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GS01 Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Wednesday, April 20

The long-term success of L&D can often depend greatly on our ability to find a way to rise above any challenge and find solutions no matter what comes our way. The phrase “Embrace the Shake” comes from artist Phil Hansen’s personal story of transformation. After developing a career-ending tremor in his drawing hand, Phil embraced his “shake” both physically and metaphorically by redefining his limitation as an impetus for creativity. Phil not only restored his artistic abilities, he became a much more creative and innovative artist.

During this powerful opening keynote, you will discover how finding creativity within limitations will inspire you to stop looking on the outside, and start looking inside yourself for resources that can transform your challenges into opportunities for success. Through jaw-dropping visuals and live interactive art, you will break preconceived assumptions, activate your creative capacity, and bring fresh ways of viewing the task at hand that will culminate with success.

Phil Hansen

Multimedia Artist, Speaker, Author, Innovator

Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized artist who eschews conventional boundaries, choosing instead to work at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences. His artistic journey nearly came to an end when he developed a tremor in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, Hansen discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity. His inspirational story was first shared on the TED stage to a standing ovation, and then disseminated around the world via features on PBS, BBC, and CCTV. He has spoken at the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and the Million Dollar Round Table. In addition to speaking and creating art, Hansen is a proponent for advancing art education. He’s the author of Tattoo a Banana, a guide to exploring creativity through art with everyday materials. He is also the founder of Goodbye-Art Academy, which offers high quality and free art education videos to teachers and students everywhere.