Hail Sir Ken!

These TED talks share some great ideas. Everyone knows the infamous talk by Sir Ken Robinson but there are many more inspirting talks that help shed light on the mystery of the birth of creativity and imagination . I really enjoy Julie Bernstein’s talk about creativity and how she talks about allowing the process to help feed the work. Allowing for what I like to call ‘happy accidents’ and being open to accept things that you didn’t plan for but are to obvious to ignore. a part of the creative process is being open but for me it’s about not being afraid. Letting go of the control and being open to accept things that come your way. This takes self belief, confidence and assurance. Three things that most high school students are a little short on. So perhaps teaching creativity is also about providing a sense of belief and a safety net. Students need to know that it is in the failures that we learn. Unfortunately timing and judgement, aka assessment,s don’t always allow for that. This is why it is even more important that we need to have these conversations at every level of the education system. it takes more than one person to make the change.

How Schools Kill Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Taking Imagination Seriously

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.

Tales of Creativity and Play

At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play — with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn’t).

4 Lessons in Creativity

Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living — and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.


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