Friday, November 30, 2012

TED talks on creativity

Adding another item to the "storage of great information" list -- here's the 10 TED talks on creativity that are worth taking the time to watch.

I'm slowly making my way through these, and will add on as I do.

Julie Burstein, 4 Lessons in Creativity
The biggest nugget for me out of this one was remembering not to take the world and our everyday experiences for granted. How might we appreciate what happens to us daily? How might we learn from those experiences that we'd rather not have, like loss or disappointment, and grow from them?

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
A great storyteller (yes, she's a writer!), Gilbert's main focus is on not getting hung up in the psyche or pressures of needing to deliver the best work, all the time, every single time. She talks about the creative genius as something that happens to you, or passes through you -- of course you have to bring your own hard work, too, and keep working even if you don't succeed every time, but the burden isn't necessarily always on you as a person. Sometimes it's dependent on everything else around you, and you just have to be aware enough to catch it.

David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence
I strongly believe in IDEO's approach to design thinking, and David Kelley is a great spokesperson for it. Understanding that so many people are driven by a fear of judgement is crucial to understanding why people are motivated to do the things they do. Kelley's points here are really around how we can get past that fear and allow divergent thinking, and he rounds it out with the idea that once you've overcome your fears, you start to focus on the more important things in life and have a stronger feeling of self-efficacy (that you can do what you set out to do).

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