TED Talks are an incredibly valuable source of free information and inspiration for many creatives. In fact, they touch several topics that vary from the practical to the theoretical side of things.

Hosts are usually very engaging, and there’s always something to learn from these talks!

What is a TED talk?

A TED talk is a recorded public-speaking presentation that was originally given at the main TED (technology, entertainment and design) annual event or one of its many independent events around the world.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks, often called “TED talks.”

TED talks are made available on the internet for free, so that everyone can benefit from such creative ideas!

They are a perfect alternative to music while walking, cleaning your apartment, sketching a new idea or other mindful tasks. They’re usually not that long, so you can even listen to a quick one during your lunch break or on the bus on your way home!

Searching for them on Youtube might feel overwhelming since there are lots of them, but no worries; I watched a bunch of them and selected 3 of the ones I think will be the most beneficial for creatives and artists!

“A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity” – Tim Harford

This is one of my favourite ones!

Taking Albert Einstein as an example, Tim Harford disrupts a bit the myth of “multitasking is bad”. Or better, multitasking in a rush keeping Facebook opened while studying sure isn’t the best solution, but Tim has a better approach: “slow-motion multitask“.

Many artists and scientists do this already without even realising! They actively work on multiple projects, moving between them depending on the mood or the situation.

“Seems that the secret of creativity is multitasking – in slow motion.”

Also, Tim provides us with 3 reasons why this approach is highly beneficial for the individual’s creativity, filling his explanations with very interesting and inspiring examples.

I really recommend to listen to this since it was extremely inspiring to me!

About the host

Tim Harford is an English economist, broadcaster and journalist who currently lives in Oxford. He is the author of four economics books and writes his long-running Financial Times column, “The Undercover Economist”, syndicated in Slate magazine, which explores the economic ideas behind everyday experiences.

“4 lessons in creativity” – Julie Burstein

Using the Raku technique as a metaphor, Julie Burstein starts her talk by deeply analysing the process of creativity.

“Creativity grows out from everyday experiences, more often than you might think.”

She then shares and explains in detail four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss, pointing out also how important creativity is in all professional careers – not just art forms!

Since the talk is pretty self explanatory, and the host is really pleasant to follow, I invite you to take 17 minutes of your time today to enjoy it!

About the host

Julie Burstein is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer, TED speaker, and best-selling author of the first Studio 360 book, Spark: How Creativity Works.

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“3 tools to become more creative” – Balder Onarheim

“Growing up makes us less creative. Therefore we have to re-learn creativity, and luckily there are multiple ways to do so,” says Balder Onarheim, PhD.

In everyday language, ‘creativity’ is often used in relation to artistic creation. But amongst scholarly researchers it is acknowledged that creativity is one of the most crucial human traits!

“Creativity is not just about art – it is one of the most crucial human traits. It lies at the heart of innovation, thus it is not a superficial skill but a necessity for human survival.”

About the host

Balder is PhD and creativity researcher at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the founder of the Copenhagen Institute of NeuroCreativity – an institute devoted to understand and disseminate knowledge about the neurological underpinnings of creativity.

Now we want to hear from you! Do you usually watch or listen to TED Talks? Which topics do you usually look for?

Leave a comment dropping your suggestions to inspire and get inspired by each other!

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