I love creating things, whether I'm developing a TED talk, hosting a conversation series for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, giving a talk about creativity, throwing a tea cup, creating a Peabody Award-winning radio show, 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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Appearances

My Spark Talks continue this season at The Met on December 1 and 2, with Seth Godin 12/1, Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton 12/2 and much more information here.

 

Four lessons in Creativity at TED:

Loved leading a workshop on uncertainty and giving a keynote on creativity at Days of Communication Croatia in May.  Wonderful participants, fascinating stories, and a beautiful setting in Rovinj.  

Thrilled with the recent Spark Talk at The Met 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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Sunday
Oct122014

Ideas that Spread; Dressed to Kill

I'm thrilled to announce this fall's Spark Talks at The Met, on December 1 and 2!  More information about the talks and how to get tickets here.

On Monday, December 1, we'll explore ideas that spread -- from the 16th century to today.  This is connected with a new special exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of tapestries, books, and paintings by the Renaissance master Pieter Coecke van Aelst, whose art was sought after by the most discerning rulers in 16th-century Europe, from Henry VIII to the Hapsburgs and Medicis. As his ideas spread, the artist changed and shaped his world.  That's a photo of his beautiful Eve from his series of tapestries about Creation.

In this SPARK conversation, Met curator Elizabeth Cleland will talk with me about this Renaissance entrepreneur.  And we'll be joined by best-selling author Seth Godin, whose books and talks have inspired millions (including me!) and who is an expert on how to spread ideas in the 21st century. 

The next evening, I am excited to be talking about arms, armor, and art with Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton, who will give us a behind-the -scenes look at how she creates the intricate armor for the Lannisters and Starks; artist Miya Ando, who will tell us about the influence of her sword-making ancestors on her 21st-century stainless steel kimono; and Met curator Pierre Terjanian who will offer an intimate glimpse into the Museum’s popular Arms and Armor galleries. 

I hope you can join us!  

 

Friday
Jul252014

Sound, Space, and Awe

Last month, I had the pleasure of talking about music, architecture, and awe with the architect Steven Holl, neuroscientist Robert Zatorre, and musician and theologian Peter Bouteneff.   Our inspiration was the music of Arvo Part.  It's just been announced that Arvo Part and Steven Holl are both being awarded the Praemium Imperiale!  

You can listen to our conversation, in which neuroscientist Robert Zatorre explains how music can engage the reward system deep in our brains—the same system that responds to food and sex; Steven Holl describes making spaces for music, and shows how music influences his work; and Peter Bouteneff talks about the thread of spirituality that weaves throughout Pärt’s masterpieces.

 

Wednesday
Jul232014

Bill T. Jones - national treasure

It was just announced that Bill T. Jones will receive a National Medal of Arts on July 28.  He is a national treasure, his art, his honesty, and his powerful presence have had a profound influence on this country.

Last summer, I had the extraordinary pleasure to work with Bill as he prepared to speak at TEDxMet.  I loved our wide-ranging conversations, and he crafted a moving talk to open the day.  I'm thrilled to share it here.

Thursday
Mar132014

4Chambers

 

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!

Friday
Aug022013

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.