John-Paul Flintoff

Where Do Great Ideas Come From?

Short Answer: they just pop into our heads, and the only thing we can do to help is to get out of the way.

Longer Answer:

The talk happened quite a while ago, but I don’t seem to have posted it here till now

One of the other speakers at that event was the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. What I remember about his talk, some years later, was the wonderful observation that we only have 26 letters in the alphabet, but every day we have the chance to say something we never said before.

Another performer, I recall, played the flute with his nostrils. And you don’t get to say that very often.

Keywords: creativity, ideas, impro