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.


Julie Burstein is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer, best-selling author, and public speaker who has spent her working life in conversation with highly creative people – interviewing, probing, guiding, and creating public radio programs about them and their work.  In Spark: How Creativity Works, she maps out some of the coordinates and dimensions of creativity.  No one can exactly explain creativity, but Julie offers a tour through some of its essential byways; shining a beam onto its mysterious workings in a way that is illuminating and can help us find more of that dimension within ourselves, and put it to good use. 

The TED conference asked Julie to speak at TED2012, and she often gives talks about creativity and innovation at museums, corporations, and universities.  She is sought after as a panel moderator for venues such as the American Museum of Natural History, WNYC, Wesleyan University, NYC Wildflower Week, and the Brooklyn Book Festival and World Science Festival. 

In 2000, Julie created Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen for Public Radio International, public radio’s premiere program about creativity, entertainment and the arts.  She led the Studio 360 creative team at WNYC for many years.  Julie is also known for her engaging on-air presence as a frequent guest host on The Leonard Lopate Show, she has created radio series for Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic, and her many stories about arts and culture have appeared on public radio, from the secret to making Easter Peeps and Bunnies and the art of pumpkin carving for NPR, to reports about design, music, dance, theater, and visual arts for Studio 360 and Marketplace. 

Julie is the host of pursuitofspark.com, conversations about creative approaches to the challenges, possibilities, and pleasures of everyday life and work. 

When Julie is not writing or making radio, or spending time with her family, she can usually be found in the pottery studio.