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Conferencia TEDxIndigo Rodrigo Vives

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Good afternoon. Some 20 years ago I read a book, "One", by Richard Bach, that I recommend, and I remember two things that after all this time are still on my mind. One of them is the title of the book itself, "One", that is a little of what I´m going to talk about in these 20 minutes: how everything reduces to a single unity and how that diversity and that unity coexist. The other thing that remained is when, close to the end of the book, that I won´t tell it to you, Richard Bach assists to a conference where different people talked for a stipulated time as in this case that is up to 20 minutes. He doesn't know what to say, and finally he chooses the subject that later will be the theme of his book, and I always thought about what would I say in my twenty minutes, what could I talk about. I started talking about what someone else did, but this allows me to tell you of another doubt that I had for a long time, which comes from my school years. Then, I had a friend who, since elementary school, knew that he wanted to be a lawyer. On high school, he knew that he wanted to be a lawyer. Today, he is a lawyer and, like him, there was this group of my friends who already had the definition of what they wanted to do. I was on the other group, and that's why this remained on me that long. I haven't had a clue until graduation, or close to graduation, of what I wanted to do. I had to do a vocational test, that resulted on a career: Biology, that I left the following year. I went back to the place where I did the vocational test, and I had another idea: Economy. I studied Economy, and after the first year I changed to Business Administration. Today I teach at this University, Photographic Language, at the Advertisment and Design careers, and I also exhibit my photography work, so if anyone wants the phone number of the vocational test place, I can give it to them later. But, basically, that difference between my friends, that group of friends who knew what they wanted to do and me, was always a pending issue, I had always the idea of what would happen, or why, or how to unify those different likes and interests, how to generate a connection between all of it. How to find my identity, how to find an identity, in this case, professional or occupational. I see that, lately, there is much about that issue of identity, not completely corrected, not completely solved because I see that students who are finishing their high school have much more options than the ones I had at that time but, at the same time, it is more difficult to choose between those options and I think it all comes down, again, to that mix or network between unity and diversity. How to manage to maintain our unity inside a greater diversity, bigger every time, and every time more complex. And every time more creative, because finally, this talk is about creativity, and what does creativity have to do with all of this? I focus it in relation with identity. I think that identity has a lot to do with creativity. In a talk that we presented at this University we talked a lot about what one would expect from or believe that creativity is and we always have the idea that creativity is about new things, or about new ways to show things we already know, or to do something unprecedented, something unusual, and I think these are consequences of creativity. Creativity is not outside, but inside ourselves. I think that is more about one being conscious and having to do more with the present and with we want at this present moment. As I said a moment ago, there are much more options than before in my time, not so long ago, and in my time there were more options than before but, however, the creativity issue is still pending, it remains as necessary or more than before. I think that creativity should be a part of the curricula or the study planning of any educational institution and well, creativity itself, going back to that it is internal, I think that has a lot to do with knowing oneself. Self knowledge is the only thing that makes us creative or not, no matter if we apply that creativity in something original, or something that becomes known, like creative artists or musicians, or at a personal, everyday level. One can be creative, in fact, we are all already creative. We all have innate creativity and it is a part of our human nature. Even in the case of my friend and all of the other lawyers, they have creativity too, so creativity is human. How can we develop it? I believe that there are four stages to be regarded at: The physical stage, which is listening to music, going to an event or reading a book. Or what you are doing today here. The mental stage: to rationalize or to understand the knowledge that precedes us. The emotional stage: what moves us, what we like to do. And all of that is immerse in the causal or spiritual stage. My spirit, what moves me. What is that I want to do. When I talk about those four things and when I´m doing those four things I am at the creative moment, I am right here, right now, not worried about anything but what is going on at this moment, and what is going on with me at this moment. I think that creativity cannot be separated from the individual or from self knowledge. That has to be taken to a place where there is interconnection. We are interconnected, we are interdependent not independent or dependent; I think seeing that way is seeing one half of the world. I think interdependency is seeing where we really are and what we are really doing. And for whom we are doing it. For us, for whom? And how we fix in that network that surrounds us, where we already