Creative Spark Analysis

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Creative Spark Talk Analysis
July 20th, 2013 For this assignment I chose to review Stefon Harris’ “There are no mistakes on the bandstand” TEDTalk. After review I found the concepts and narrative to be very applicable to the business realm as well as daily life. Stefon presented many different ideas and opinions to the process of creativity that are normally lost in typical creativity examples. From what I gathered, Stefon is a musician, a vibraphonist to be exact. While I am not familiar with what a vibraphonist is, I assume it focuses mainly on instruments such as the xylophone and similar instruments. Stefon is not who I would have expected as a guest on TEDTalks but his perspective is refreshing. I viewed Stefon’s on YouTube which showed the video to have been posted in December of 2011. This talk was very interesting because it used jazz music as the example to creating something organic and fresh. The driving point of the presentation was that perceived mistakes are commonly viewed as problems when in reality they should be not be seen as mistakes but as a shift in the mainstream thought process. Creativity comes in many forms so what one person sees as a mistake can instead be seen as a new way of continuing. Commonly, creativity is stifled due to perceived problems with the thought process and non-conformity is extinguished. We view these non-conformers as hiccups generally which eventually wears on a person’s creativity and ends when that person no longer wants to lend their creative ideas. This is where Stefon made a great point; we shouldn’t see mistakes as mistakes but as alternate ways of operating and sometimes this alternate ways can spur new philosophies. Stefon illustrates this perceived mistake by instructing his pianist to play a sharp note while the rest of the band plays normal music notes during an impromptu example session. Stefon…...

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