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John Cleese on Creativity

John Cleese on Creativity

  In this excerpt from his brilliant 1991 lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines 5 factors that you can arrange to make your and your company more creative.  

By February 1, 2013 Read More →
Making Things Makes You Feel Better

Making Things Makes You Feel Better

Making things is the secret to a happier, more fulfilled life.

By January 6, 2013 Read More →
Creativity and Tinkering

Creativity and Tinkering

Sometimes life presents you with fortunate coincidences. Just hours after posting Creativity Without Creating, I came across “The Tinkerers”: How corporations kill creativity” at Salon.com. It’s an excerpt from Alec Foege’s latest book, “The Tinkerers: The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors who Make America Great.” Foege sees tinkering, which to some suggests “individuals who are somehow aimless, […]

By December 31, 2012 Read More →
Creativity Without Creating

Creativity Without Creating

When our shoot broke for lunch, the agency creatives went out to eat with Erin. Erin was our main client, a senior marketing manager at American Express.  Tall, blonde and not at all unattractive, Erin nonetheless projected the hard-edged unhappiness one often finds among executives in the world of corporate communications. None of us cared […]

By December 31, 2012 Read More →
Is your company ready for a drum circle?

Is your company ready for a drum circle?

Back in September of 2011, about a week after its first encampment had been set up at the now legendary Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, I got my first glimpse of Occupy Wall Street. I showed up with a camera on a warm and overcast Tuesday afternoon, wanting to see what exactly was going on, […]

By April 26, 2012 Read More →
Does it have to be wacky to be creative?

Does it have to be wacky to be creative?

A client of mine recently visited our website and told me he was disappointed. Although he was thrilled with what he learned at our Make a Mess™ creativity seminar and workshop, he questioned whether our site was “creative enough.” Maybe he was expecting something louder or more colorful or, let’s say, wackier. I’m not surprised, for […]

By January 18, 2012 Read More →