Thanks to Ken from New Zealand, an insightful blogger and commentator, for highlighting John Cleese’s November 2008 talk at the Creativity World Forum, which took place in Belgium. Cleese’s talk is succinct and informative, providing a look into the processes of creativity and innovation.
I was struck by the audience reaction to the talk; they barely made a sound! I laughed aloud multiple times. Was the audience hoping to catch every word so not wanting to interrupt? Were they simply a very serious group? Was language an issue? Was their silence a reflection of the cultural mores of their jobs or countries?
I don’t know the answers to my questions, but did later discover that the talk is a video synopsis of a more in-depth presentation. Perhaps the audience was more animated in the non-posted segments. Meanwhile, I hope you find John Cleese stimulating and thought-provoking.
By the way, I found two other talks of particular interest. One is by Tom Kelley, general manager of IDEO, talking about Helping organizations to innovate through design. In a part of his talk that was not in the video synopsis, Tom asks “What does the front door of your house not currently do that you would like it to do?” The other talk is by Dan Heath, author of the book by the same name as his presentation, Made to Stick.
John Cleese on The Importance of Creativity
You can get an additional perspective about John Cleese’s presentation in this pdf synopsis of his talk.
And of course, Happy 18th Birthday R!