TED features riveting talks from some of the best minds in Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The talks never fail to inspire me whenever I feel creatively “stuck” and need a little boost. In the list below, five incredible speakers share their invaluable insight on what it means to be creative. Here’s hoping that they give you a spark of inspiration.
1. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
We’re now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make. And the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities.
In a witty and surprisingly moving talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for an educational system that nurtures creativity and embraces multiple kinds of intelligence.
2. Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
Is it logical that anybody should be afraid of the work that they feel they were put on this earth to do?
Telling people that you’re embarking on a creative venture – like starting a business or publishing your own book – can often elicit concerned reactions. Aren’t you afraid that you’ll fail? What if your idea isn’t good enough? Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert wonders why creativity is often accompanied by fear, and offers advice on how to deal with the pressure.
3. David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence
We could take people who had the fear that they weren’t creative, and take them through a series of steps… and they turn fear into familiarity, and they surprise themselves. That transformation is amazing.
Is society split between the creatives and the non-creatives? The legendary David Kelley shares why he thinks this division is problematic, and offers advice to the self-proclaimed “analytically-minded” on how to build the natural creativity that is in all of us.
4. Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play
Playfulness helps us get to better creative solutions… Forget the adult behaviors that get in the way of your ideas.
The CEO of IDEO knows a thing or two about creativity. Through fun and interactive exercises, Tim Brown demonstrates the powerful relationship between creativity and play – and how you can apply it to your own creative process.
5. Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from
That is how innovation happens. Chance favors the connected mind.
Innovators will often describe a “Eureka!” moment when telling the story of their great idea. In this talk, Steven Johnson questions whether that single moment really exists, and argues instead that good ideas arise out of our connections with other creative minds.
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