Hello and sorry for the long absence. I’ve been very busy of late and haven’t had a lot of a chance to get an article out. However, I’m back again and this time I’m bringing up some inspirational videos and material to get your creativity bubbling. One of the most interesting exhibitions for thought and creativity are the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks. You can see all the talks for the recent expo and past expos on the official website.
In the first video, Elizabeth Gilbert takes an interesting view of creativity, starting with how the ancient Greeks treated creativity as an external force that acted on the individual from outside, usually brought about by the Muses. She then notes that over the years, as the advent of science and then neuroscience made us take a much more materialist view of our universe, this idea died out in favor of biological explanations. However, as she rightly notes, when you feel inspired, it can feel like something beyond yourself has just reached int your soul and given you an idea.
The second video is from Amy Tan who also is looking for where creativity originates from. She talks a bit more about the context of creativity in life. How creativity rises from trauma and the personality traits and characteristics that seem to appear most often in creative types. She then explores where creativity may arise from. It is another really good talk and I suggest listening to it
Since we are on the topic of creativity, there is one other thing I’d like to share with you. There is a great book I’ve found called inGenious: by Tina Seelig. I found this book to be a great guide to approaching problems in different ways and turning challenges into new opportunities. Not only that, I found it to be quite inspirational and anyone could benefit from giving this book a read.