Monday, 6 November 2017

John Cleese on Creativity

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins. In this fun and thought-provoking lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his usual blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines the 5 factors (listed below) that you can arrange to enhance creativity in your lives.

According to Cleese, creativity can only happen in open (-mind) mode, when you are free from interruptions, distractions, unlike when you're closed (-minded), which is when you are at 'work' busy with phone calls, stuff to do and there is some pressure, anxiety, and tension.

Open mode isn't all - there are 5 important elements required too:

1. SPACE - undisturbed, quiet, where there are no interruptions, phones ringing, emails being answered, etc, which means no TV!

2. TIME - a specific amount of time, at least 1.1/2 hours, which includes say 15-30 minutes for winding down and getting calm - again no TV!

3. TIME - yes more time, once you've created an oasis of calmness, you can tolerate the slight discomfort that you may feel until you solve the assignment/issue creatively and get some work done.

4. CONFIDENCE - so that there are no fears of making a mistake because nothing is wrong so there will be no mistakes. 

5. HUMOUR - this gets us from closed to open mode quicker - laughter helps us to relax and doesn't detract from the seriousness of the 'problem'. So laugh, giggle all you want when being creative.

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