I was shown this lovely website by Sacha which contains a lot of discussions and look into ideas, creativity and interesting points around art, design, science, technology, philosophy and so on.
“Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.”
Here’s a link to the website if you’d like to have a look, http://www.brainpickings.org
Within this website there was a specific page that was brought to my attention which has made me think about the way in which I look at creativity and more specifically, the way I work.
I’m not sure if there is anyone that I know who doesn’t know who John Cleese is but for those who don’t, John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer most well-known for his work within Monty Python. John gives a great lecture upon some of the recipes to creativity at ‘Video Arts’ back in 1991.
Here’s the main points which he outlines as the basis of creativity which he sums up in five points.
Those five things that get you into the right mode.
1. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)
2. Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)
3. Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)
4. Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
5. Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)
It’s interesting to see this very intense but humours way to look at creativity pivoting around these five main points. I really love the way in which he sees people’s thoughts and the world! There’s not so much I can write about his actual lecture as it seems as though it is something that people can interpret in their own way.
Be sure to watch his entire talk though as it does have some great points to look at as well as Cleese being funny and interesting through out.