John Cleese gives a great talk on creativity, mentioning how humor is instrumental in getting into an “open mode.” My biggest take away:
“Humor is an essential part of spontaneity, an essential part of playfulness, an essential part of the creativity we need to solve problem, no matter how serious they may be.” – John Cleese
More notes after the video.
Some highlights for me:
- Creativity is not innate, it is a way of thinking.
- McKinnon states that creativity comes best to those who have an ability to play.
- Humor always accompanies a wider perspective.
- Key attributes to creativity: curiosity, play, humor.
- Two mindsets: open which is great for creativity. Closed which is better for execution.
- 5 things to open mode: 1, space, 2 time, 3 time, 4 confidence, 5
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- It is easier to trivial things that are urgent than it is to important things that aren’t urgent.
- 90 minutes is the ideal time for open mode — it takes 30 minutes to get into an oasis and then 60 minutes of thinking. After that it you’ll want to take a break.
- You can’t be playful if you have a fear of being “wrong.”
- While you’re being creativity, there’s no such thing as a mistake.
- Humor is the quickest way to go from the closed mode to open mode.
- Serious does not mean being solemn. You can be talking about very serious things while laughing.
- It’s easier to be creative when you have people to play with.
- Creativity is like humor. In a joke, the laugh comes at a moment when you connect two different frameworks of reference in a new way. Having a new idea is the same thing. Connecting two, hitherto separate ideas, in a way that generates new meaning.