44 Photos - Nov 9, 2011
Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: "Brainstorming is the worst thing you can do. The main reason why is because of this process of trying out strange new ideas versus when you put people together in a room, almost invariably they will try to conform socially. So you will get creative ideas, but you won't get as creative when people are trying to please each other than when they're trying to push the envelope. And so the studies invariably show that the quality of the creative ideas that people put out individually are invariably higher in quality than those done in a group format. So another myth bites the dust." —Rex Jung

What's been your experience with brainstorming? Does it combat or encourage creativity?

This interview with Dr. Jung on creativity is incredible: http://www.onbeing.org/program/creativity-and-everyday-brain/1879. It'll debunk myths and confirm ideas you may know instinctively but have given credence too.

Photo by Simon DrouinPhoto: Sylvia Boorstein discusses parenting and presence at a live event with Krista Tippett in suburban Detroit. Photo by Trent GillissPhoto: THIS WEEK: A Call to Doubt and Faith: Christian Wiman on Remembering God


This interview with Christian Wiman has to be one of my top 10 favorite shows. He cuts to the quick with a generosity and truthfulness rarely heard. And his penchant for remembering poetry and weaving it into life experiences with cancer, love, and death is incredible.Photo: THIS WEEK: "Inner Life at Work: Tami Simon on Business, Meditation, & Technology"


Krista's interview with Tami Simon is one of those conversations that appeals on so many different levels... for so many different reasons!

Ms. Simon is a kind of "spiritual entrepreneur" who talks business with a meditative mindset. She's built a successful multimedia publishing company with a mission to disseminate "spiritual wisdom" by diverse teachers and thinkers like Pema Chödrön and Eckhart Tolle, Daniel Goleman and Brené Brown. She offers compelling lessons on joining inner life with life in the workplace — and advice on spiritual practice with a mobile device.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our show with Thich Nhat Hanh is an On Being Classic, non?


We've heard from so many people over the years about how the Zen master and poet spoke to them -- through a mix of gentleness with power -- on mindfulness, suffering, and engaging with the world. We're replaying Krista's conversation with him as he tours the U.S. It's a must-listen; a must-share.Photo: The incomparable Eve Ensler and our host Krista Tippett after their riveting interview at The Nantucket Project. A fantastic conversation coming your way soon!

We're Instagramming (can make that a verb?) on the road this weekend. Follow along at http://instagram.com/onbeing.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: TO GO WITH AFP STORYBrazilian Flavia Goncalves, 52, who lost her sight at the age of 11, reads her Braille Bible at her bedroom, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 5, 2008. Despite a couple of Catholic figurines and a painting of Jesus Christ at her modest Sao Paulo home, she does not profess to be a practising Catholic. But, since being given a free Bible in Braille by the Bible Society of Brazil in 2002, reading the testaments has become a nightly passion of hers -- a transportation into an epic story whose 38-volume bulk she is halfway through. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA        (Photo credit should read MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: Photo: LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Wellcome trust employee Zoe Middleton poses behind an artwork entitled 'My Soul' by Katharine Dawson, which consists of a laser etched lead chrystal glass formation in the shape of a brain, and was created using the artists own MRI Scan, at Wellcome Collection on March 27, 2012 in London, England. The exhibit makes up part of the Wellcome Collection's major new exhibition, 'Brains' which includes slices of Einstein's brain, 3000 year old trepanned skulls, ancient Egyptian mummified brains and brains in jars, and opens to the public from March 29 June 17, 2012.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)Photo: Photo: SONY DSCPhoto: An ultra-Orthodox Jew prays on Mount Gerizim overlooking Joseph's Tomb, one of Judaism's holiest sites, in the West Bank city of Nablus on May 28, 2009. The men received a special permit from the Israeli army to celebrate in the restricted area ahead of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot which begins at sunset and marks the day Moses gave the Torah to the Jews after their exodus from Egypt. AFP PHOTO/Menahem KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: Photo: photo by www.facebook.com/MartinHaburajPhotographerPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The New Yorker poetry editor and Pulitzer-prize winning poet Paul Muldoon