TED is a foundation devoted to spreading ideas through recorded talks that are 18 minutes or less. The talks are inspirational and powerful, and cover a large range of topics from science to entertainment to creativity.
I watch TED Talks all the time (sometimes to re-watch those I’ve seen before) mostly because I want an inspiration-boost. TED Talks are empowering as well, so much that I return to my own creativity and writing with more energy.
Inspiration is something I think all of us creatives need from time to time. That’s why I’ve gathered together 7 of my favorite TED Talks on creativity and writing.
Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts
In this TED Talk Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, talks about introverts and how they — in today’s world where we’re all supposed to be social and outgoing — can bring extraordinary talent to the world.
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
In this TED Talk, creativity expert Ken Robinson talks about how creativity is undermined in schools.
Julie Burstein: 4 Lessons in Creativity
In this TED Talk Julie Burstein, radio host and author of Spark: How Creativity Works, talks about creativity in challenging and dark times.
Amy Tan: Where Does Creativity Hide?
In this TED Talk Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, talks about her creative process.
Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating
In this TED Talk Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and the new Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, talks about the drive to keep creating even through the fear of failure after a success.
Andrew Stanton: The Clues to a Great Story
In this TED Talk Andrew Stanton, filmmaker of ”Toy Story” (among others), talks about storytelling. (Note: this talk contains graphic language.)
Watch them, they are great.
Do you watch TED Talks, and if so, do you have any favorites you would like to share?