Author Archive: David Intrator

David Intrator is a creative and strategic consultant with over 25 years experience both in the U.S. and abroad. As an award-winning writer and filmmaker, he offers practical, real-world insights into the challenges facing any organization that wishes to be more creative in its thinking and its actions. He is based in New York City and was educated at Harvard University.

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John Cleese on Creativity
By February 1, 2013 Read More →

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.  

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Making Things Makes You Feel Better
By January 6, 2013 Read More →

Making Things Makes You Feel Better

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

Creativity and Tinkering
By December 31, 2012 Read More →

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, […]

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Creativity Without Creating
By December 31, 2012 Read More →

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 […]

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Is your company ready for a drum circle?
By April 26, 2012 Read More →

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, […]

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Does it have to be wacky to be creative?
By January 18, 2012 Read More →

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 […]

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