John Cleese, Monty Python Icon, on How to Be Creative

A couple of years ago, Maria Popova highlighted for us a 2009 talk by John Cleese that offered a handbook for creating the right conditions for creativity. Of course, John Cleese knows something about creativity, being one of the leading forces behind Monty Python, the beloved British comedy group.

Now, we have another talk, recorded circa 1991, where Cleese uses scientific research to describe what creativity is … and what creativity isn’t. He starts by telling us, creativity is not a talent. It has nothing to do with IQ. It is a way of doing things, a way of being — which means that creativity can be learned. The rest he explains in 37 thought-filled minutes.

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  1. Warl says . . . | April 11, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    This is an excellent video.

  2. Matt says . . . | April 12, 2012 / 8:24 am

    I totally agree that creativity can be learned. We all have a right and left side of our brain. We just need to know how to tap into and utilize them both together. Creativity seems to come easier to the more we use it. Much like a muscle in the body.

  3. Debbie Carter says . . . | April 18, 2012 / 7:48 am

    a fine lecture from a British know-it-all

  4. says . . . | June 16, 2012 / 1:30 pm

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