Blogs by InnovatorsBox®

Does listening to music stimulate creative thinking? There are many theories around the relationship between music and creativity. But we all know, and research has also shown, that listening to music can lower anxiety and improve our moods, overall. And tapping into positive thinking can foster breakthrough moments of creativity and could facilitate creative insights.

It’s a common belief that creativity is meant for a select few, and it’s true that creating something out of nothing can be difficult. But the world thrives on those who are able to delight in their creativity everyday. We can’t draw a straight line and think that we’re not creative. We all have our own creative streak and it is amazing to discover it and push ourselves further. Creativity means original ideas, unexpected ideas, insights, and solutions – big and small – and is omnipresent in our everyday lives. It’s a skill that can be practiced, in small reps, and with consistency, awareness, curiosity, and intention, we can get better at our creative muscle.

How do we practice creativity? Where do we access it? How can we find more and creative ways to put in more reps, everyday?

At InnovatorsBox®, we believe that creativity is for all. And if we are only making learning creative skills available through trainings and workshops, then we’re not making it accessible for everyone. So we went to the drawing board to think about what are some innovative ways to bring creativity to more of us? 

Whether we love to listen to music, to watch videos, to cook, or we want leadership training, our intent is to be the home for innovators who are hungry to learn. Because everyone learns and is inspired differently. That’s how Innovator’s Kitchen was born, where we pair a cooking demo with savory leadership lessons. Learn more about it here

But what about music? I mean… who doesn’t like to listen to music? I’m yet to meet anyone who doesn’t jam to the beat. Whether it’s by playing an instrument or just going with the groove, we know there’s nothing better than releasing our inner artist and discovering new sounds! Personally, I’ve noticed how much listening to music with a story inspires me and gives me an extra oomph of courage and curiosity.

So off we went.

To make music.

I decided to build InnovatorsBox® Studios.

To bring it into life, I built an internal team of individuals whose love for music and a good story collided with ours, and together, we decided to tell some stories. 

And today, we’re launching our first collection, Rethink Creativity. (Yes, that is also the name of my book!)

And as we introduce Music by InnovatorsBox®, I’d also like to take an opportunity to introduce our amazing team behind the beats we invite you to jam to.

LUKE HELDER

Head Music Composer

“Working at InnovatorsBox® resonates with me so strongly because, more than I am a musician, I am a student of storytelling - I am completely fascinated with the art of telling stories, and the immense power they have to change our perspective and understanding of the world and ourselves. And as an artist and musician, I am primarily interested in how I can help others tell the stories that the world needs to hear. With InnovatorsBox®, there is a really powerful story Monica is passionate about telling, which really does have the power to change people’s perspective in a positive way.”

"While writing music for its own sake can be fun for me, using music to help tell a much bigger story is far more satisfying."

SERIN OH

Creative Producer and Artist in Residence

“My work through InnovatorsBox® has allowed me to explore what it means to be honest to my true self. Naturally, creating content in a company that’s on a mission to unlock ‘creativity for all’ has given me the opportunity to dive deeper into the core of why I create. My voice and desire to encourage others to boldly embrace who they are has become clearer through my work at InnovatorsBox. Not only has it allowed me to become more fearless, but working with Monica so closely has shown me the endless possibilities in building a life based on purpose. And through our work, I hope they can feel the appreciation and invitation to be curious about their own life.”

"We have made it our mission to stay curious in our own craft by asking ourselves, and one another, questions of the structures that exist today."

ROWANNE CHANG

Studio's Graphic Producer

“In pursuing my goal in the music business, I realized there is a gap between the music/entertainment industry and other businesses. And when my path collided with InnovatorsBox®, I instantly loved how Monica is trying to bring the energy and creativity that the music business has to the other traditional businesses. Music is something that is never distant and I greedily hope when people listen to our music, that they dig into the rhythm and lyrics and feel resonated with it. I want people to think: “Do I feel this?”. And I hope through my artworks, we can attract more people who want to listen to our story and think about theirs. Because this world is built around and with stories.”

"Ideas are always important and creativity always brings more colors and fun to this world."

About the Author

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Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang, Founder, and CEO of InnovatorsBox® and Author of Rethink Creativity is transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. She helps companies rethink culture, leadership, and team development by making creativity practical and relatable regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica’s work has been recognized by The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Prior to InnovatorsBox®, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.

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