“Flow is the fuel we need to build not just better skills, but also better relationships, better systems, and better quality of life.”

Specialism: Human Development and Flourishing
Background: Founder of UNI’sCreative Life Research Center


The Workshop

Finding Flow with Mihaly: The Father of Flow’s Map for Practical Life Design

Peak performance. Purpose. Happiness. What is flow for and how do we make the most of it? Mihaly “Mike” Csikszentmihalyi’s collaborators at will share what was on Mike’s mind in the final chapter of his life: Flow as the fuel we need to build not just better skills, but also better relationships, better systems, and better quality of life. Participants will experience guided reflection on mining and mixing the four elements they need to create constructive energy from optimal experience. The discussion pays tribute to the words and work that teach us how to build ourselves an optimal experience infrastructure. This is a design for life that continuously renews our energy to evolve and create—even when we’re most tempted to give in to Entropy, the inevitable slide of everything toward chaos and decline.  

About the Speaker

Gary Gute is an Associate Professor of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa, where he also co-directs UNIFlowLab, a research center committed to studying the role of flow in the quality of life. In addition to working with students engaged in flow research,he teaches the courses The Science and Experience of Human Flourishing, Creativity and the Evolution of Culture, and The Creative Experience. He holds a PhD in Human Development from Iowa State University.

He is also co-creator of, dedicated to the Father of Flow, his long-time mentor, friend, and research collaborator Mihaly “Mike” Csikszentmihalyi. He is the founder of UNI’sCreative Life Research Center and the Human Potential Project at UNI. He is also the licensee for TEDxUNI. As an engagement consultant/coach, Gary is focused designing optimal environments for learning, flow, and creativity in families, organizations, communities, and schools. In addition to many academic publications and presentations, his work has been discussed in Newsweek, The Washington Post, Parents, Family Fun, Men's Health, and on PBS’ Charlie Rose Show. He curates The FlowChannel’s Blog and will soon be launching The Flow Channel’s Podcast. For the last 30 years, he has found flow while meeting the many unexpected challenges that reveal themselves during the restoration of historic homes. His current projects include an 1874 Italianate and an 1893 Queen Anne.

My Offer

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