Inspiring minds: on creativity, original thinking and work life

inspiring minds

Sharing some inspiring TED talks to get you thinking in different ways… enjoy!!

Your elusive creative genius
Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk…

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…

The surprising habits of original thinkers
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organisational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”

Work Life
We spend a quarter of our lives at work, but too little time thinking about how to make it better. Introducing WorkLife with Adam Grant, an original podcast from TED. Organisational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside unconventional workplaces to explore the ideas we can all use to make work more meaningful and creative:

  1. How to love criticism: What if you could tell your co-workers what you really think of them? At the world’s most successful hedge fund, everyone is rated and ranked constantly, in front of everyone. They’ve figured out how to embrace negative feedback, and they swear it’s essential to their success. Adam Grant shows how you can learn to take criticism well, and get better at dishing it out.
  2. The Daily Show’s secret to creativity: Group brainstorming is usually where creativity goes to die. But at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, they have it down to a science. Adam Grant takes us behind the scenes in the writers’ room to show how creative collaboration really works, and reveals what inspires people to share their best, and worst ideas.
  3. Your hidden personality: Are you an introvert … or an extrovert? You might not know yourself as well as you think. Adam Grant talks with “Quiet” author Susan Cain and visits a workplace where personality training starts even before job training, to help you discover what your traits really are, and how you can stretch beyond them.


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