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The creative spark

What makes us create and innovate? Here, wildly creative thinkers share ideas and insights into what kindles genius.

  1. 9:26
    Janet Echelman 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.

  2. 27:58
    Tim Brown Tales of creativity and play

    At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play — with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).

  3. 22:52
    Amy Tan Where does creativity hide?

    Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.

  4. 15:25
    Adam Grant The surprising habits of original thinkers

    How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational 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."

  5. 19:24
    Ken Robinson Do schools kill creativity?

    Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

  6. 14:16
    Isaac Mizrahi Fashion and creativity

    Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations — from '50s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a woman on the street who makes him shout "Stop the cab!" Inside this rambling talk are real clues to living a happy, creative life.

  7. 17:20
    Julie Burstein 4 lessons in creativity

    Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living — and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.