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Creative Process

An Interview With Alanis Morissette: When I Take Care of Myself, There's Always Inspiration

Omega Institute | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Alanis Morissette shares how she remains creative after more than 20 years writing award-winning music.

Failure, A Catalyst for Innovation: Interview with Author Sarah Lewis

Keosha Varela | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Keosha Varela

Author Sarah Lewis speaks with Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel about her new book. Author Sarah Lewis recently spoke at the As...

How Happiness Influences Our Creativity

Posted 12.29.2013 | Healthy Living

The term "tortured artist" is a well known one, and artists with that reputation often pride themselves on producing powerful work from places of pain...

Designing to Creativity

Michael Nobleza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michael Nobleza

It really isn't about whether or not we have the most recent version of a desktop design program, nor is about whether desks and chairs are situated with people facing each other. It's about designing to the creative process, rather than what we're able to extract from that process.

The Mentor: My Three-Day Job Interview With Hunter Thompson

Tara Ellison | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tara Ellison

Hunter led me on a three-day crash course in life and writing that, at times, had me fearing for my life, but ultimately introduced me to the art and mystery of prose.

Crafting Slip: In the Studio With Arlene Shechet

Ruthie Abel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ruthie Abel

Her work is precarious but her practice is steady. A recipient of numerous accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Arts and Letters award, contemporary sculptor Arlene Shechet is constantly on the move.

Creativity: Moving Beyond Your Doubts and Fears

Susan Ann Darley | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Ann Darley

The next time your fears and doubts begin to cast a shadow on your talents and rob you of your joy, look within. Tap into your intrinsic worth as a human being. Recognize the gift of the life force within you that flows and creates through you.

Creativity Is Dead (Long Live Creativity)

Eve Simon | Posted 09.28.2013 | Technology
Eve Simon

When advanced technology leads to a barrage of new design challenges to solve for all at once, the compounding effect can be dizzying. And ironically, even limiting. Is it any wonder that we fear the creative process is about to take it in the teeth?

Escapes to Myself

Write for the Future | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Vivek Kunnath Fresh air! Loud cars! Big people! That man on the corner who sells ice cream! These thoughts rushed through my infantile mind as ...

Dessert-Design -- The Art of Touching All Five Senses!

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts
Soren Petersen

Breakthrough innovation occurs when knowledge and experiences from vastly disparate areas are synthesized into new solutions. Is an increased sensitivity the reason why designers prefer to cave in or to perfect a solution before sharing it? How often has this inhibited designers from contributing to group meeting and brainstorming sessions?


Joan Gelfand | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Joan Gelfand

When faced with a blank sheet of paper, ordinary people cringe. When faced with a writing assignment, normal people would rather go to the dentist.

'The First Sounds Ever Heard on Earth': A Conversation With Soundscape Artist Bernie Krause

Laura Cococcia | Posted 09.03.2013 | Arts
Laura Cococcia

In June, Bernie and I had a wide-ranging conversation regarding our mutual interests in education, technology, and the artistic process. Specifically, we discussed his evolution as an avant-garde artist, as well as the human evolution as both listeners and music makers.

Word Love

Roberta Gately | Posted 08.11.2013 | Good News
Roberta Gately

Standing there silently, my reverence for the capacity of a single word to change everything grew exponentially, and that respect for words continues to this day.

What's in a Name?

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 08.03.2013 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but would it sell as well? That's a fundamental question which consumes countless hours and dollars as ...

Notes From the Creative Underground

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Declaring to myself that I would keep no calendar, unplug from my laptop and all obligations, I set forth to discover what the morning would bring and follow the call of my heart.

Lights Go On Part III: "How Do You Be Creative? Be A Good Host."

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.02.2013 | New York
Thomas Bähler

One particular evening, my awareness of the pleasure and power of music took a giant step. On this night, I was eager and proud that I was far enough along to read music right along with Dad.

Letter to a Young Artist

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Peter Clothier

I love their willingness to play endlessly with their own visual ideas. I love their dialogues and their internal quarrels, their restless argument, their liveliness. In short, I love their humanity.

Cultivating Self-Affection During Tricky Times

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Spring, in all her glory, dares the frosty air. Do we? Do we dare to shake off the wintry cold that hardens hearts and dampens dreams? Do we dare to bloom today, to become that which is best in our hearts, and that which most inspires our spirit? Do we dare?

LOOK: 7 Ways Photography Can Improve Your Health

Danielle Hark | Posted 05.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Danielle Hark

By picking up a camera and using any or all of these simple tools and techniques, you are not only being present and creative, but you are actually practicing mindfulness, which reduces stress and helps leave you balanced and ready to take on the rest of your day.

Creative Living, Enriched Loving

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

If you find yourself flat-lining today, anxious, or recently lacking joy in how you are investing time and energy, it is possible to shift. Why wait? If we do not enjoy the moment to the degree we wish, let us consult our desire and re-imagine.

The World's Most Powerful Creative Act: Begin Again!

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Remember that we cannot begin again until some other chapter has closed. For the daffodil, the winter is on the wane. The end of one season brings the onset of the next new life.

The Reinvention of Work: Projects Not Positions

Russell C. Smith | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Russell C. Smith

Over the last 20 years work has been reinvented, restructured, and rebooted. The top-tier and bottom level of what working means has been redefined by corporations, visionaries, technologies and individuals.

A Surprising Way To Release Your Creativity

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

In silence, our world opens to this goldenness, what is life giving and true. A silent retreat is free time where simple being and inner stillness conspire to light up our minds with the light of our soul.

Incubating Winter's Dreams for Creative Restoration

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Do not be tempted to fall into another "winter of discontent." What you seed with your thoughts will show itself in your life this coming year. Take care to plant well, to allow what you plant in your mind to germinate creatively, beautifully.

Imagining Music in Physical Form

Richard Olcott | Posted 12.20.2012 | TED Weekends
Richard Olcott

In the design of a recent concert hall, I found myself asking "what does music look like?"