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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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 […]
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 […]
In this brief webcam documentary, composer Chris McHale discusses the role of decision-making in the creative process.
When the iPad was announced in January, a chorus of critics cried that it was “just an oversized iPod Touch.” Let’s assume for a moment that they’re right. But this “little change” has serious implications. As David Pogue writes in the Times: “The simple act of making the multitouch screen bigger changes the whole experience. Maps become real […]
You may have caught CNBC’s re-broadcast of “The Smartest Guys in the Room,” the brilliant documentary about Enron’s spectacular rise and fall. It’s easy to view Lay, Skilling, Fastow and the rest as a creative bunch. Again and again they came up with innovative scams to fool Wall Street into thinking the company was profitable […]