3 tools to become more creative | Balder Onarheim | TEDxCopenhagenSalon

20 jan 2015
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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. “Growing up makes us less creative. Therefore we have to re-learn creativity, and luckily there are multiple ways to do so,” says Balder Onarheim, PhD.

In everyday language, ‘creativity’ is often used in relation to artistic creation. But amongst scholarly researchers it is acknowledged that creativity is one of the most crucial human traits.
Balder is PhD and creativity researcher at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the founder of the Copenhagen Institute of NeuroCreativity - an institute devoted to understand and disseminate knowledge about the neurological underpinnings of creativity.

“Creativity is not just about art - it is one of the most crucial human traits. It lies at the heart of innovation, thus it is not a superficial skill but a necessity for human survival,” says he says.
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  • Creativity is like a muscle. You need to work hard even when you're not getting the results you may be wishing for. Be patient with yourself. In time, you'll be where you want to be. It's you VS your perception of your progress in time.

    Alrai 778Alrai 7783 dögum síðan
  • very courageous and open to bring in political examples

    S chatterjeeS chatterjee7 dögum síðan
  • Everyone is creative just depends where you use it.

    Andy Hay.Andy Hay.8 dögum síðan
  • Great

    Wasim MollahWasim Mollah11 dögum síðan
  • we lose our creativity with age/specialization because of materialistic reductionist training of industrial culture

    thoughfully lostthoughfully lost11 dögum síðan
  • I stopped listening when he set Putin as an example of a leader... Couldn’t get passed it.

    Matteo PereyraMatteo PereyraMánuði síðan
  • Conclusion: So if your not creative find creative people and steal their ideas and hide their bodies

    Fluf PetFluf PetMánuði síðan
  • Creative people discover ideas Intelligent people create those ideas

    Fluf PetFluf PetMánuði síðan
  • This is for people who have never thought about creativity. It's what you do before 101.

    Alex TagarouliasAlex Tagaroulias2 mánuðum síðan
  • Great man great thnx very much

    Alok KumarAlok Kumar2 mánuðum síðan
  • I think you should mention that Putin is a dictator also.

    CikiOnCikiOn2 mánuðum síðan
  • great talk, great tips👌🏼

    nocashmessnocashmess2 mánuðum síðan
  • I started trading recently and it has been a wonderful race with Mr. Jason McQueen who is an amazing crypto trader. my first payment came through, along with his weekly lecture. its still a marvel to me how he was able to make $13,600 in 7 days with a $1000 initial deposit, the man is a genius. you can make contact with him via Insta {@Jason_real.fx}..thank me later

    Kelvin BamanKelvin Baman2 mánuðum síðan
  • SOmeone please explain to me, how you mention Putin as an example of your goal (creativity) WITHOUT getting political?

    egendron123egendron1232 mánuðum síðan
  • brilliant!!!

    Sajith AcSajith Ac2 mánuðum síðan
  • thank you

    Amandeep ShowAmandeep Show3 mánuðum síðan
  • These TED talks are starting to resemble the guest speakers we had to listen to in high school.

    Alexander WalkerAlexander Walker3 mánuðum síðan
  • Ahdults

    smurfette1016smurfette10164 mánuðum síðan
  • Very interesting. Great advices

    LuisVelaxLuisVelax4 mánuðum síðan
  • Interesting!

    Max Hanzo UedaMax Hanzo Ueda4 mánuðum síðan
  • hodge-podge nemesis secretary

    Colin GordonColin Gordon5 mánuðum síðan
  • Why waste time on all these bs stats at the start.......

    Decroded ArtDecroded Art5 mánuðum síðan
  • Aaah! Finally Pewdipie gave a TED Talk!

    Umang AnimatesUmang Animates6 mánuðum síðan
    • LMAOOO love you

      Jayceisyo BfJayceisyo Bf4 mánuðum síðan
  • I can't trust advice from him if he can't pronounce creative correctly.

