Ken Robinson TED Talk on Nurturing Creativity

21Mar10

Really great TED lecture by Sir Ken Robinson on creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Exerpt:

Creativity…the process of having original ideas that have value…comes about from the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things.

Check out the Wikipedia biographies of well known thinkers as evidence of Ken’s statement:

  • Blaise Pascal — mathematician, physicist, Catholic philosopher
  • Thomas Jefferson — horticulturist, archeologist, paleontologist, inventor, political leader
  • Isaac Newton — Physicist, astronomer, mathematician, theologian
  • Galileo Galilei — Physicist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher
  • Leonardo da Vinci — Sculpter, architect, scientist, painter, musician, engineer, inventor, geologist, botonist
  • Ben Franklin — author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat

It’s interesting that our universities not only silo disciplines, but  require students to think of themselves as one type of thinker or another early on in their education.

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