Pre-thinking:

Many people who do not see themselves as artists, need creative thinking in their everyday life. Burstein might argue that we are all artists. All of us can use these 4 lessons in creativity that she presents. See if you agree with her lessons.

Why you should listen:

From where does creativity flow? In 2000, Julie Burstein created Public Radio International’s show Studio 360 to explore pop culture and the arts. Hosted by novelist Kurt Andersen and produced at WNYC, the show is a guide to what’s interesting now — and asks deep questions about the drive behind creative work.

Who is she:

Burstein has written Spark: How Creativity Works, filled with stories about artists, writers and musicians (like Chuck Close, Isabel Allende, Patti Lupone). Burstein is the host of pursuitofspark.com full of conversations about creative approaches to the challenges, possibilities and pleasures of everyday life and work. She also “loves sitting in for Leonard Lopate.”

Questions:

  1. What metaphor does she use to introduce the creative process?
  1. The first lesson, from the story of Mira Nair, is about experience. What is the lesson?
  1. The second lesson, told through the experiences of novelist Richard Ford is also about embracing something. In his case what was this?
  1. The third lesson is about finding your passion through giving up. What did artist Richard Serra give up? What did he find?
  1. Joel Meyerowitz foul he could evoke beauty through the loss of one of his favorite places. Describe to someone how this came about.
  1. In what areas of your life do you feel you are most creative? Discuss this with somebody.

4 Lessons in Creativity with Julie Burstein

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