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Need Some Inspiration? 10 Inspirational Talks

If you need a burst of inspiration make sure you check out this video on TED. 10 very creative thinkers share their ideas and strategies to let your inner genious out. http://www.ted.com/playlists/11/the_creative_spark.html

1. Elizabeth Gilbert; Your elusive creative genious. Elizabeth muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniouses. 19 min 28 sec

2. David Kelley; How to build your creative confidence. Is your scool or workplace divided into “creatives” vs practical people? David Kelley here suggests creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. 11 min 46 sec.

3. Janet Echelmann; Taking imagination seriously. Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity. 9 min 26 sec.

4. Stefon Harris; There are no mistakes on the bandstand. What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don’t react to them appropriately. 13 min 11 sec.

5.Tim Brown; Tales of creativity and play. At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play — with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn’t). 27 min 58 sec

6. Amy Tan; Where does creativity hide? Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved. 22 min 52 sec

7. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. 19 min 24 sec

8. Isaac Mizrahi on fashion and creativity. Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations — from ’50s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a woman on the street who makes him shout “Stop the cab!” Inside this rambling talk are real clues to living a happy, creative life. 14 min 16 sec.

9. John Bohannon; Dance vs Powerpoint, a modest proposal. Use dancers instead of powerpoint. That’s science writer John Bohannon’s “modest proposal.” In this spellbinding choreographed talk he makes his case by example, aided by dancers from Black Label Movement. 11 min. 17 sec

10. Kirby Ferguson; Embrace the remix. Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform. 9 min 42 sec

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