
    • “Playful Rebellion” by Gary Ware
    • Epic Summit
    • Gary Ware’s Instagram for humorous content
  8. Contact Information for Gary Ware:
    • Instagram and LinkedIn
    • Website: BreakthroughPlay.com
  9. Closing Thoughts by Monica Kang:
    • Emphasis on surrounding oneself with innovative people
    • Invitation to follow and engage with the guest and host for more insights

The Curious Monica podcast features candid conversations with innovators in thriving organizations across various industries. In each episode, host & founder of InnovatorsBox, Monica Kang interviews her friends in diverse fields about what they do and why they love what they do. If you’re curious too, you’ll gain incredible insight into the workplace patterns that can change the way you think about work, no matter what industry you’re in or who you are.