7 Awesome TED Talks to Spark Your Creativity

One of the most important ingredients of being successful is being creative. Creativity doesn't come alone, you need a lot of experience and a bright mind, to come up with something extraordinary and mind-blowing.

When thinking about being a good writer, you should strive to be a creative one. The story isn’t interesting if it is similar to the thousands of other previously written. Watch this selection of TED talks and find your own way to creativity.

4 Lessons in Creativity

Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living – and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt, and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.

Janet Echelman: 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.

Tim Brown: Tales of Creativity and Play

Tim Brown is the CEO of innovation and design firm IDEO, taking an approach to design that digs deeper than the surface. In this 25 minute talk Tim Brown reveals the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play – with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn’t).

Philippe Starck: Design and Destiny

Philippe Starck designs deluxe objects and posh condos and hotels around the world. In this talk, Philippe Starck – with no pretty slides to show – spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question “Why design?” Listen carefully for one perfect mantra for all of us, genius or not.

Rob Legato: The Art of Creating Awe

Legato, who has worked on Apollo 13, Titanic (for which he won an Academy Award) and more recently Hugo, discovered early on that: “Once you believe something is real, you transfer everything that you feel about it. It’s totally artificial, it’s totally make-believe, yet it’s not to you.”
Watch and enjoy his informative presentation.

J.J. Abrams: The Mystery Box

Writer, director, and producer J.J. Abrams makes smart, addictive dramas like TV’s Lost, and films like Cloverfield and the new Star Trek.
This time J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery – a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Lost, Star Trek and the upcoming Star Wars VII – back to its magical beginnings.

Lawrence Lessig: Laws that Choke Creativity

Lawrence Lessig is described as the one who has already transformed intellectual-property law with his Creative Commons innovation. Now he’s focused on an even bigger problem: The US’ broken political system.
Lawrence Lessig, the Net’s most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights and the “ASCAP cartel” in his argument for reviving our creative culture.

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