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Plexus Workshop: Creativity, Collaboration and Complexity
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When: Monday,November 14, 2016
9 AM ET- 5 PM ET
Where: Washington, D.C.
United States

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Creativity, Collaboration, and Complexity: 

Songwriting-An Instrument for Engagement

An experiential workshop face to face with your colleagues and  JON GAILMOR sponsored by Plexus Institute

Sunday, November 13, 2016

9 AM to 5 PM 

Washington, D.C.

­            This experience is designed both to stimulate and to exploit the innate creativity within us all.  It will help participants discover themselves, their uniqueness and their poetic and musical talents.  Participants will learn to appreciate, and to collaborate with, their fellow-composers.  The ability to create something beautiful in a group is a skill they will always carry with them.  Their exhilaration can translate into a positive impact on other groups in which they live and work:  families, communities and society as a whole.

No musical experience or special talent needed. Just bring your creative juices and have fun!       

Jon will facilitate a process that incorporates simple rules for collaborative lyric writing - a liberating structure that can lead to a clear and essential mutual recognition of issues relevant ­­to the group.  We can explore elements of composition (simile, metaphor, meter and rhythm, and lyrics versus poetry) and engagement (interaction, flow, and emergence) as groups of novice songwriters give birth to eloquent, elegant, artistic renderings of chosen themes, having joyfully built every lyric and note with Jon as catalyst.  The participants will experience the power of collective creativity, and feel consummate ownership of their work.  And what songs!        

In addition to new insights about their own creative processes, participants will receive copies of all the lyrics and we’ll record songs on a CD! 


Jon Gailmor is a singer-songwriter who has been honored as an “Extraordinary Vermonter” by the governor, received the Mayor’s Peace Prize in Burlington and was awarded a Silver Citation by the Vermont Arts Council.  He sang as Vermont’s representative at the 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and, in 1996, was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Brattleboro, on its way to Atlanta.  He has toured with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and has released six solo albums.  In addition to performing and conducting workshops he offers school-based residencies to bring this experience to kids of all ages. 


To register, please contact Lisa Kimball at

Fee:  $50

To pay by check, please send check to Plexus Institute, 1025 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C., 20036. For credit card payment, please leave a phone number and best time to reach you on Lisa’s email and you will be called for your credit card processing information.

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