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Some Great Short YouTube Videos on Creativity & Innovation!
Posted on February 24, 2011 | Veronica Adams

YouTube logo For a break away from talking about creativity, I'm passing along the links below to some wonderful videos on the subject.  They're all just 1-2 minutes (time noted in parentheses).  They've been grouped into what I see as a natural progression:

The problem with limited, fixed thinking; a look at what inspired creativity and innovation can cause in our world; some delightful applied examples; and a few interesting tips for cultivating your creative thinking, a couple of which I'd not heard before.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.  As always, please share: with me, with others following this blog, and with friends!  Cheers! 

The Problem

  • The Creativity Company – Create your own box  (:57)


  • OCAD – What Can Creativity Do (2:53)

  • Think different (1:07)

Some examples:

  • Think Outside The Box (1:02)
  • Think Outside the Box – (1:29)

A few suggestions:

  • How To Stimulate the Creative Process (1:46)

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Reader Comments

Wow! Great stuff, Rob! Thanks!

Posted by Veronica F. Adams on 2011-03-06 15:45:54

Is anyone familiar with TED? This organization (and their site) is worth checking out. Their About page is here: There are some excellent videos about creativity that are themselves delivered by very creative people. Searching for "creativity" produces a long list. Here are a few that will hook you. Charles Limb: Your brain on improv: Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation -- so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds. Tim Brown on 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). Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity: Elizabeth Gilbert 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. Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves: Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller. And to Veronica's point above young children, check out this TED talk. You'll be amazed, and more than a little envious. Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids: Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Posted by Rob Robles on 2011-03-06 15:10:42

Good point, Joyce, about metaphor (also farce and parody) as being directly related to divergent thinking and seeing connections. The video of the escalator break down is a wonderful example of farce, while it also illustrates the problem of limited thinking. Now whether people can be taught to pick up on humorous metaphor and appreciate it, I don't know. Again, I think we're all born with considerable creative imagination and naturally see correlations everywhere. (That head-start study I cited in an earlier post found that 98% of 3-5 year-olds tested in the genius range for divergent thinking.) I believe that the more we rekindle our innate curiosity and creativity, our abilities to delight more in absurd abstractions return, as well. But then, more in line with your point, it is also said that we are born with differences in senses of humor. And, I don't know to what extent some people are born with greater abilities to think creatively and see connections or not. I look forward to learning more about that! Cheers!

Posted by Veronica F. Adams on 2011-02-25 10:43:23

Cute videos. The comments on them are a message in themselves about the many ways people think. A lot of people don't understand metaphor or sarcasm and I understand that sometimes they can't be taught, because it's a part of the brain that doesn't work for some people. I suppose that affects creativity, too.

Posted by JoyceD on 2011-02-25 09:55:26

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