Ken Robinson, innovation expert and author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative, overcame polio to become one of the world's leaders in the development of creativity in business, education and human resources.
Hear him hold forth on the potential and capacity of truly "human" resources.
Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson is an expert in creativity, innovation, and human resources. He works with governments in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and cultural organizations. Robinson led a national commission on creativity, education, and the economy for the UK government and was central in forming a creative- and economic-development strategy as part of the Northern Ireland peace process. Formerly, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick.
He has received several honorary degrees, the Athena Award from the Rhode Island School of Design, the Peabody Medal, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Royal Society of Arts. He received a knighthood for his services to the arts. His latest book is The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Viking, 2009).
Ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. The term generally refers to a richness of ideas and originality of thinking. Psychological studies of highly creative people have shown that many have a strong interest in apparent disorder, contradiction, and imbalance, which seem to be perceived as challenges. Such individuals may possess an exceptionally deep, broad, and flexible awareness of themselves. Studies also show that intelligence has little correlation with creativity; thus, a highly intelligent person may not be very creative. See alsogenius; gifted child.
I have expressed many of these views for a couple years now. I am an undergrad student and have had real difficulties thinking 'linearly,' in another presentation he talks about ADD, which I have once been told I have. Now I don't think ADD/ADHD is a 'crock' but the doctor's answers are (in my opinion) less effective. Behavior patterns, including motivation, are often the biggest issues with those with ADD, or other learning 'disabilities.'
And at the same time, I was never taught healthy functions for my own motivations, correct principles, correct aspects allow freedom of thought, and of practice.
Whether it be economics or education or politics, it's the simple aspects that allow a 'rule of law' to allow free motion within that system.
Incredible. It's getting more and more obvious now that there is something wrong with education. I believe this idea of learning mindlessly - just memorizing information - whether it makes sense or not, is mostly spurred by the prospect of getting a job and consequently money. It is this materialistic perspective which is preventing us from really delving deep into our immense pool of creativity.
Once this barrier breached and that survival is no longer associated with money I believe then people will understand this notion.
Not only are children neglected in their talents, but learning in general is a boring and dreary thing. It's a bad thing when we manage to alienate our children from learning.
The sooner the industrial idea of the school system the better. We need to embrace freedom to learn and express oneself creatively; internet and games are the most profound learning tools we can use today.
As a teacher I couldn't agree more with Ken. The system we've inherited is imploding. The way forward will undoubtedly be bumpy (if not a full on bronco ride) but if we keep our focus on the children and their "element" or gifts we will pull out of this with a vastly improved and much healthier answer to the challenge to educate and inspire the next generation.
FANTASTIC!!! Have come to most of these same conclusions after 25 years in the education of children. Absolutely agree with ALL of his points presented. There is an underground army of educators who also believe this way but are having to deal with the antiquated regime we now serve....but we keep our focus on what's important instead...the children!!