Elizabeth Gilbert on Life After The Big One

The talks from the TED 2009 conference are finally out! Here is Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the phenomenally popular Eat, Pray, Love, sharing her thoughts on creativity, on how to protect the artist’s psyche while creation happens, and on how to deal when your public is no longer enamored with your work.

Personally, I’d add a bit that includes in one’s perception of success a few factors that do not rely upon the popular vote. But that’s just …

Storytelling Sustains the Nollywood Film Industry

Franco Sacchi tells the story of how, against all odds, Nigeria created the world’s 3rd largest film industry. Producing 40 to 50 independent films per week, Nollywood exists largely without foreign investment nor government aid. Many films are made within a matter of days for less than $10,000 and are the filmmakers’ primary means of supporting themselves and their families.

Filmmakers produce “stories about our people from our people” carrying on a tradition that is as old as communication itself. As Sacchi says, “The …

Children Are Brilliant. Weren’t You?

Creativity Expert Sir Ken Robinson explains how we grow out of creativity via our global educational mores rather than into it. As Sir Ken says, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” Another fascinating and entertaining talk brought to you by TED, my new best friend.

And while you’re at it, you may want to give his books a read: Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

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