Inspiration: Clay Shirky’s How cognitive surplus will change the world



Watch Clay Shirky’s TED Talk to learn more about the ideas in his book, Cognitive Surplus.  Again, what makes me so excited about Shirky’s work is that free time is now based on creativity instead of consumption.  Shirky explains that now, media tools let us create, connect, and share, so consuming isn’t the central focus of our leisure time.

Since I have such a problem allowing stupid, throwaway projects as “creative,” Shirky really does an amazing idea of explaining that creativity will always have a spectrum.  Instead of judging the results of creativity, he suggests we focus on the importance of people jumping over the gap. “The gap is between doing anything and doing nothing” (Source).

Have you watched a great TED Talk lately?


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