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?)