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14 Amazing Videos on Creativity and Innovation

December 11th, 2010 · No Comments · Ideas

Alex Tabarrok on How Ideas Trump Crises

“On the cutting edge today it’s new ideas which are driving growth. And by that I mean it’s products for which the research and development costs are really high, and the manufacturing costs are low. More than ever before it is these types of ideas which are driving growth on the cutting edge.”

Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From

“The English coffeehouse was crucial to the development and spread of one of the great intellectual flowerings of the last 500 years, what we now call the Enlightenment.”

Matt Ridley: When Ideas Have Sex

“How human beings bring together their brains and enable their ideas to combine and recombine, to meet and, indeed, to mate.”

Tim Brown on Creativity and Play

“You can be a serious professional adult, and, at times, be playful. It’s not an either/or, it’s an and. You can be serious and play. So to kind of sum it up, we need trust to play, and we need trust to be creative, so there’s a connection. And there are a series of behaviors that we’ve learnt as kids, and that turn out to be quite useful to us as designers. They include exploration, which is about going for quantity. Building and thinking with their hands. And role play, where acting it out helps us both have more empathy for the situations in which we’re designing, and to create services and experiences that are seamless and authentic.”

Amy Tan on Creativity

“I get these hints, these clues, and I realize that they’ve been obvious, and yet they have not been. And what I need, in effect, is a focus. And when I have the question, it is a focus. And all these things that seem to be flotsam and jetsam in life actually go through that question, and what happens is those particular things become relevant. And it seems like it’s happening all the time. You think there’s a sort of coincidence going on, a serendipity, in which you’re getting all this help from the universe. And it may also be explained that now you have a focus. And you are noticing it more often.”

Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity

“I’m a mule, and the way that I have to work is that I have to get up at the same time every day, and sweat and labor and barrel through it really awkwardly. But even I, in my mulishness, even I have brushed up against that thing, at times. And I would imagine that a lot of you have too. You know, even I have had work or ideas come through me from a source that I honestly cannot identify. And what is that thing? And how are we to relate to it in a way that will not make us lose our minds, but, in fact, might actually keep us sane?”

Ken Robinson says Schools Kill Creativity

“My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on Flow

“When you are really involved in this completely engaging process of creating something new, as this man does, he doesn’t have enough attention left over to monitor how his body feels, or his problems at home.”

Stefan Sagmeister: The Power of Time Off

“I run a design studio in New York. Every seven years I close it for one year to pursue some little experiments, things that are always difficult to accomplish during the regular working year. In that year we are not available for any of our clients. We are totally closed. And as you can imagine, it is a lovely and very energetic time.”

David Kelley on Human-Centered Design

“Human-centeredness in an approach to design. That really involves designing behaviors and personality into products.”

Chris Anderson: How Web Video Powers Global Innovation

“There’s millions connected. And amazingly, you can still see what the best can do, because the crowd itself shines a light on them, either directly, through comments, ratings, email, Facebook, Twitter, or indirectly, through numbers of views, through links that point Google there. So, it’s easy to find the good stuff, and when you’ve found it, you can watch it in close-up repeatedly and read what hundreds of people have written about it.”

Charles Leadbeater on Innovation

“I think … creativity has been highly collaborative. and it’s probably been largely interactive. … ideas are flowing back up the pipeline. The ideas are coming back from the consumers, and they’re often ahead of the producers.”

Richard Florida On Economic Transformation Through Creativity

“For the first time in history we are no  longer critically dependent on physical resources or physical labor, large factories and simple technology to generate wealth. Those things are all important but they can be done more cheaply in the emerging economies.”

Disruptive Creativity

David Brooks and Paul Romer on the consequences of human potential.

Related posts:

  1. How Web Videos Power Global Innovation – Another Great TED Video
  2. Is Design Capitalism the Future, Where Creativity is Seperated from Production and Consumption?

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