How to kill creativity

Here’s a video that shows how creativity gets crushed in corporate environments. I think you’re going to recognize a lot of these as common in the nonprofit world too.

Or watch it here on Vimeo.

(Don’t let your accounting or legal departments see this. They’ll probably think it’s an instructional video.)

Thanks to Nonprofit Execs on the Edge for the tip.


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4 responses to “How to kill creativity”

  1. Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for posting this!
    I loved Number 13-Who invited those POETS in here?
    This is primarily why I don’t go to conferences like the AFP, NTC, and other conferences.
    Speaking as a former conference organizer, these events are primarily for those involved to make money and gain recognition that they are relevant.
    If it’s in a conference, it’s mainstream, and accepted, so how is it on the leading edge, creative, and fresh? Can’t you just find old ideas on the internet? Where are your new ideas coming from?
    What I take from this presentation is that we need to empower everyone to lead and we need to think of new questions to ask, new ways to come together.
    Mazarine
    http://wildwomanfundraising.com

  2. Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for posting this!
    I loved Number 13-Who invited those POETS in here?
    This is primarily why I don’t go to conferences like the AFP, NTC, and other conferences.
    Speaking as a former conference organizer, these events are primarily for those involved to make money and gain recognition that they are relevant.
    If it’s in a conference, it’s mainstream, and accepted, so how is it on the leading edge, creative, and fresh? Can’t you just find old ideas on the internet? Where are your new ideas coming from?
    What I take from this presentation is that we need to empower everyone to lead and we need to think of new questions to ask, new ways to come together.
    Mazarine
    http://wildwomanfundraising.com

  3. Thanks for the reference to Nonprofit Execs on the Edge, Jeff. I like your caveat about accounting & legal departments!

  4. Thanks for the reference to Nonprofit Execs on the Edge, Jeff. I like your caveat about accounting & legal departments!

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