Creativity and Imagination: Gregg Fraley at TEDxStormont

  • Опубликовано: 4 апр 2013
  • Gregg Fraley is an American writer, speaker, and consultant in the area of innovation and commercial creativity. He was named a Distinguished Leader by the Creative Education Foundation. He currently resides in Three Oaks, Michigan, USA. @greggfraley
    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Комментарии • 38

  • Ere Ndukwe
    Ere Ndukwe Месяц назад

    I love it very practical.

  • Christian P
    Christian P Год назад

    This man was losing me, but I must admit, he drew me in the his ending bit.

  • bogen broom
    bogen broom Год назад +1

    Use your imagination and research this - The Earth is Flat '
    Start here - '200 proofs the Earth is not a spinning Ball ' Eric Dubay ........(2017 )

  • cogniterra
    cogniterra Год назад

    Gregg, I've been trying to track down your Three Oaks Fine Arts Museum, and no one seems to have heard about it that I've talked to in that area. Did it disappear?

    • Gregg Fraley
      Gregg Fraley Год назад

      It was a hypothetical example. There is no Three Oaks Fine Arts Museum. We do have a very fine historical museum!

  • G.T. G 1
    G.T. G 1 Год назад

    Ideals are meaningless, if you don't put them into Action!

  • billynyethegamer m8
    billynyethegamer m8 Год назад

    i feel u

  • nepson13
    nepson13 2 года назад +5

    apparently your imagination counldnt come up with a half way decent joke

    • Farhat J
      Farhat J 2 года назад

      USC nepson13 my

  • Adrian Jordan
    Adrian Jordan 2 года назад

    Mad idea to give condoms to an IRISH community.....!

    • Gregg Fraley
      Gregg Fraley 2 года назад +1

      +Adrian Jordan -- I know, what was I thinking. The point was that images can suggest real world ideas, and it's an example of that.

  • sizzlenotsteak
    sizzlenotsteak 2 года назад +2

    I have crazy good imaginative abilities (a synaesthetic mixture of visual, sound, and propioceptive). One of my favorite activities is to sit around and "watch the show" that just flows through my brain. How to monetize this? THAT is the big question.

    • sizzlenotsteak
      sizzlenotsteak 2 года назад

      +Donatas Ivaskevicius Thanks. I've made some efforts in that direction. Have also been working on a television series called PUNAVILLE (it's funny, I don't even like television and haven't seen it since '04, but you have to follow the art's dictates, yah). Well, I'm actually still collecting thoughts and ideas, but I'm actually writing them down. Hope you get to see it one day. ;)

    • Donatas Ivaskevicius
      Donatas Ivaskevicius 2 года назад +1

      +sizzlenotsteak movie script writer perhaps?

  • Bjørn Ole Gilde
    Bjørn Ole Gilde 2 года назад

    Wow, how imaginative! Well, ask your imagination how to use it instead, because the ending statement is obviously not true, after all what's wrong about having multible ideas, where some may or may not be put into action?

    • Gregg Fraley
      Gregg Fraley 2 года назад +2

      +Bjørn Ole Gilde -- nothing wrong with having multiple ideas where some don't get put into action. Actually that's what usually happens. My point was -- put Some of them into action.

  • Kana Vijay
    Kana Vijay 3 года назад +2

    I never heard of any one when i was doing an experiment to test an idea that came to my mind at the age of 4 which not even the scientists of the world thought of.

  • Sam Lee
    Sam Lee 3 года назад +10

    sorry but apart from the line "ideas are meaningless unless you put them into action" this lecture is just another ted talks story of some guys random road to success.
    He starts with saying no one tells you how to use your imagination and finishes by saying... use your imagination! ask yourself for ideas! ..I'm sure he's a great chap n all but this really isn't very informative, I found the creativity lecture by Nick Skillicorn much more analytical and useful, to summarise his methods on increasing creativity:
    ...Short term...
    - get relaxed (pets, instruments, being outside, daydreaming, do whatever you find relaxing)
    - change your surroundings (go for a walk/cycle if your in a rut)
    .....Long term....
    - change your routine; food, commute, friend circles etc
    - do regular creative challenges like brain training and improvisation games
    - seek out new experiences and challenge yourself in uncomfortable or difficult situations
    (basically keep your mind active then relax when the time comes)
    - ideas are worthless unless acted upon.

    I would also add that right before you fall sleep your ideas and thoughts are often most lucid so keep a notebook by your bed or write em on your phone if you're somewhere else :o)

    • Gregg Fraley
      Gregg Fraley Год назад +1

      This is not really my success story at all. It's an example of concept blending, or visual mash ups for ideation. This is a very specific tool. Agree with your more generic suggestions for creativity, they do indeed work. thank you.

  • Muslim
    Muslim 3 года назад +1

    Good one

  • Larry Victor
    Larry Victor 3 года назад +1

    Unfortunately, Gregg is totally unaware of the inherited individual differences of persons with imagination processes. He obviously has strong visual imagery abilities. I have zero, absolutely no mental images. All others have mixed abilities. I am very "imaginative", but in ways Gregg has never considered. His intentions are good, but for those with weak visual imagery, he would leave them cold.

