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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The Limits of Creativity
By July 14, 2010 Read More →

The Limits of Creativity

Creativity is often thought as a process of opening up, of abandoning limits and doing away with rules. At a certain stage of the creative process, this is true. Nonetheless, creativity is also about establishing rules and limits.  This is best demonstrated in the work of photographers, who block out the vast majority what’s before […]

The Creativity Crisis
By July 10, 2010 Read More →

The Creativity Crisis

For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it. Reprinted from Newsweek.com Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly designed […]

Is the Web killing Creativity?
By July 7, 2010 Read More →

Is the Web killing Creativity?

In his provocative new book, The Shallows, Nicholas Carr argues that the internet is changing the way we think. Citing numerous scientific studies, Carr asserts that spending extended periods of time on the internet, with its perpetual interruptions and distractions, decreases our ability to concentrate, lessens our reading comprehension and makes it harder for us to […]

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Simplicity and Success
By July 7, 2010 Read More →

Simplicity and Success

When a creative product is really successful, be it a painting, a musical composition or a new communications technology, it always appears to be so simple as to be inevitable, as to be obvious. Simplicity is the key to creative success. Then why don’t we see it more often? For one, it requires a tremendous […]

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By July 4, 2010 Read More →

Are you smarter than an ape?

I’ve got to admit, I didn’t see the solution. Granted:  I wasn’t aware of what the chimp had in his cage. And according to the narrator, 10 minutes did pass before the ape figured it out.  (I only gave myself about 5 seconds.) But I did feel a little silly, and humbled, when the answer […]

Creativity requires Sitzfleisch
By June 21, 2010 Read More →

Creativity requires Sitzfleisch

In a recent appearance on Tavis Smiley, legendary songwriter Diane Warren discussed her work method. She arrives at her office at 8:30 every morning, sits down at the piano and begins to write. If things start to flow, she stays put at the piano.  Likewise, If she’s blocked, she stays put at the piano. In […]

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