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Creativity isn’t magic – how innovations really happen

The act of creation is surrounded by a fog of myths – myths that creativity comes by an inspiration, that original creations break the mold, that they’re the products of geniuses, and appear as quickly as electricity can heat a filament. But, creativity isn’t magic. It happens by applying ordinary tools of thought to existing materials.

That’s how this video on creativity and innovations begins. It goes on to explain that creativity involves three basic elements: copying, transforming, and combining. Check it out.

John Cleese on Fostering Creativity in a Frenetic World

In this video clip, John Cleese explains why the unconscious is important in the creative process and how to facilitate creativity by establishing space/time boundaries in your life.

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(HT someone on Facebook, but I can’t remember who)

Where do good ideas come from?

This is a very interesting video on the nature of creativity and the most conducive “environments” for producing good ideas. The video is really a summary of Steven Johnson’s upcoming Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, in which he explains how many of the best ideas ideas really start as “hunches” that need to incubate for long periods of time, and really don’t reach their full potential until they come into contact with other people’s hunches. And, that’s why Johnson thinks that the internet has been so influential for developing good ideas. Although the internet can be a distract influence, it has also provide a critical environment for exchanging, borrowing, and engaging other people’s hunches so that ours might reach full fruition.

Besides that, it’s just a very well-done video that’s worth a few minutes of your time. Check it out.

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