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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By June 17, 2010 Read More →

Is play subversive?

In this brief documentary, renowned jazz guitarist and composer Joshua Breakstone discusses the importance of play in the creative process. Breakstone also notes how play itself may actually subvert the predominant values of our consumer culture.

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Don’t just sit there. Create something.
By June 10, 2010 Read More →

Don’t just sit there. Create something.

The story goes like this: The great Henri Matisse was teaching painting to a group of students in Paris. He asked the class: “who here wants to become a great painter”? All of the students raised their hands enthusiastically. “Then what are you doing here?,” the Master responded. “Go home and paint.” The point here is […]

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Is copying the key to creativity?
By May 26, 2010 Read More →

Is copying the key to creativity?

In this thought-provoking talk recently presented at TED, media critic Johanna Blakely discusses how the lack of copyright protection in the fashion industry leads to an unprecedented amount of creativity. She even shows that industries with little or no copyright protection actually enjoy far greater revenues than those with such protections. Which begs the question […]

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Creativity and Discomfort
By May 24, 2010 Read More →

Creativity and Discomfort

Appearing Last week on Charlie Rose, Nathan Myhrvold, former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft and current CEO of Intellectual Ventures, discussed, among other topics, the process of creativity and invention. “You have to be comfortable being confused and not knowing what you’re doing,” Myhrvold explained. He helped illustrate the point by bringing up the great […]

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Creativity by Accident
By May 13, 2010 Read More →

Creativity by Accident

Creativity is often about recognizing the value of accidents. Silly Putty, for example, was the accidental result of the search for a synthetic rubber during World War II.  Saccharin came about in 1879 as chemist Constantin Fahlberg was trying to come up with a new use for coal-tar. I recently experienced the value of unintended consequences […]

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Creativity and Decision-Making
By April 21, 2010 Read More →

Creativity and Decision-Making

In this brief webcam documentary, composer Chris McHale discusses the role of decision-making in the creative process.

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