Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Carrot Clarinet, A 5 minute 29 second lesson on Creativity

Linsey Pollak gives us this terse definition of creativity:

Creativity is the putting together of two previously unrelated things, could be objects or ideas, and creating something new.

He then goes on to prove his point by combining a carrot and saxophone mouth piece to make a Carrot Clarinet. Trust me, you've got to see it to believe it:

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Not bad for a vegetable based instrument. But wait, there's more. Check out Pollak's website to catch him playing other improvised instruments. (Dang, that man rocks on the condom bagpipe)

While I'm not sure this is my favorite definition of creativity, it does make for a brilliant strategy when you're feeling stumped.

Most people treat creativity like some kind of spiritual energy that’s floating around the air, possessing only the lucky bastards. That’s Bull[pucky] with a capital B.

In fact, being creative is super-easy. Once you discover the two tactics I’m going to unveil in this post, you’ll be potentially creative forever.

Find out the whole story here. But suffice to say, next time you're stumped, try combining two unrelated concepts and see what happens. I bet the results are awesome.

Thanks to my Dad for sharing this Ted talk with me.

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