Creativity Is Contagious | Brands and Culture for the Common Good

“Wow. Want an easy-read synopsis of today’s sea change for business? This is it.”

Barie Carmichael, Author of Reset: Business and Society in the New Social Landscape and Batten Fellow, University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate Business School

The HIGHLY ACCLAIMED e-zine, Creativity is Contagious: Brands and Culture for the Common Good is now out!


About Creativity Is Contagious... And Risky

Creativity Is Contagious, a blog published by Sally O’Dowd, focuses on innovation in business, media, technology and the arts. Following the January 2015 murders of 11 journalists at French weekly Charlie Hebdo, by two Al Queda terrorists, Sally wrote a series of posts entitled “Seven Songs for Charlie Hebdo.”

Wanting to further explore the universal right to free expression, Sally enlisted a transatlantic team to conceptualize, write and publish the multimedia e-zine Creativity Is Risky: Free Speech in a Charlie Hebdo World. It is also available in print. Click here to get your PDF copy.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Other Tales of Love and Loss

Blogging and journalistic-style writing gave way to poetry upon the death of Sally’s mother on December 29, 2015.  Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and other Tales of Love and Loss is a 20-part digital series exploring relationships, grief, personal struggle, and joy. A multimedia content producer, she accompanies each poem with artwork crowd-sourced via social channels, family and friends. Literati Magazine publishes many of her poems.

For more information and to support the #freespeech #creativityisrisky movement, please follow her on social media and read more of her work at

Creativity Is Risky: Salman Rushdie and Sally O'Dowd Get Acquainted

“Creativity Is Risky” features Rushdie prominently.

Jim Ylisela, a Chicago investigative journalist, author and my Northwestern journalism professor, wrote the e-zine’s epilogue. He kicked it off with a quote by Salman Rushdie — “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” 

Needless to say I was eager to show my e-zine to Rushdie after his recent talk at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York City.  

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Sally-Ann O’Dowd, a multimedia content producer and communications executive, recently moved from New York to Fort Lauderdale so she could swim more. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and received her B.A. in political science and French literature from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind. As part of her undergraduate study, she spent a semester at La Sorbonne in Paris and a summer at Georgetown.  For her professional portfolio, please visit