I love creating things, whether I'm developing a TED talk, hosting a series for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, writing a book, throwing a tea cup, or cooking dinner.  My first book, Spark: How Creativity Works, is published by Harper and is released as an audio book.  And please check out my podcast series, Pursuit of Spark! There you'll find conversations about creative approaches to the possibilities, challenges, and pleasures of everyday life.

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Four lessons in Creativity at TED:


Thrilled to be speaking with curators, playwrights, novelists, and musicians for the first season of Spark Talks at The Met.  The next one is on April 30, exploring the way artists play with time, with wonderful guests -- musician Laurie Anderson; Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me; astrophysicist and art historian SeungJung Kim; and Met curator Melanie Holcomb.   


It was a pleasure to give the keynote at the Clifford Symposium at Middlebury College.

Mitch Joel and I had a conversation at TED about creativity, which you can hear on Mitch's Six Pixels of Separation Podcast.

Big Think asked me to speak about creativity for three short segments.

Webcast of my talk for educators at the Smithsonian.

My thoughts about creative struggle in SGI Quarterly.


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Today's blog -- Four lessons in creativity.

Pursuit of Spark: conversations about creative approaches to the challenges, pleasures and possibilities of everyday life




In Jody Oberfelder's 4Chambers, we're pulled into the power of the heart by dancers who let us feel their heartbeats -- and make us aware of our own.  In my story for Studio 360, dancer Mercedes Searer offers a visceral experience of being in the piece -- and shows us it's possible to dance on the radio!


Sseko Sandals in Paris

The lovely Liz Forkin Bohannon has been chosen as a finalist for Cartier's Women's Initiative Award!  Liz was my first interview for Pursuit of Spark, and her story about creating Sseko Sandals is inspiring.  


talking about money

Negotiating your salary -- especially your first salary -- can be tricky.  This week in Work Mysteries, Dick Nodell offers some wisdom.


Work Mysteries

Dick Nodell is a wise and generous man, and I am delighted to share some of his wisdom in our podcast series Work Mysteries.  This month, we focus on a transition so many people are experiencing right now --  from college to work -- starting with the challenges and opportunities of being an intern.


Four lessons in creativity

It was such a thrill to speak at the TED conference in 2012, and I am delighted that my talk has reached more than a million viewers since TED put it on their website!  Here it is: 


My great thanks to the many people who made this possible at TED, at Studio 360, at WNYC and PRI; to Miriam Katin for her wonderful drawings; to Joy Yagid for photographing my little clay pot, and to the artists whose stories I share in this talk.  Thanks also to Seth Godin for telling me I needed to break something (easier said than done!); my friends and family for listening to me rehearse until they knew the talk by heart; Bob Miller, who gave me the chance to write Spark; to Laureen Rowland for her wise and insigtful guidance; Julia Cheiffetz for her thoughtful editing and inspired title choice; to Louise Cort at the Smithsonian for the beautiful photographs of the Japanese teabowls; to Tom Neugebauer for his raku photographs; and all of you who are brave enough to pursue your creative spark!