TED Talk Outline: Creativity

My TED talk will discuss creativity and how to develop it in yourself.

  1. Introduction:
    1. Hook: These are my grandparents. They are both among the most creative people I know. My grandma has made me a dress pattern out of grocery bags and my grandpa has repaired countless tractors with baling twine and electricians tape. This isn’t something that was uncommon for their generation. (How many of your grandparents are exemplary creators?) They learned to make things work. They learned how to be creative.
    2. Relevancy statement: We each have the ability and the responsibility to be creative. But what does it mean to be creative? Who is creative? We often think that to be creative we need to be skilled artists or brilliant composers and while these are each great examples of creativity, there are thousands more “types” of creativity. Architects, Mathematicians, Creative problem solvers, (etc) are each creative in their own sphere. “The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.” -DFU
    3. Credibility: I am creative, but so are you. We just need to unveil the creativity in each of us.
    4. Central Idea: We each begin life as little creators, but as we age, many of us begin to believe that we are just not “the creative type.” When in reality, we are each not only the creative type, but we are spirit children of the most creative being in the universe. We each have the ability and the responsibility to be creative.
    5. Preview of main points:
  2. We need to be creative.
    1. Employment
      1. In the industrial revolution, we used employees as machines. We expected them to do one thing and exactly that one thing, until they wore out and then we would get a new machine person and use them until they broke. However, machines were always more productive and reliable than people. If we do not innovate, if we are not creative, we lose our edge against the machine. We can easily be replaced. Now, in our employment, to maintain our edge, we need to develop the ability to create. BUT HOW?
        1. “Creativity defines our ability to be successful in the workplace” – Forbes Magazine
    2. Relationships
      1. In our relationships, we each experience conflict. Our ability to settle conflicts and maintain those relationships comes down to our ability to create solutions that will benefit both parties.
    3. Eternal Destiny:
      1. But to what end were we created? What is our eternal destiny and purpose.
  3. We are inherently creative.
    1. Eternal Origin and Eternal Destiny
      1. Dieter F Uchtdorf “Our Heritage, Our Happiness.”
        1. “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.”
  1. You might say, “I’m not the creative type. If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.
    1. Kindergartners: We have a lot to learn from them
      1. At the age of 5, we use an average of 80% of our creative potential every day.
        1. Marshmallow Project Studies
          1. Kindergartners were able to create a taller, more reliable tower than business owners, Navy Seals, MBA students and even engineers.
          2. Why? Enthusiasm. Because they prototype early and often.
      2. In Kindergarten, everyone is an artist
        1. And in kindergarten, everybody was an artist. Not just an artist, but a two-hands artist: “Me! Me! Me! I’m an artist!” By the first grade, it was still 100 percent, but it was with one hand. Then it progressed. When MacKenzie talked to the sixth-graders, he would get two or three people raising their hands, nervously looking around like everyone was going to think they were weird.
  1. How to build Creativity
    1. Creative Ideas
      1.  Don’t Filter our own ideas
        1. Train track
    2. Creative Confidence
      1. Face your fear of mistakes
        1. “”I’m not gonna be perfect, but I’m gonna try stuff.” mantra
        2. Prototype, early and often.