I love creating things, whether I'm developing a TED talk, hosting a conversation series for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, giving a talk about creativity, throwing a tea cup, creating a Peabody Award-winning radio show, or cooking dinner.  My first book, Spark: How Creativity Works, is published by Harper and is released as an audio book.  And please check out my podcast series, Pursuit of Spark! There you'll find conversations about creative approaches to the possibilities, challenges, and pleasures of everyday life.

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My Spark Talks continue this season at The Met in spring 2015, with a series I'm very excited about, exploring words and images in ancient and modern art and design.  More information here.


Four lessons in Creativity at TED:

Loved leading a workshop on uncertainty and giving a keynote on creativity at Days of Communication Croatia in May.  Wonderful participants, fascinating stories, and a beautiful setting in Rovinj.  

Thrilled with the recent Spark Talk at The Met on April 30, exploring the way artists play with time, with wonderful guests -- musician Laurie Anderson; Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me; astrophysicist and art historian SeungJung Kim; and Met curator Melanie Holcomb.   

It was a pleasure to give the keynote at the Clifford Symposium at Middlebury College.

Mitch Joel and I had a conversation at TED about creativity, which you can hear on Mitch's Six Pixels of Separation Podcast.

Big Think asked me to speak about creativity for three short segments.

Webcast of my talk for educators at the Smithsonian.

My thoughts about creative struggle in SGI Quarterly.


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Pursuit of Spark: conversations about creative approaches to the challenges, pleasures and possibilities of everyday life


Bill T. Jones - national treasure

It was just announced that Bill T. Jones will receive a National Medal of Arts on July 28.  He is a national treasure, his art, his honesty, and his powerful presence have had a profound influence on this country.

Last summer, I had the extraordinary pleasure to work with Bill as he prepared to speak at TEDxMet.  I loved our wide-ranging conversations, and he crafted a moving talk to open the day.  I'm thrilled to share it here.




In Jody Oberfelder's 4Chambers, we're pulled into the power of the heart by dancers who let us feel their heartbeats -- and make us aware of our own.  In my story for Studio 360, dancer Mercedes Searer offers a visceral experience of being in the piece -- and shows us it's possible to dance on the radio!


Sseko Sandals in Paris

The lovely Liz Forkin Bohannon has been chosen as a finalist for Cartier's Women's Initiative Award!  Liz was my first interview for Pursuit of Spark, and her story about creating Sseko Sandals is inspiring.  


talking about money

Negotiating your salary -- especially your first salary -- can be tricky.  This week in Work Mysteries, Dick Nodell offers some wisdom.


Work Mysteries

Dick Nodell is a wise and generous man, and I am delighted to share some of his wisdom in our podcast series Work Mysteries.  This month, we focus on a transition so many people are experiencing right now --  from college to work -- starting with the challenges and opportunities of being an intern.