    • Gregg Fraley
      Gregg Fraley Год назад

      You're right. I am aware that many lack visual imagination though, and mention this directly when I speak in longer formats, or, do exercises with groups. None the less, concept blending, which is what's going on here, is something you can do, but in a different way. For instance instead of calling up visual images, call up words that represent other concepts and list them. Then do the forced association. Valid comment.

    • Larry Victor
      Larry Victor 2 года назад +1

      +Jefferdaughter Yes we are all both very similar and very different. I believe our mental imagery propensities are with us at birth, but not easy to link to DNA. It just hasn't been studied enough. I don't know what might cause persons to suddenly lose visual imagery. I think you can learn to use better the type of imagery you have, but I don't think one can learn to have imagery they lack - or if weak make it strong. Advances in brain modification may change this.
      Without visual imagery we simply don't imagine anything visual. All that is ever visual must come in through the eyes. Except in dreams, I do have some visual dreams, but on waking they can't be recalled. It is difficult for people with imagery to imagine what it would be like without imagery. I have discovered that people with strong visual imagery apply it to what they see with their eyes - they add imagery to what they see and often don't know that they are doing it. I expect persons with powerful visual mental imagery have much richer visual perception. I don't know, as I visualize what I visualize and don't know how others visualize. I also lack auditory mental imagery and I know that my perception of music is very inferior to those with auditory mental imagery. I expect that what they hear contains a image trail of previous sounds. I hear only what is going into my ear at the moment. I experience melody, but quite differently than those with auditory mental imagery.
      Our difference in mentally imagery (and thus, also perception) has yet to be really studied. It is not easy to experimentally test for these differences.
      Thanks for your interest.

    • Jefferdaughter
      Jefferdaughter 2 года назад

      +Larry Victor - A key point: MOST people do tend to think that most others are like them. (Liars can't believe what anyone tells them. Thieves think everyone steals...) OR, we think of certain others as 'them' - those who cannot be like us. Sigh.
      While on a fundamental level we are all incredibly alike and most people want basically the same things - good food, a reasonable level of security for ourselves and our families, something interesting and fulfilling to do - in the details, so to speak, we are each unique. An interesting question is whether the ability to visualize things in our minds is inherited, or can it be learned? If these people are placed in a sensory depravation chamber, do they 'see' images, or simply hear sounds, or...? Or could an experience like this help trigger their ability to form images in their 'mind's ehe'?
      Another interesting question, for those whose minds freely picture things, is how do people who cannot create mental pictures imagine things that are not in front of them? Or do they?
      On a more practical level, all the excersizes and steps the speaker mentions could be done by writing things out, rather than 'picturing' them, can't they?

    • Larry Victor
      Larry Victor 3 года назад

      +Nathan Glover I am pleased your were open. I lsck mental imagery in ALL sensory modalities. When I discovered this lack, at age 20, I informally studied mental imagery from my null point. The diversity of mental imagery competencies in the human population is awesome, but known to only a few. For over a decade I surveyed my college students on their imagery. The vast majority were unaware of this significant individual difference. It still puzzles me how persons can live long lives not knowing of their lack of some mental imagery.
      A student having difficulty learning the art of sheet metal changed her major when she discovered that she lacked visual imagery. Landscape geologists visualize landscapes in change. Mineral geologists visualize crystals. Visual artists are highly competent with visual imagery; musical artists hear new compositions in the auditory imagery. Professional dancers can experience a dance while sitting and watching it being performed. Many persons are burdened with grief because the visual imagery of the lost loved one is very frequently in the visual imagery.

    • Nathan Glover
      Nathan Glover 3 года назад

      +Larry Victor After reading your comment and actually looking at the research i find myself inclined to agree with you, I had no idea.

  • Abdirahman Hashi
    Abdirahman Hashi 3 года назад

  • Lisia Wilson
    Lisia Wilson 3 года назад +1

    Its was interesting when he explained how Edison retrieved his ideas associated with his lab.

  • Toni Lee
    Toni Lee 3 года назад +9

    Didn't Thomas Ed steal most of his ideas off Nikkola Tessla?

    • Gregg Fraley
      Gregg Fraley Год назад

      Debatable, but It's absolutely true that he collaborated with Tesla on many ideas. He also had lots of ideas all by himself. Tesla was a genius. So was Edison.

    • y roncero
      y roncero 3 года назад +8

      +Toni Lee Pisses off when they talk about Edison without ever mentioning Tesla...

  • Kay V
    Kay V 4 года назад +2

    But I couldn't help and notice that the bag strings are red! Not yellow lol

  • Jeanne Lewin
    Jeanne Lewin 5 лет назад

    Loved the "spark" tool at the end - small, transportable, provocative and more than likely an object to which everyone in the audience can relate! Great job, Gregg.

  • Odan-Urr
    Odan-Urr 5 лет назад


  • Don The Idea Guy
    Don The Idea Guy 5 лет назад +3

    The speaker provides some excellent examples and very generously shares insight into his own personal creative process. Great stuff!