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May 242013

Take a look at this great TED talk about using limitations to foster creativity. It is a great way to feed your creative mind as you kick off your holiday weekend. Phil is an artist but the his insights apply equally to creativity in any field.

Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake
In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this limitation … and transcend it.

Taking a cue from his own artistic journey, Phil Hansen challenges us to spark our creativity by thinking inside the box.


  3 Responses to “Embrace the Limitation!”

  1. I am trying to view this for the 2nd time on my Windows 8 smartphone without success. I have high speed broadband service and I probably will be able to have faster load speed when I go directly to the Ted site next. I hope my feedback is helpful for building out this new website. I really like what Encore online is doing.

  2. I keep losing my comments before they post. Aggh!

    Click on the jump link to the Ted Talks direct site. This is a great video. I’m interested in feedback from the groups artists. How would you structure a learning activity using Phil’s themes with Parkinson patients?

  3. I think as older adults, we are very aware of our limitations, not the least of which is time, but using especially that limitation is also our strength.