5 TED Talks to Unlock Your Creative Genius!

Posted on 10th August 2017 in The Forecast

Written by James Marren

At FUTRLI we want our software to help you with the hard yards of staying on top of your financials so that you have more head space and time for the creative aspects of running your business that you love. However, even with more time available, we can sometimes get an annoying creative block that’s hard to shift. That’s why we’ve compiled this blog of 5 awesome TED talks that will help ignite that creative spark inside you! Grab a coffee and feel free to indulge in some guilt free viewing!

1. David Kelley – How to build your creative confidence

David Kelley is the founder of Ideo, a design company that created numerous digital icons, including the first ever computer mouse. On top of creating for himself, he is also incredibly driven to unlock other people’s creative potential. He was most recently the driving force behind the opening of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, where students from business, engineering, medicine etc. come together to develop their ability and collaborate to creatively solve complex problems.

In this talk, he asks if the people in your scholastic or work life are divided into “creatives” vs practical people? He then argues that, surely, creativity should not be reserved for just a select few. Using personal anecdotes from his own extraordinary life he provides a way for you to start building the confidence you need to create.

2. Adam Grant – The surprising habits of original thinkers

Wharton professor Adam Grant disrupted conventional motivational thinking with the idea that giving unselfishly to your colleagues and clients can lead to your own success. His research has changed the way people think and changed the way business leaders, in particular, view their team. His latest book, titled Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the Worldlooks at how original thinkers are the ones that challenge the status quo.

In this talk, he poses and goes some way to answering the question of how creative people come up with their ideas. He teaches you about three habits of original thinkers which include embracing failure. He explains the most successful thinkers are the ones who are trying the most and are unafraid to fail. After all, as Grant says, “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”

3. Shimpei Takahashi – Play this word game to come up with original ideas

Shimpei Takahashi has created numerous toys for toy manufacturing giant Bandai. He’s won the “Trendy Toy” Award from the Japan Toy Association for his game derived from the love of popping bubble wrap. He’s created board games and worked in the digital space having designed the social gaming app, Onedari Wanko (Fawning Puppy).

In this talk, Takahashi explains how realising his dream of becoming a toy developer put so much pressure upon him that it squashed his creativity, but that he managed to gets his ideas flowing again with the help of a simple word game anyone can use.

4. Kirby Ferguson – Embrace the remix

Kirby Ferguson explains that a remix is any art work that references another work, be it a borrowed lyric or visual homage. By this measure, it makes virtually every contemporary work a remix. He argues strongly that this is a creative process that is vital to the perpetuation of the culture and calls for more protection to those with good intentions who are more overt than others when remixing. He believes that nothing is truly original and that all of our most celebrated creators have borrowed and remixed to bring their creations into being.

5. Steven Johnson – The playful wonderland behind great inventions

Steven Johnson was selected by Prospect magazine as one of the top ten brains of the digital future and is the author of bestselling Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. He is a pioneer of the modern interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to innovation, with The Wall Street Journal calling him “one of the most persuasive advocates for the role of collaboration in innovation.”

In this talk, he shows us that the old proverb of necessity being the mother of invention is not always true and that play can have even more of an impact. After he takes you on an illustrated journey through the history of invention, you’ll see that wherever the most fun is being had is where the most important creators and innovators are to be found.


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