Monday, March 2, 2009

Topic of the Day: Creativity

While on Twitter today, I saw a bunch of folks that I follow discussing the refreshing talk that Barry Schwartz gave at TED on the topic of "practical wisdom". In his 20 minute presentation, Schwartz makes the claim that the bureaucracy of rules and incentives that we have created are actually preventing us from being more innovative and productive.

What we need is the practical wisdom of individuals and small teams doing the right things for the right reasons. This is the same sentiment shared by Scott Belsky, founder and editor of Behance. In the clip below, Belsky expresses surprise that even in large organizations with heavy layers of bureaucracy, creative and transformative change can often come down to "just a few people in a room with an idea and the commitment to make it happen".

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