Ep 229: Football commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball on sports broadcasting, responsive creativity, adapting in the moment, and owning your personality
The Creative Condition Podcast
by Ben Tallon / Alistair Bruce-Ball
7h ago
Radio remains a timeless and unique medium in the age of abundant TV and film streaming services. There's an intimacy and a human quality that has seen it endure despite countless technological advances, and it invites the imagination of the listeners in a way no TV broadcast ever could. Football commentary represents arguably the most passionate form of commentary, but what of the creativity of the people whose trained voices take us as close to the action as possible without stepping foot in stadiums? How does it work, how do we get into such a career, and what makes for a great sports broa ..read more
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Ep 228: The problem with perfectionism in a creative environment with University of Chicago professor & author of 'Flawed' Greg Chasson
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by Ben Tallon / Greg Chasson
6d ago
Perfectionism can be extremely damaging to creativity. We live in the age of data, in which the bottom line creates a culture of fear. Here uncertainty is the enemy, and algorithmic creativity is causing a dramatic level rise in the sea of same. In the creative industry, this could be a death sentence, so I spoke to Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and author of 'Flawed' Greg Chasson at length about the neuroscience and effects of perfectionism. As a man with a career built on imperfection, it was a joy to hear it so expertly articulated by Greg. Sponsored as e ..read more
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Ep 227: DRAMA! A conversation with drama teacher Abby Lucas about the untapped mental health & education fuel
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by Ben Tallon / Abby Lucas
1w ago
Abby Lucas teaches drama and English at secondary/high school level in the midst of a growing mental health crisis. She sees the the positive impact it has on young people, their wellbeing, their communication skills, their learning, and their ability to take control of their lives. But she is only able to teach it within the curriculum for one hour each week. We discuss the tragic educational and wellbeing omission that is drama, the benefits of expanding its presence in the curriculum, and our frustrations in depth. Sponsored as ever by https://illustrationx.com who have a superb new qua ..read more
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Ep 226: Shoplifting Ian Wright. What my Woolworth's ban taught me about creativity
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by Ben Tallon
3w ago
It took me a long time to acknowledge the shame of being caught shoplifting. At age 13, I stole an Ian Wright football figurine and got caught, earning me a UK-wide ban from Woolworth's department store. It took years to own this one, but when I did, I saw so many lessons in the importance of the shadow self, what such missteps can teach us about our personality, and its value in our creativity. Sponsored as ever by https://illustrationx.com who have a superb new quarterly illustration trends report here: https://www.illustrationx.com/uk/news/5992/trendx_-_april_2024 and the Ukrainian Insti ..read more
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Ep 225: Collaborate. Don't gatekeep. Abi Everett (Evergooood) & Steph Martin (Stuff) on collaboration
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by Ben Tallon
1M ago
Multidisciplinary artist and designers Abi Everett (Evergooood) and Steph Martin (Stuff) are close friends and regular collaborators. They join me in conversation about the dangers of (conscious or unconscious) gatekeeping, which underpins 'More Than One Seat', their new project created to encourage collaboration, and not the kind of gatekeeping Steph became aware of while working in the advertising industry. This a great example of the joys of being a champion for another, in encouraging growth, and collaborative play, which leads to great ideas and optimal creativity. You can find out more ..read more
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Ep 223: Stefan Sagmeister live at OFFF Festival 2024 - Long Term Thinking
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by Ben Tallon
1M ago
Stefan Sagmeister - legendary designer and pioneering creator - returns to continue our conversation from episode 199, only this time live on the main stage at OFFF Festival Barcelona.We continue to explore the notion of understanding our minds in order to find an optimistic baseline, from which we can work to resolve our collective problems.The chat took place in front of a live 2000+ audience in Disseny Hub and now is your chance to hear it too.The show is supported by founding sponsor Illustration X: https://illustrationx.comand the Ukrainian Institute: https://ui.org.uaYou can grab Stefan ..read more
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Ep 222: Mindful Creative & Creativity for Sale with Radim Malinic
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by Ben Tallon
1M ago
Radim Malinic returns 103 episodes after we talked on episode 119 of the podcast. Now he is back with not one, but two new books: Mindful Creative and Creativity for Sale. The two books are designed to work as a set of two and delve into the way we work, all the way from our evolutionary tendencies, to our perceptions of creativity, the way it functions, and how we can be happy while making money, producing the work we always wanted to.We cover it all. This is a deep, candid chat, the only way Radim knows how.The show is supported by founding sponsor Illustration X: https://illustrationx.comYo ..read more
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Ep 221: Optimism. Five tips to feel better and create optimally
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by Ben Tallon
1M ago
Too many people are downbeat. The heaviness of 24-hour news cycles are locking people's creativity and spirit away in dank, lightless basements.Here are five tips to turn the tide, and find a baseline of excitement and optimism from which to contribute to solutions for the problems that make us feel like the world has gone to sh1t.As ever the show is supported by founding sponsor Illustration X: illustrationx.comand the Ukrainian Institute. You can help a wonderful organisation by supporting the Ukrainian creative community as they struggle to keep making during the horrific war: ui.org.ua/The ..read more
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Ep 220: A guide to publishing a book independently
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by Ben Tallon
1M ago
Today is the release day for 'The Creative Condition' - my 2nd non-fiction book.This time out I chose to publish independently. Here's how, why, what to consider if you want to do this too.Supported by founding sponsor: https://illustrationx.com and the Ukrainian Institute https://ui.org.uaThe Creative Condition is out now at: https://www.bentallonwriter.com/shop/p/the-creative-condition-understanding-and-embracing-human-creativity-signed-paperback-pre-order-april-11th-release ..read more
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Ep 219: Zombie Professor Athena Aktipis on joy in vulnerability, zombie teams & surviving wild times
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by Ben Tallon
1M ago
Arizona State University professor in psychology Athena Atkipis joins me as her new book 'A Field Guide to the Apocalypse' hits the bookshelves.Athena's smart and fun zombie apocalypse approach to encouraging and supporting us in facing our fears during wild times carves out her beautiful niche in the field of psychology.We discuss why we've always felt like we're on the brink as a species, and, whether the worst happens, or a pipe simply bursts and floods your house, preparing for greater resilience in wild times can be fun, exciting, and a great route to happiness and optimal creativity.It's ..read more
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