The Creativity Conference with David Burkus

The Truth about Creativity online conference

Host David Burkus is author of the book The Myths of Creativity.

He summarizes the online conference:

Kiss of the Muse by Paul Cezanne“We tend to think about creativity in terms that are reminiscent of the ancient muses.

“We talk about being divinely inspired or have flashes of insight, like creativity is only open to a lucky few.

“The truth is that we are all able to be creative on demand and improve our capacity to develop novel, useful ideas that will keep ourselves and our organizations competitive.

“Based on my best-selling book The Myths of Creativity, I bring together 30+ renowned experts on creativity and innovation for a series of 30 minute video interviews.

“This conference will teach you strategies to enhance your creative capacity and activities you can apply to your life the same day. Together we will explore the secrets of the world’s most innovative companies and the truth about creativity.”

Interviews include:
Dan Pink    Scott Anthony
Brian Uzzi        Heidi Grant Halvorson
Scott Barry Kaufman        Bryan Mattimore
Scott Belsky    Kyra Maya Phillips and Alexa Clay
Adam Bryant    Rex Jung
David Owens    Alan Gregerman
Roger Martin    Gianfranco Zaccai
Keith Sawyer     Jocelyn Glei    Teresa Amabile

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[Painting above: Kiss of the Muse by Paul Cezanne – also used in article: Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse, Or Hard Work?]

Below are a few audio excerpts from the interviews – go to the site to see sample videos from all the psychologists, authors and other experts: 

The Truth About Creativity conference

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Albert Einstein“I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am… [but] I would have been surprised if I had been wrong…

“I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Albert Einstein

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Here is a brief audio excerpt from the conference interview with psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman: “Imagination and Intelligence.”

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD is author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined.

[Also see my list of Books To Fuel Your Creative Mind.]

Scott Barry Kaufman

“What’s exciting is imagination processes like daydreaming… the kind of cognition that is imagining our future world, imagining things that don’t exist…” – Scott Barry Kaufman in his longer interview for the conference.

Image is from his video: “Creativity” – see a clip in my article Don’t You Have To Be “Gifted and Talented” To Be Creative?

Here is another brief excerpt from The Truth About Creativity online conference: Scott Barry Kaufman comments on Identity and Creativity:

“Creative expression equals self-expression… So anything we can do to firm up our identity, figure out who we are separate from others, and what it is we really want to express – that influences your information processing of everything in the world.”

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Creative Power of Misfits

In their interview titled “The Creative Power of Misfits” for the conference, authors Kyra Maya Phillips and Alexa Clay talk about research for their upcoming book “The Misfit Economy.”

“It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.” Steve Jobs

That is one of the quotes they use, and recall visiting a friend at a new Silicon Valley startup company:

“It didn’t take long for us to spot the first pirate flag – the skull and bones that characterise the renegade attitude inherent in Silicon Valley’s tech disruptors.”

Read more in my post Misfits and Innovators.

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Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD, is a social psychologist and Associate Director of Columbia Business School’s Motivation Science Center. This brief audio clip is from her video interview “The Science of Creative Success” for the conference.

Halvorson talks about how we “tell ourselves the wrong story about our abilities” and how beliefs can get in the way of our success in various areas. She comments: “If you ask people what made Steve Jobs so successful, one of the first words they would use is ‘genius.’ It’s how we explain things.”

One example:

Jane Campion directing Bright Star

Director, writer and producer Jane Campion, praised for “The Piano” and many other films, once commented (earlier in her career):

“I never have had the confidence to approach film making straight on. I just thought it was something done by geniuses, and I was very clear that I wasn’t one of those.”

[Among her many awards: The Piano (1993) won Academy Awards for Best Picture, and Campion won for Best Writing and for Best Director.]

Quotes also used in articles:
Myths of Creativity and Creators – How They Hold Us Back.
Building self esteem and identity – what we tell ourselves about ourselves.

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"paint by numbers!" - By originallittlehellraiser

“Maybe I should go back to the incubation stage.”

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Neuropsychologist Rex Jung on Incubating Creativity

Preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification are the major stages of creativity or components of creative cognition.

Incubation is something we can cultivate to enhance our creative potential, says Rex Jung, PhD. He is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, a research scientist at the Mind Research Network, and a practicing clinical neuropsychologist. [From bio on his site]

Related book: Neuroscience of Creativity, Oshin Vartanian et. al., Author, Editor. Contributors: Baptiste Barbot, Mathias Benedek, David Q. Beversdorf, Aaron P. Blaisdell, Margaret A. Boden, Dorret I. Boomsma, Adam S. Bristol, Shelley Carson, M.H.M. de Moor, Andreas Fink, Liane Gabora, Dennis Garlick, Richard J. Haier, Rex E. Jung, James C. Kaufman, and others.

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The Truth About Creativity conference

The Truth About Creativity online conference includes video interviews with 31 experts on creativity and innovation.

Recording packages of the live interviews are available: videos (MP4), audios (MP3) and PDF transcripts.

> Follow the link to see brief excerpt videos of each expert interview.



  1. […] [Scott Barry Kaufman is "Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute and a researcher in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he investigates the nature, measurement and development of imagination." From bio on his site. Photo of Kaufman also used in article: The Creativity Conference with David Burkus.] […]

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