    Somewhere RainbowSomewhere Rainbow6 mánuðum síðan
  • How about sudoku

    Haynes RobertHaynes Robert6 mánuðum síðan
  • The lip-smacking nooo

    graciousgracious6 mánuðum síðan
  • thank you for making this

    Miles MentisMiles Mentis6 mánuðum síðan
  • When they give you 2 red dots to make sure you don’t move off... but you straight up ignore it Just joking.. It was a great talk!

    Sid SSid S7 mánuðum síðan
  • Why don't you get to the point

    Don GivaniDon Givani8 mánuðum síðan
  • .

    Omar faragOmar farag8 mánuðum síðan
  • Great Talk and great presentation!

    Design GoferDesign Gofer9 mánuðum síðan
  • Loved it!!

    Marion NjagaMarion Njaga9 mánuðum síðan
  • There has got to be a link as to why potato is such a common random word when watching this video, it happened to me too

    Jeb StuartJeb Stuart10 mánuðum síðan
  • 12:44 I hacked it! Random word: glershck

    Henry BennettHenry Bennett10 mánuðum síðan
  • Classic example of random words (stream of consciousness) are the lyrics of the song “The Waters of March”.

    Diana KrewinkelDiana Krewinkel10 mánuðum síðan
  • that's how you "sleep on a decision"

    Sam RonoSam Rono11 mánuðum síðan
  • great..

    Aashaa ZahidAashaa Zahid11 mánuðum síðan
  • LSD is a pretty good tool for creativity lmao

    NW KazzyNW KazzyÁri síðan
  • me da risa porque todos repiten lo mismos y todos dicen lo mismo, leen los mismos libros y parece q saben, pero son lo mismo todos. Es increible estas charlas

    seremos mediaseremos mediaÁri síðan
  • The mic is picking up the sound of his mouth opening and closing, it feels like one of those weird videos that people whisper on

    Otavio OliveiraOtavio OliveiraÁri síðan
    • Lmbo

      Jamaka PowellJamaka Powell6 mánuðum síðan
  • This guy really should have researched other ted talks before desighning his. He wasted so much time telling us creativenes is important. People who listen to ted talks r not the average sheep. Every time I c a ted talk that wastes so much time covering basic knowledge before actually getting to wat people come for I scroll down and c people writing comments like this or key points of video listed to save time. I even watched a ted talk on how to give a ted talk before. Plz folks a lil research. Thats wat this community is about. If u really need this much filler time then mayb theres a reason y. To leave on a good note ur doing good. Its not u but ur methods. Anything can b improved. Once again thats wat this community is about.

    Retro GuardianRetro GuardianÁri síðan
  • Wow.. I can attest that I have tried only the 3rd idea (Wikipedia Random Articles) and it does work!!! Thank you so much. Is it working for other people?

    James DuffJames DuffÁri síðan
  • It's peewdiepie

    Rooney MaraRooney MaraÁri síðan
  • his power point is out of the box

    Vasha FarisiVasha FarisiÁri síðan
  • that man smacks his lips a lot. I couldn't concentrate

    isa-nimationisa-nimationÁri síðan
  • Simple , Wise and RANDOM Information

    Thameemul AnsariThameemul AnsariÁri síðan
  • ok thaz cool

    qwerty uiopqwerty uiopÁri síðan
  • The cameraman should change not only the angles, but also profession. Great speech tho!

    Bigboss304323Bigboss304323Ári síðan
  • He is not talking creatively,he is too intellectual .An expert in creativity but he doesn't live creatively ,he studies it,he has rules for creativity ,creativity has no rules.

    Omar AhmedOmar AhmedÁri síðan
  • Hip hop artist are creative,I like that.

    Let's grow togetherLet's grow togetherÁri síðan
  • 14:43 I was playing Tetris as I heard this. For all who are interested, my 40 line sprint time is 40 seconds

    Andrew PrahstAndrew PrahstÁri síðan
  • Let's see. I'm writing this out of my memory to enhance my long-term learning: To practice creativity 1. Come up with words or concepts that are as far from each other as possible 2. Use sleep to come up with solutions. To do that think of a problem and tools before sleeping but don't try to solve it because you'll get too excited and lose sleep, and in the morning write down what you dreamt about even though it seems like it had nothing to do with the problem 3. Associate with force random words or concepts to your problem to see it from a different angle

    MarianneMarianneÁri síðan
  • my first three words were potatoes, mashed, and sleeves xD

    Tuva HellqvistTuva HellqvistÁri síðan
  • his outfit isn't too creative......

