Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity
While working today, I was feeling a little frustrated. To overcome this, I started watching a few videos on my phone as I worked (and yes, I was still productive as I watched them).
On the recommendation of Dan, I started watching a Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) video. TED is a nonprofit organization that focuses on Ideas Worth Spreading and is made up of “the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers”. Their annual conference is sold out at least a year in advance and features speakers such as Al Gore (former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dean Kamen (inventor of the Segway and founder of FIRST), and the subject of the video below, Sir Ken Robinson (author and advocate of creativity within schools).
He emphasizes several times throughout his video that we have no way to know what the future holds for us as a society. The conference lasts for days, and he points out that despite the expertise at that conference, nobody can predict what really will happen… and yet we are supposed to be preparing kids for the future.
Kids are not afraid to be wrong. They will take a chance. As adults, it is something that we are frightened to do. His point is that, without taking the chance, and without embracing the creativity within them, we will never come up with anything original.
Plus, lets face it, he is a really good speaker.