Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius
All you creatives out there will be fist-pumping in time with the words. "We've completely internalised and accepted collectively this notion that creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked, and that artistry in the end will always ultimately lead to anguish — are you guys all cool with that idea?" Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the idea of creative genius as a high power in Ancient Greece and Rome. They were separate entities, god-like forces, that looked over their subjects and appeared at the most random times, in the corner of the room, to fuel a frenzy of writing, or painting, or sculpting, at a level of creativity that in this age of post-rational humanism we would call “genius”. Humans have become the vessel and the source of the creative genius. What Elizabeth calls the “fragile human psyche” is compromised by all of this anxiety to create something amazing, unique, genius, all on their own. HOLY SMOKES.
"Passion is rare; curiosity is everyday."
Apollo Robbins – The Art of Misdirection
This guy was the chief advisor for the latest Will Smith / Margot Robbie film ‘Focus’, which is totes awesome by the way. Just when you think you’ve figured it all out… SURPRISE. Watch this. Watch closely.
Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts
I cry every time I watch this one, and I watch it regularly to bask in the glory of Susan Cain’s sweet, sweet words. As Susan Cain says, ‘Historically, society has favoured extroverts’, and our biggest social spaces – school and workplaces – are designed to provide high stimulation and group activity for extroverted personalities. And yet, one-third to one-half of people are introverts. I always have trouble establishing myself as one or the other, but as Susan says (quoting Carl Jung):
‘There is no such thing as pure introvert or pure extrovert. Such a man would be in a mental asylum, if he existed at all.’
Debbie Sterling – Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers
Yes, okay, wow. Debbie Sterling, a female engineer in a sea of males, was sick and tired of seeing the girls’ aisle in the toy shops as a pink explosion, full of dolls and makeup and dress-ups. While boys got to play with the ‘fun stuff’ like Lego. So, she set out to create Goldieblox – a hands-on engineering game for young girls, to say a BIG FAT NO to gender stereotyping. Heck yes.
"Women have high skills in empathy, they tend to design things with people in mind; things that people need, because they understand human emotions. … by teaching spatial skills to girls, we will inspire the next generation of female engineers—of women who will design a more empathetic and compassionate world."
Haas&Hahn - How Painting Can Change Communities
Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. I would say 'Man, I wish I could paint', but the truth is WE CAN ALL DO IT. They started in the poorest parts of Rio de Janeiro, and held BBQs every week in the neighbourhood to get to know the community and involve them in the art project. Then they were approached to do a mural in the most crime-centric suburb in Philadelphia, and the rest is history. This talk is funny and inspiring and their accents are awesome. What's not to love?
"If your ideas are ridiculously big, it's easier to get people to go along with it..."