Playful with not knowing
Steve is an artist, writer and speaker interested in creativity and the human condition.
He works as a consultant and coach with individuals and organisations who are interested in finding creative and counter-intuitive ways to help free themselves from stuck loops of common-sense where creativity, novelty and change are rather difficult.
He regularly give talks on creativity, spontaneity, human social change, imperfection, stuckness, counter-culture, shame and the inner critic and is a regular guest on various podcasts. You can listen to some of his talks and interviews here.
As an artist he has exhibited his work alongside the likes of David Shrigley and Pablo Picasso and has sold pieces in the UK, US, South Africa and Russia. You can see his portfolio and find out about any forthcoming exhibitions here. He also specialises in conceptual art projects designed to provide a counter-point to what society regards as “normal” including the Inexpert 2018 conference which was designed to be the opposite of TED and Sound of Silence, the world’s first silent podcast featuring special guests. He shares his art mainly on instagram where you can find him as @stevexoh.
He is the founder of The Lab, a not-for-profit place to experiment and be experimented on in service of enlivening human beings. He also runs a number of experimental open workshops and events, all focussed on nurturing human creativity. You can read more about these here.
He has held roles as visiting faculty on a number of MSc programmes at Ashridge Business School, the Metanoia Institute and Roffey Park where he has taught spontaneity, working with uncertainty and creative activism as a force for good both in organisations and society in general. He holds an MSc with distinction from the Ashridge Masters in Organisational Change (AMOC) programme where he wrote his dissertation on human spontaneity.
He has trained in gestalt psychology, improvisational theatre, coaching, masks and art therapy all of which he combines into an experimental and experiential approach in his work.
He wrote all of this in the third person to make it seem like somebody else wrote it because that’s what people seem to do on this ABOUT pages. At least he didn’t describe himself as “we.”
He is at his best when he is on the edge of not quite knowing what he is doing.
The photo on this page was taken by the talented Steve Marshall as part of his experimental Photo-dialogue project.