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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Today's blog -- Four lessons in creativity.


It was a thrill to speak at TED2012.  

Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran this wonderful review of Spark by David Falcone.  I love the image he begins with, of childhood evenings spent making sparks.  To close the review, he writes "Spark is a beautiful book, enjoyable and filled with life. It will, however, demand a special kind of reading. The first time, straight through; the stories require it. And then again and again, each story one at a time as meditations where you will find yourself contemplating the origin of the little lights, the sparks, which show themselves only when someone special looks within."

PBS Off Book on Creativity

I loved talking about creative uncertainty with the OffBook producers at PBS

Brian Lehrer

Brian Lehrer talked with Kurt and me, with great audience participation about where people find their spark!



I had a lovely conversation about Spark, creativity, and business with BNET's Laura Vanderkam.

The Leonard Lopate Show, 2/15/11

It was a lot of fun to talk with Leonard about creativity, public radio, and collaboration.

From February 2011's Vanity Fair:

From Publisher's Weekly:

“Through enlightening conversations, these creative individuals demonstrate how they lift raw materials out of familiar contexts and create art that changes how we perceive the world.”

Think with Krys Boyd at KERA

Krys is a wonderful interviewer, and we spent an hour talking about what fuels creativity.  You can listen here.

An interview with me in Baristanet.


My talk at the wonderful bookstore Labyrinth in Princeton was written up here and here.


Lauren Knapp interviewed Kurt and me about creating Studio 360 and Spark.  You can read the transcript here.

on Studio 360

Kurt Andersen and I talk about many facets of Spark:





The Takeaway

Celeste Headlee talks with Kurt and me about Spark


Virginia Prescott of Word of Mouth had great questions about Spark, you can listen here.

An article about the early years of Studio 360 here.