Inspirational Insights #1: TED Talks’ The Source of Creativity

NPR’s TED Radio Hour for October 3, 2014 was on
The Source of Creativity

We want to be creative but channeling our creative impulses is no small feat. Is creativity something we are born with or can we learn it? In this hour, TED speakers examine the mystery of creativity. In case you need some inspiration, here are the four shows that made up the hour.

Sting: How Do You Get Over Writer’s Block?
After a nasty bout of writer’s block that stretched on for nearly a decade, Sting found inspiration by channeling the stories of the shipyard workers he knew from his childhood.

Dr. Charles Limb: What Does a Creative Brain Look Like
What happens in the brain during musical improv? Researcher Charles Limb scanned the brains of jazz musicians to find out.

Sir Ken Robinson: How Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson makes a case for creating an education system that nurtures — rather than stifles — creativity.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Where Does Creativity Come From?
Writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. She explores creativity further in her 2014 TED talk.

Each of these TED talks are attached to related playlists on creativity. See the links at the bottom of their respective pages.

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