Anyone who reads my ramblings will pick up that there are certain passions in my life … music being one and creativity being another.
I saw a video some time ago which left me feeling exhilarated but also challenged and more than a little concerned.
For centuries our education systems have set-up the Holy Grail of Academia, based on our logical, deductive skills whilst ignoring, and even worse, denigrating the contributions that the arts (art, dance, drama) make to our wholeness in life, and relegating them to pastimes or relaxation. Academia has been confused with intelligence when it is only a component part, NOT the whole item.
As someone with aptitude for the sciences I have been very fortunate in that I was able to fit in to the educational system and come out on the other side with some sense of achievement and a list of qualifications.
But what happens if your natural inclinations are towards these artistic talents?
In short, you either become single-minded and reach your dreams, or in the majority of cases you just don’t fit; become frustrated, angry and worst of all, alienated from the very system that should ‘set you up for life’. I still see friends who were so talented in the arts but were told they needed to do something useful with their lives … and simply lost the spark and at the same time, enjoyment and fulfilment in life.
Thankfully, the wheels of change are beginning to turn, albeit very slowly, to rectify this travesty. The end result will be more balanced lives and personalities, people who can engage with their feelings, people who can interact with each other socially and people who, at last, can feel fulfilled. This is why I am committed in my new business venture to enable people to discover and engage with their inherent creativity; creativity that IS THERE in all of us, in different areas, but perhaps has been stifled for too long.
Sir Ken Robinson to many is at the forefront of re-engaging the education and business communities with creativity. In 2006 he made the speech I mention above at the TED Conference in Monterey, California. It is just as relevant in 2008. So pour yourself a drink, sit down and in the next 19 minutes (which will flash past) be prepared to be inspired and challenged by what I consider to be one of the most eloquent, entertaining, gripping and challenging talks in recent years
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get the video directly into this entry (but I’ll keep trying). So, in the meantime I have provided two links (when you click on either of these the video will open and start playing in a new window):
First link: The TED Website (this site can be slow at loading the video)
Second link: Watch it here if the video doesn’t start or you have problems.