Becoming a Father Restored My Creativity

John Cary

is a connector, writer, speaker, and curator focused on design for a better world. Among other consulting, he is a strategic advisor, event host, and speaker coach for TED. He is also a co-founder of FRESH Speakers, Inc., a next generation speakers bureau focused on diversifying thought leadership. John’s first book, The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories About Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients, was published in 2010, and his writing has appeared in an array of publications, including The New York Times. For more information, visit

June 19th, 2015

When the crush of a beige cubicle and endless meetings deaden creative impulses, a newborn baby girl prompts an explosion of creativity — and the celebratory, enthusiastic person the author’s dream job had taken away.