4 Ted Talks Built with Creative Blocks

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.


In this talk, artist Phil Hansen tells the unfortunate tale of when he developed a hand tremor that could have kept him from pursuing his dreams, with a surprising amount of humor. After years of feeling limited by his condition, he began embracing it. He started making work entirely made out of squiggles.


At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play -- with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).


How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals -- including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."