Routines & Ruts

Tyson Yunkaporta on how creativity is inseparable from life

Episode Summary

Author, academic, educator, and maker Tyson Yunkaporta on routine as the death of relation to people and place, the involuntary ruts we experience, and how ambition can be directed towards leaving tools for generations to come – the most powerful being story.

Episode Notes

Author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World Tyson Yunkaporta speaks to how when we reduce creativity to a marketplace, we overlook how we are all creative. 

“Creativity is now widely regarded as a vaguely defined skill-set falling randomly on individual geniuses. Deep engagement encompassing mind, body, heart and spirit has been replaced by a dogged ethic of commitment to labour, enthusiastic compliance with discipline imposed by authority," writes Tyson. 

In this conversation, we meander through topics including routine as the death of relation to people and place, the involuntary ruts we experience from being entangled in a system, allowing flow in your environment, not being a brand, checks and balances, and how ambition can be directed towards leaving tools for generations to come – and the most powerful of those tools being story. 

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This podcast is produced and edited by Madeleine Dore. Special thanks to Nelson Dore for the theme music and Ellen Porteus for the cover art.