Inspiration for Your Creative Heart
January 17th, 2008
Talk about inspiring. I've seen this talk linked on several blogs, but just listened to it for the first time today. If you haven't listened to it yet, I highly encourage you to do so. The talk is one of the TED talks (which is a super cool site definitely worth checking out) which has numerous free videos of inspiring lectures available for your viewing pleasure.
The one I watched today was by Isabel Allende. Her words made me laugh and cry and more importantly, think.
Actually, I've been meaning to link to this section of the TED site which has videos under the theme of "The Creative Spark." Perhaps you could let some of these talks play while you go about your creatactivities?
I've linked to this TED talk by illustrator Maira Kalman before, but if you're over at that site anyways and looking for something else to watch, I really loved that one too.
In case you were wondering, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out as a conference bringing together people from these three areas and has since broadened out to different areas including the TED talks, which aim to share the worlds most inspiring voices. That in itself is inspiring.
You've gotta love the power of the internet in the way it allows us to listen to these inspiring voices we might never have heard. Yesterday, my best friend mentioned reading in the paper about the Arts and Crafts movement that is happening. She said she wasn't aware there was one. But when I think about the challenges to buy handmade, the explosion of etsy and all the wonderful indie arts websites around, I think what appears to be an explosion has been made possible by bringing together crafty people who might never have met otherwise. And through this amazing energy of crafty people all around the globe and the connecting that the internet provides, the inspiration has rippled out to people and places that just needed that little spark to begin expressing themselves. Truly amazing.