3 TED Talks I love about creativity (+ bonus riddles)

I have just binge-watched 12 seasons of the Big Bang Theory, and it dawned on me that I am Leonard Hofstadter and that I have married Penny. Even though I am a relatively good-looking blonde woman married to a brown-haired guy in big squared glasses. The irony isn’t lost on me. This long preamble, which rivals an intro on the Sleep With Me Podcast, is all to say that I am a geek (and, frankly, rather a nerd too). I may look cute dressed as Captain Kirk from Star Trek (because why cosplay your own gender, am I right?), and I’m not a physicist, but the differences end there.

It is true that, like two of the speakers below, I have a traditionally creative job, but the moment I have heard the 3rd talk on this list I have discovered my true ultimate goal in life, for which I will be training for decades hoping not to die in the process (but if I do, the process itself will still be worth it). Without further ado, so I can stop writing this and go solve puzzles, here are 3 TED Talks I love about creativity and why.

Brian Janosch, “What I learned from writing jokes for the Onion”
This video is hilarious, but also brings up some important points about the infamous process of brainstorming, and how we can make it better by going along with the way our creativity works instead of trying to square a circle and mould our creativity into a context that only works for some. It is also a nice insight in what happens in the second best satirical news outlet after The Babylon Bee.

Taika Waititi, “Why humour is key to creativity”
This talk is bizarre, but it has a purpose for it. Instead of answering the question in the talk, the talk is the answer to the question. He makes some inspirational comments about success but otherwise this is just an exploration of how he became who he is, and why that matters for us creatives. If you don’t think of yourself as creative, watch it anyway because it’s like a stand-up set, and you may be surprised to see you may have been wrong about your creativity after all.


Alex Rosenthal, The Joyful Perplexing World of Puzzles
THIS IS THE DREAM. I won’t apologise for shouting right there, I am highly excitable and I want to convey it in the written world as I would convey it with my excited face and hand-clapping and possibly jumping around like a little child with a lot of sugar running around her blood. If you watch this and don’t want to be part of my MIT team I will be surprised.

And finally, while watching these videos during a time of writer’s block (which may or may not be related to this very blog post), I have discovered riddles on TED and I felt like I had to share them so we can all start to work on our problem-solving skills for the MIT Mystery Hunt

Today’s blog post has been part of the Love Blog Challenge 2020 on the subject “Creativity”. Find the rest of the series here

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    1. Once you’ve done with them, let me know if I can persuade you guys to be on my team for the MIT Mystery Hunt in a few years’ time 😛

    1. I don’t watch many but they’re my go-to when I need inspiration for something, there are just so many ideas hidden in there 🙂

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