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Emerging Creativity?

For those of you who are like me and cannot help looking up information on the authors that have written the books you read, I would strongly recommend that you have a look at a clip you can find here:

 

http://www.ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=m_gladwell

 

Gladwell is the author of two books listed on the suggested reading list for this course. Although I am unfortunately still unsure about how exactly his ideas apply to the concept of emergence, I found his ideas about the society's opinions very interesting.

 

I don't know how familiar everyone is with the TED Talk clips, but many of them are actually very interesting. One that I found quite relevant to our discussions on emergence is a very new talk by Charles Leadbeater and can be found here:

 

http://www.ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=c_leadbeater

 

Although the clip itself is not exactly as entertaining as the others (personal opinion) his ideas that creative ideas can emerge from the society and that you don't need an organization to innovate made me think. It actually made me think of all the moments when we were working with Net Logo in the classroom, and somebody in the room finds a new fascinating model. The patterns that people see are quite simple (both the set of rules and the actually patterns) but something about the beauty in the simplicity makes us feel like we are seeing something so interesting, and maybe even complex, that we can't help saying "Wow, that is so cool...!"

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