A must watch TEDx talk for Clear-Minded Creatives from Larry Smith on the excuses we come up with NOT to do something great with our lives. Amusing, inspiring and thought-provoking. The part on what we say to our children in particular hit home and links with what Brené Brown had to say about the ‘creativity slump’ at WDS (basically, the tragedy of so-called “grown-ups” unwittingly ruining the true dreams and hopes of children).

Someone who is also interested in this is the Mad Researcher, aka Gregory Wilson II, who I met whilst in Portland. He is surveying people about “their perceived creativity level while in school and in the present” and is aiming to design tools to help counteract the creativity slump in children. If you have a couple of minutes spare please take part in his survey.