    Fish FaceFish FaceÁri síðan
    • He's there to pass information on to you. Not distract you with meaningless fashion concepts.

      Jake SerranoJake SerranoÁri síðan
  • he talked and didn't say anything

    Dave RamDave RamÁri síðan
  • Take a sip of water FFS!

    D DD DÁri síðan
  • He is so hot 😌 how to concentrate on what he is talking 😌😌😁😍😍

    TalkBak with Priyanka DharTalkBak with Priyanka DharÁri síðan
  • "Try to think of random words when u brush your teeth" i didn't understand it clearly can anyone brief it to me . i would be very thankful to your precious time.

    FightFor_ FreedomFightFor_ FreedomÁri síðan
    • Mr0strich I get that like say for instance “Tire”and “pillow” but how does that help creativity? Are you supposed to find a reason why these things are related afterword or? I’m very confused and I would be very thankful if you explained:)

      Johnny DeppJohnny Depp9 mánuðum síðan
    • So this is late but I'll answer anyways. His advice is to come up with random *unrelated* words quickly. Usually when trying to come up with random words they will have some connection (to the previous word or your surrounding). E.g. Toothbrush, Teeth, Mouth, Eat, Food, Pizza...... Instead you should try to come up with something like this: Toothbrush, Tire, Australia, Table, Rain, Children, Glass.....

      Mr0strichMr0strichÁri síðan
  • the lip smacking sound makes this inaudible

    Andrey MedinaAndrey MedinaÁri síðan
  • hey wait a second ! i guessed Car tire too ?! now is there any science behind this that can give an explanation?!

    mohamed bendrissoumohamed bendrissouÁri síðan
  • I'll remember these points for next time!

    Practice of the PracticePractice of the PracticeÁri síðan
  • Is anyone else bothered that he didn't stay in the red circles?

    johndoh1000johndoh1000Ári síðan
    • Ha.. yeah I noticed it too.

      James DuffJames DuffÁri síðan
    • Thinking outside the box (circles, in this case)

      PeterPeterÁri síðan
  • Thank you, that was great.

    The TruthThe Truth2 árum síðan
  • learn to be more carosmatic, got bored after 1 minute

    ImpulseImpulse2 árum síðan
    • You lack creativity and obviously you are boring

      @futuremarvelsuperhero@futuremarvelsuperheroÁri síðan
  • Putin!? Really!... bad example..

    Sergej GalanzinSergej Galanzin2 árum síðan
  • if i think about the question i try to solve before sleep, i simply cannot fall asleep -.-

    Florence KwokFlorence Kwok2 árum síðan
    • same hahahaha

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  • Arm Leg Fire

    Asia AshantiAsia Ashanti2 árum síðan
  • What is wrong with being artistically creative? Of course, you can be creative in every aspect of your life and Art is a field of experiments that can help you with that. For the association of ideas that can enhance your creativity: poetry. For image thinking: drawing and painting. For resolution of problems: music, sculpting, videomaking. Take it as an exercise to open your mind. Then apply whatever you found there in other sectors or fields of knowledge. Why kids have no problems in solving problems like the 9 dots one? Because they are still in touch with the amazement of learning how to be human. I watch kids getting out of classes to wander in the hall when there aren't many people looking. Most of the time they need to move their bodies, but not only walking to and fro: they MOVE their bodies. They will go out of class and do a little dance while going about. They do cartwheels just for fun, or they stop and look at something that no one had the time to notice. If they weren't obligated to sit down so much during their day at school this world would become much more interesting. And then parents tell their kids: do not run, do not move this way, do not put your head like that. Once, when I was a kid, I saw my teacher tell a student not to move his eyes a certain way unless authorized by a doctor!

    Rosa PrimeRosa Prime2 árum síðan
  • whooooa that was life changing

    laviniahaf musiclaviniahaf music2 árum síðan
  • Weed!!! :)

    Valentin FilipovValentin Filipov2 árum síðan
    • Wth?

