Fascinating to track the career of Ken Robinson. An ex- drama and English teacher, Professor at Warwick University, now Senior Advisor to J Paul Getty Trust in LA. Voted one of the top business speakers in the world. It’s a long way from Liverpool to LA. But I think Ken has lost none of the warmth, pragmatism and humour that I was lucky enough to witness first hand nearly 15 years ago.
Ken’s a visionary. And the consummate presenter. He has a number of gifts including the ability to humanize and illustrate everything. He roots everything in story-and ensures he carries the audience with an engaging narrative that demonstrates a wide and diverse knowledge base. He also has the ability to make extremely complex concepts understandable. All arguments I have banged out for seven years in presentation training. And the fundamentals of how we connect with an audience.
Easy to say, I know, but very hard to do.
Is the development of creativity as essential as literacy in education? Children in school now will indeed be retiring (they hope…) in 2065. Shocking to try to envisage the world in 2065- no-one can. Same colour sky, yes, maybe a few degrees warmer but we don’t have a clue what the world will look like. Provocative point –how do we prepare them for the impact of the massive socio-economic changes taking place as we speak? How will it affect how they will work?
And what about us, now, who had our creative abilities, drummed out of us by an education system that valued and developed academic reasoning?
At five tv I delivered a series of workshops to freshen up the creative thinking of some of their staff. Their Creative Services Team wanted to know the current state of play around conceptual thinking common to all creative actions. Who was saying what and why? And some sure fire tools they could implement yesterday. Great people and we will do more work together.
I would love to see Ken elaborate on skills and processes that can extend everyone’s creative behaviour.
If a creative community within a successful creative industry are struggling, what does it say about the learning opportunities available to us?
As Ken says “The world is changing and promoting the ability for creative thinking and promoting cultural adaptability is essential “(BusinessWeek February) 2006
We need to develop behaviours. Far more than provide a token space with a few toys and a white board. It is essential we support those who we work with to understand the creative process. Plus techniques and strategies to nurture, build and develop ideas that will add real value to what we do