Friday, 27 November 2015

A brief recap and summary of the last 500 TED talks in less than... 4 minutes.


I want to talk to you about something that's really important today... and that's creativity.

First of all, though, let me say that I think that creativity is not only being disdained and scoffed at in America today, I think that's it's much worse than that. 

I think that creativity has already become a curse word in America.


I was hoping to come here and to at least be able to tell you that "Creativity is not a curse word yet, but we're getting there, we're getting there." 

Unfortunately, as I stand here on this stage, I cannot even say that much... 

I have been informed recently that creativity has already become the C-word... Not only has it become the C-word, but it has become the C-word 3 years of schedule...

What do I mean by that? 

Well, first of all, when was the last time that you heard anybody in the White House or Congress talking about creativity? Nobody wants to mention the C-word anymore. 

One of my fellow creative types says that he noticed creativity becoming the C-word several years ago, when nobody in Washington was willing to make any mention of it anymore. 

It was at first expected that the word creativity would become a curse word some time in 2018, but it has already become a curse word today, three years ahead of schedule... 

That shows you the severity of the crisis that we are facing today. 

There is a creativity crisis in america today, but you wouldn't know it listening to the media... the media never mentions the C-word either. 

What part of creativity crisis don't these people understand? 

Where are all the government-funded creativity summits?

Why are Fortune 500 companies still not hiring creativity consultants?

Why aren't there mandatory creativity classes in American high schools already? 

Let me repeat what I said earlier: there is a creativity crisis in America. 

The way that things are currently going, if the underappreciation for creative types in America continues, you can expect a huge creativity brain drain to start taking place very soon. You better believe it... 

When the creative vote with their feet and leave the U.S., who will there be left that can fill the vacuum that they will have left behind?Unfortunately, answering that question itself requires the kind of creativity that is becoming alarmingly absent from America today. 

It's time for you to start panicking and freaking out...

But before you start panicking and freaking out, I would like to ask you one final question:If resolving the problems that creative people normally resolve is no longer possible because there are no more creative people in America, then in the absence of such people, what person will there be that can come up with those much-needed solutions without unfortunately himself being absent from America because of America's creativity crisis.

Those were my closing thoughts, thank you so much for listening to me... 

Now, I'm really finished... 

Now, it's time for you to start panicking and freaking out...