Creativity. The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans: Daniel Amen at TEDxOrangeCoast. How Do We Identify Good Ideas? I’ve always been fascinated by the failures of genius.
Consider Bob Dylan. How did the same songwriter who produced Blood on the Tracks and Blonde on Blonde also conclude that Down in the Groove was worthy of release? Or what about Steve Jobs: What did he possibly see in the hockey puck mouse? How could Bono not realize that Spiderman was a disaster? And why have so many of my favorite novelists produced so many middling works? The inconsistency of genius is a consistent theme of creativity: Even those blessed with ridiculous talent still produce works of startling mediocrity. Nietzsche stressed this point. Tina Seelig: The 6 Characteristics of Truly Creative People. About this presentation Determined not to just write just another book on creativity, Stanford professor Tina Seelig painstakingly researched what makes good ideas spring forward. The result is her “innovation engine,” a special mix of six characteristics like attitude, resources and environment.
But the special concoction of forces that makes our ideas come to life is nothing with out the willingness to fail. “Most call it failure, but we scientists just call it data,” she says. The most creative organizations and people embrace experimentation to get the needed data to determine they’re on to something. “Workers are puzzle builders, they get stuck when missing a piece,” she says.
About Tina Seelig Tina Seelig is the executive director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the director of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. Links. Tony Fadell: On Setting Constraints, Ignoring Experts & Embracing Self-Doubt. From the iPod and the iPhone to the Nest Learning Thermostat, Tony Fadell’s incredible creations have disrupted industries, introduced beautifully designed solutions, and changed the way we live.
Which is why we selected him as the inaugural winner of the ALVA Award, a new prize presented by Behance in partnership with GE to recognize remarkable serial inventors. As Behance CEO Scott Belsky interviews him with questions sourced from the creative community, Tony shares insights on everything from his own creative process, to best practices for prototyping, to how to keep your team motivated and passionate for the long haul. Tony Fadell is the founder and CEO of Nest Labs, Inc., the company that developed the Nest Learning Thermostat.
Tony Schwartz: The Myths of the Overworked Creative. Time is finite, but we act as if it were otherwise, assuming that longer hours always lead to increased productivity.
But in reality our bodies are designed to pulse and pause – to expend energy and then renew it. In this revelatory talk, energy expert Tony Schwartz debunks common productivity myths and shows us how to regain control over our energy so we can produce great work. Tony Schwartz is founder and CEO of The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus, and productivity by drawing on the science of high performance. Tony has written four bestselling books, including The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, published in 2010, and The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr.Tony has also published widely about leadership, engagement, and culture change. Jonathan Perelman: Content Is King, But Distribution Is Queen. About this presentation Getting your voice heard online often feels like trying to talk in a crowded room.
Keith Yamashita: The 3 Habits of Great Creative Teams. When the your team is faced with adversity does it stand strong and act boldly or does it crumble under pressure?
Based on his work with over 1000 teams, Keith Yamashita shares his insights about great collaborative environments including: have an awareness beyond your day-to-day, respect the unique talents of your team members, and actively cultivate meaningful one-on-one relationships. For the past two decades, Keith Yamashita has worked alongside CEOs and their leadership teams to define — and then attain — greatness for their institutions. He has worked with leaders at Apple, IBM, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, eBay, Nike, and Gap, among others.Keith founded SYPartners — a firm steeped in the belief that transformation of individuals, teams, and institutions requires equal parts empathy, aspiration, and a bravery to act. SYPartnersUnstuckFast Company profile@keithyamashita. Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain. Gary Vaynerchuk: Stop Storytelling Like It’s 2007. About this presentation In a world with Vine, Snapchat, and Twitter, how can creatives capture attention to make their voices heard?
In this 99U talk, best-selling author and founder of VaynerMedia, Gary Vaynerchuk breaks down how our work can cut through our current “A.D.D. Culture” — one where we binge-watch entire television seasons in one sitting and prefer texting to phone calls. “We’ve gotten to a point where everything is on our time,” says Vaynerchuk, “So why is everyone storytelling like it’s 2007 in a 2014 world?” The best digital storytellers, he says, use the social media to “hook” audiences in for the deeper stuff. Please note: This talk contains adult language. About Gary Vaynerchuk Already considered a quintessential maven of modern-day marketing, Gary Vaynerchuk is the founder of VaynerMedia and is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author as well as a self-trained wine and social media expert.
Gary’s ultimate goal is to own the New York Jets. Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain. Owaves.