are, not starting today that I'm talking about it or since you learn about it, what you start is to be conscious of that, but we already are in that network of life, in that network of creativity, in that set of interrelations that lead us to consciously participate, here, now, with conscience, not thinking about yesterday or what will happen tomorrow, not an easy thing to do, but it can be done. I believe it's about reaching a zero point a point where I stand up above everything I know, I stand, like Newton said, on shoulders of giants, I stand on that zero point, on the knowledge that I have, and thereafter, uncertainty comes. To mix, or to put together all of that foundation with all of that uncertainty, lies at the heart of creativity. Creativity cannot be understood without uncertainty. I don't know what will happen, so I need to create something new, by standing on what I already know, on what I already have. That can't be done if we are not in the present moment. Is being in the now, seizing this moment, everything we know, in new ways. How do I connect with those new ways, how do I connect with that reality that is right here, right now, changing me and changing us all. That balance which gives me both knowledge and growth is the basis of creativity, as I said, and is applicable on everything we do not only in artistic activities or in intellectual activities. I think is not about being an artist or about being an intellectual, or about not being any of those things to be a creative person. In fact, there are artists that are not that creative, there are intellectuals that are creative or there are lawyers or people who do repetitive work all the time and are creative and vice versa. That spiritual stage that I mentioned before has to cover it all. I think this is very important because this is what decides that I like to play piano and not violin or not to write but to take photographs. I choose that by standing on my previous knowledge and looking for new things, looking for new ways, but starting on me to find those new ways. After all of these years, I still have that vocational uncertainty, I never finished solving it, event though I wanted to, but it became from a problem to an ally. To learn to live with uncertainty, I believe it is a good resource. In fact, every time we are living more with, and we need more the uncertainty and to know that there lies the heart of creativity. Because events change so quick that we can't only adapt to experience and apply experience. We also need to put ourselves in that equation, know that we are already there, understand that we are already in the equation, and that we are a part of that interconnected system, of that network of life. And that this uncertainty is the uncertainty with which the Universe managed and continues managing for millions of years. The Universe always looks for new ways, it always looks for development, and we are a part of the Universe. That's why, when people say that a person wants to conquer nature, or a sportsman climbs up Mount Everest and conquers nature; It is impossible that a part of nature, like us, can conquer all of it. So, it is impossible to conquer nature. But we can adapt to and play with nature, understand which is our part and discover it. Discover our part in nature, our creative part in nature, by being today, here, right at this moment. My friend, who clearly knew what he wanted to study when he was a kid, today is a lawyer, a very good lawyer, and however, despite all of these differences, or this big difference that marked me that much, I find a big similarity: passion, search, to define oneself, to know which are my actions, my passions, my searches, to understand them, and to go behind them. I can see here some of my students, and that is what I try to tell them in our classes, that there are no methods, and if I try to transmit method, is only to stand over the method, use it, learn what has to be learned, stand over it, and create your own method. Your new idea, your new art. The emotional or the vocational issue in uncertainty I don´t know if it will be solved. But I think that unity can be incorporated to diversity Our unity becomes part of the diversity, and we can participate consciously of that diversity. This has to do not only with being in the present but being in the present consciously that I am in the present. To be in the present, knowing that I am already being part of a network system. A network of life, of creativity, that I affect and I modify. I tried, and I think I could incorporate my unity to the diversity. And I want to think that I am closer to that zero point in which I can stand over everything I know and apply it in a creative, in a new way. The whole Universe relies on that, so it shouldn´t be difficult. I think it´s not easy but it is simple. And, as everything managed itself over thousands of millions of years, everything, and we are a part of that everything; so we have to go with that everything, adapt to it and understand the uncertainty, understand our identity from the uncertainty, know ourselves, and from that point, express ourselves, and there relies our strenght: in that apparent weakness, that is only apparent, there relies our strenght, our security, our future, and I hope and I believe that there will be, also, our trascendency. Thank you very much.

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Duration: 13 minutes and 23 seconds
Country: Argentina
Language: English
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Posted by: tedxvideo on Nov 25, 2009

Conferencia sobre creatividad brindada por Rodrigo Vives en TEDxIndigo, Universidad CAECE, Mar del Plata, 29 de octubre de 2009.

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