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Creative links & smart thinking

April 3, 2011

A collection of links to short talks on Ted featuring some very smart speakers –  really interesting ideas around being creative, staying creative and why.

Elizabeth Gilbert – On Nurturing Creativity
“Aren’t you afraid you are going to work your whole life at this craft and nothings ever going to come of it and your gonna die on a scrap head of broken dreams with your mouth filled with the bitter ash of failure”

Ken Robinson – Schools Kill Creativity
“Many highly talented brilliant creative people, think they’re not, because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued or was stigmatised”

Stefan Sagmeister – The Power of Time Off
“I thought it might be helpful to cut off five of those retirement years and intersperse them in between those working years”

Seth Godin – On Sliced Bread
“For the first 15 years after sliced bread was available no-one bought it, no-one knew about it, it was a complete and total failure”

Paula Scher – Gets Serious
“Serious design… often happens spontaneously, intuitively, accidentally or incidentally, it can be achieved out of innocence or arrogance or selfishness sometimes out of carelessness. But mostly .. out of those parts of human behaviour that don’t really make any sense”

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