7 Must-Watch TED Talks for Creatives

Get inspired with our picks for creativity-inspired TED talks that will open your mind!

Mar 19, 2018 by Anne Bradley

Sit back, relax, and prepare to be inspired by some of our favorite TED talks that will hit home with your creative side. It's no secret that we're big fans of storytelling over here at The Center, and TED talks provide a special platform for the best storytellers in the world to share their remarkable life experiences.


YOUR ELUSIVE CREATIVE GENIUS | ELIZABETH GILBERT

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

12 TRUTHS I LEARNED FROM LIFE AND WRITING | ANNE LAMOTT

A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.

4 LESSONS IN CREATIVITY | JULIE BURSTEIN

Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living -- and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.


HOW PAINTING CAN TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES | HAAS & HAHN

Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there -- from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach -- and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.

WHERE DOES CREATIVITY HIDE? | BY AMY TAN

Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.

TAKING IMAGINATION SERIOUSLY | JANET ECHELMAN

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing -- which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.

HOW FRUSTRATION CAN MAKE US MORE CREATIVE | TIM HARFORD

Challenges and problems can derail your creative process ... or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess.