4 Lessons in Creativity, Julie Burstein

Julie Burstein, filmed at TED2012, uses ceramics as a metaphor to discuss the process of creativity, how we can encourage it and how we can stifle it. Like my last post of a lecture by Steven Johnson, Burstein discusses the importance of being open and receptive, willing to be challenged and inspired, in the emergence of creativity. Our approach to adversity, to loss and rejection, is as important, as we have to explore what we can’t do to find our own voice. “Creativity also grows from the broken places”

I want to leave you with another image of a Japanese tea bowl. This one is at the Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C. It’s more than a hundred years old and you can still see the fingermarks where the potter pinched it. But as you can also see, this one did break at some point in its hundred years. But the person who put it back together, instead of hiding the cracks, decided to emphasize them, using gold lacquer to repair it. This bowl is more beautiful now, having been broken, than it was when it was first made, and we can look at those cracks, because they tell the story that we all live, of the cycle of creation and destruction, of control and letting go, of picking up the pieces and making something new.”

Quotes copied from the TED transcript (transcribed by Richard Geni).


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