Below is a 10-minute video excerpt from a presentation by John Cleese expressing his ideas on creativity.
Among other thoughts, he emphasizes that creativity requires a quiet mind and we have to create an “oasis” with boundaries of space and time where we are free of interruptions and can have a safe atmosphere for creative ideas and insights.
We don’t know where we get our ideas from. We do know that we do not get them from our laptops.
If you are interested in the topic be sure to read Garr Reynolds‘ reflection on this topic at presentation-zen.