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.
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, […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]