Creativity for the Rest of Us

Faves

Teachers, inspirers, mentors, and co-conspirators of good mischief

Angeles Arrien
www.angelesarrien.com

Peter Block
www.peterblock.com

Julia Cameron
www.theartistsway.com

Seth Godin
www.sethgodin.com

John O’Donohue
www.johnodonohue.com

Daniel Pink
www.danpink.com

Mark Nepo

www.marknepo.com

TED Talks

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. All of the talks are available free online and can be highly addictive once you get going. Here are some of my faves:

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniusesand shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened – and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Brene Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it – and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion.html

Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism – and, of course, passion – in this talk.
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/isabel_allende_tells_tales_of_passion.html

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – aOur lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. nd warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html

Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life’s simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that’s truly awesome.
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/neil_pasricha_the_3_a_s_of_awesome.html

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