      William ClarkWilliam Clark3 mánuðum síðan
  • Love this

    NutriMissionNutriMission2 árum síðan
  • very informative talks,,,thank you!for all of them!synchronicity!!!

    Theresa HeyerTheresa Heyer2 árum síðan
  • this is honestly one of the most random things i ever came across

    MartinMartin2 árum síðan
  • awesome speech

    Ankur SharmaAnkur Sharma2 árum síðan
  • Yes, putin is really creative. His technique is: lie, deny lying by manipulating words, lie again.

    Eugene PashchEugene Pashch2 árum síðan
    • i think he’s referring to how he rose to power, i can’t tell you exactly because i don’t remember, good story tho

      Stefan BeefanStefan Beefan2 árum síðan
  • I think it was not talked about simplicity. When you force to be simpler, you force you brain to be creative

    juan riverojuan rivero2 árum síðan
    • How is that ?

      NSProdNSProd2 árum síðan
  • come on. Anyone can be creative. But very FEW can get PAID to do it. Talk about THAT and get 10 million more viewers from art schools cranking out little portfolios for overindulged millenials!

    fakeItRightfakeItRight2 árum síðan
  • Hey if this isTLDW: here are his tools 1 brush your teeth every night and and think of 3 random word then think are are the random 2.wake up your self after playing tetirs and then question it while questioning every thing and try to solve the problem with your dream mind after wakeing up every 6 hours always wirte crazy kooky stuff down. 3.this guy just use Wikipedia random generator to seem like a wild random creative mcgee but he just click the wiki ranodo button which means he is but the puppet of a algorithm tweaked by some dude who now knows he hold this mans creaitve life in his hand. 4.this snaky guy didnt even say this but make sure you your self are ironic like hes named bald and is hair.

    dingo king 5dingo king 52 árum síðan
  • I thought of Sun Moon and Bird. Im fkin weird

    IshaaqIshaaq2 árum síðan
    • The Impaler Banana, electron wave, heat.

      Duncan WhyteDuncan Whyte2 árum síðan
  • Love you Rory 🤓

    How to EverythingHow to Everything2 árum síðan
  • Best tips ever

    Steezy KaneSteezy Kane2 árum síðan
    • @Jibran Sapi wtf john villamin

      lonzolonzo6 dögum síðan
    • Hello 👋

      YrboyTENYrboyTEN10 dögum síðan
    • Steezy you should post

      Idk IdcIdk Idc21 degi síðan síðan
    • haha😜You are here

      LerazyLerazyMánuði síðan
    • @john villamin ik right

      Jibran SapiJibran Sapi3 mánuðum síðan
  • Nice talk! I like that the 3 tools are so simple that anyone could use them :) He is a good teacher

    L GL G2 árum síðan
  • so boring

    Rhiannon SacksRhiannon Sacks2 árum síðan
  • genius

    Daniel DCDaniel DC2 árum síðan
  • IDEA HEXAGON will help you for projection of idea and boost your creativity :)

    FailPiratesFailPirates2 árum síðan
  • It's "creeee- AY - tive" not "CREH- tive".

    Peter MossPeter Moss2 árum síðan
  • Great talk. Really great takeaways. I liked the whole thing. Don’t think a summary would have as much impact.

    Nicky LinNicky Lin2 árum síðan
  • 3 tools are: 1. Try to think of random words when u brush your teeth 2. Think of one problem/ challenge before u go to sleep and note what u have dreamt about that is related to the problem as we get creativity peaks during our dreams 3. Hit the button "Random articles" on wikipedia when searching about ur problem to find if u can combine sth new and random into solving ur problem

    Linh MaiLinh Mai2 árum síðan
    • thanks

      fuckboi69fuckboi696 mánuðum síðan
    • Thank you, you saved my time

      Don GivaniDon Givani8 mánuðum síðan
    • This is just superb, been searching for "jerome becomes a genius book" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across - Ronny Geniusify Epiphany - (search on google ) ? Ive heard some incredible things about it and my partner got cool success with it.

