Sir Ken Robinson On Creativity

Some time ago (2007) I watched Sir Ken Robinson on YouTube, talking about creativity, and was blown away by his presentation (it was taped at  TED). This man offers serious ideas, but with a charm and humor that makes them entertaining.  One of the stories he shared was that of a little girl drawing during an art exercise. When asked by the teacher to describe what it was, she replied “I am drawing a picture of  God.”

“But no-one knows what God looks like,”  the teacher insisted.

The six-year old was not deterred: “They will in a minute.”

Don’t you love that innocent confidence?

So when I found another talk (Creatively Speaking: Sir Ken Robinson on the Power of the Imaginative Mind part 1 and part 2) on Edutopia,  I listened and watched eagerly. Robinson is an astute observer, and an engaging speaker.  This man is a champion for creativity and the imagination, and he presents a terrific case for how important they are, not only for personal enjoyment, but for society. Reform of education, he insists, is not enough. It needs to be transformed. Creativity is as important as literacy and numeracy, and it should be a centerpiece of education, an operational idea. it is vitally important to train people to have good ideas!

Wikipedia offers the following information about Edutopia:

Edutopia is the magazine, Web site, and video documentaries published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas, the Foundation documents and disseminates information about exemplary programs in K-12 schools to help spread these practices nationwide. A nonprofit organization, GLEF serves their mission through the creation of media: films, books, documentaries, the magazine Edutopia, e-newsletters, and their website.

While at the TED site, I also found an amazing presentation by Pattie Maes about metainformation, gathered by “a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. ” I felt like I was watching something based on an excerpt from a sci-fi novel. What’s your reaction?  Could the use of this device cause atrophy of the brain (if you don’t use it, you lose it)? Seriously, can you imagine what a boon this could be for someone suffering from the effects of dementia? Memory loss? (Menopause?)


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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6 Responses to Sir Ken Robinson On Creativity

  1. What a wonderful blog you have here. I’ve just perused a few posts and already feel inspired! Thank you Carol.

  2. tammy vitale says:

    wow – the Patti Maes (she looks like Signourney Weaver) video is awesome! Can you imagine?!

  3. Hey Carol,

    Stopped by to see what you are up to:) Loved this video. You find the most wonderful things and I love that you share them and put ideas and findings out there.

    Thanks for the post you wrote about me. If your ears were burning recently, I was talking to someone that is in my current internet workshop about printing on uncommmon surfaces. She said she found her way to my blog from you. And just fyi we said all really nice things about you!

    You are a special lady,


  4. Sheri says:

    I can’t wait to watch this video. Thanks for posting it!

  5. carolwiebe says:

    Sir Ken is very serious about creativity and imagination, which sounds rather oxymoronish, but is vitally important because these qualities (or states) have been dismissed as fluff by many educators!

    Thanks, Kathyanne, you are a gracious lady as always.

    Sheri, I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts about what Sir Ken has to say. There are many books about creativity out there, including yours, and I am sure you probably have only begun to share what you have learned and experienced around the encouragement of creative thinking in our lives!

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