      Khizar AbidKhizar Abid9 mánuðum síðan
    • Thank you

      Martin SantosMartin Santos10 mánuðum síðan
    • How to transform 17mins into few secs... x-)

      Arnold RimmerArnold RimmerÁri síðan
  • omng! I loved the nine dot solutions by kids! I would never never never have thought of them! It reminds me of the physics teacher that put this question on a test: given a barometer, find the height of the school building. Of course, the students knew that air pressure (measured by the barometer) gets lower as you go higher. They said to measure the pressure at ground level and then on the roof. Find the difference and use a math equation (given in books) to get the height. But here are CREATIVE- and funny - answers: 1. Find the school maintenance guy and offer to trade him the barometer if he tells you the height of the building. 2. Tie a string to the barometer, stand on the roof, lower the barometer to the ground. Then measure the string. 3. Drop the barometer from the roof and time its fall till it smashes to the ground. An equation gives distance. Can you think of out of the box answers?

    NateNate2 árum síðan
    • Ha.. love those answers.. sorry Nate.. I can't think of anymore besides what those kids saw. Nate, your example of the different answer from kids, highlights that by asking many people about the problem on hand is also a good way to problem solve/think creatively.

      James DuffJames DuffÁri síðan
  • The three tools: 1. Continous practise 2. Priming dreams 3. Use randomness to solve current problems

    ICONIQ PsychologyICONIQ Psychology2 árum síðan
  • Interesting! The first book to take readers inside the experience of creative inspiration hits bookstores tomorrow (3/6/2018). It's called, "Deep Creativity: Inside the Creative Mystery," and is the culmination of a 30-year exploration into the heart of creative inspiration. It stresses the idea that creativity is not just thinking outside the box but living outside it.

    Act on WisdomAct on Wisdom2 árum síðan
    • Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds like a good book. I like how you mentioned that creativity is not just thinking outside the box but living outside it.

      James DuffJames DuffÁri síðan
  • He has two shadows!

    Stacy AStacy A2 árum síðan
    • Stacy A: there is more than one light shining on him. The more light sources the more shadows. 👍👍

      Nicky LinNicky Lin2 árum síðan
  • I advise people here to watch the whole talk before reading the comments who for some reason the people in them volunteered to summarize the talk and losing the many ideas and information in it

    Faya TarFaya Tar3 árum síðan
    • Don Givani I am talking to the different :)

      Faya TarFaya Tar8 mánuðum síðan
    • Speak for yourself, everybody is different

      Don GivaniDon Givani8 mánuðum síðan
  • A math teacher would tell you a line passes infinitely both ways through your bloody dots. Why most people think Mathematics doesn't require creativity is beyond me.

    Joshua LJoshua L3 árum síðan
    • Chocolatier Since most people don't understand Math and aren't highly creative, so it's understandable, but not obvious. To add, creative people look further and see more than the average person, so it's more than understandable to me that most people would be concerned with the supposed obvious, because most people aren't creative.

      Joshua LJoshua L2 árum síðan
    • Since it is almost never used in any creative area in most people's lives? Pretty obvious.

      ChocolatierChocolatier2 árum síðan
  • Thanks so much, I also use my surbodinates to do the thinking.

    Nyaika NelsonNyaika Nelson3 árum síðan
  • impressive

    akash pandyaakash pandya3 árum síðan
  • Great talk T.Y.

    WatcherWatcher3 árum síðan
  • The first word i think of when I'm standing there with my toothbrush trying to come up with 3 random words seems to always be "potato".. so I decided to make it 4 and simply ignore the first one.

    Lars LarsenLars Larsen3 árum síðan
    • Mine were Meteor, buttcrack, and Canada.

      Jibran SapiJibran Sapi3 mánuðum síðan
    • my first three words were potatoes, mashed, and sleeves xD

      Tuva HellqvistTuva HellqvistÁri síðan
    • bro same omg

      mariamariaÁri síðan
  • INTJ

    Vodka is LoveVodka is Love3 árum síðan
  • Summary : “We put rules into there, that are not there” . That’s why we are not creative.

    Tahseen MikTahseen Mik3 árum síðan
    • Tahseen Mik it reminds me of the joker in The Dark Knight

      Murphy OmniMurphy Omni2 mánuðum síðan