In Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative, I look in some detail at the nature of creativity and how it relates to the idea of intelligence in the arts, the sciences, and other areas of human achievement. In 1997, I was asked by the U.K. Government to convene a national commission to advise on how creativity can be developed throughout the. Ken Robertson's TED Talk is a personal favorite. Love the anecdote about how Gillian Lynn discovered she was a dancer. If you don't know it yet, its everything that a good talk should be and then. Check out Joe on Twitter, listen to his Go Crickets podcast and get his book “The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story” Now on to day two; the Ken Robinson lunchtime keynote. Ken’s keynote, and I bet this is true for most of the people at this conference, was kind the reason we all really made this trip happen.
Why you should listen
Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson believed that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. 'We are educating people out of their creativity,' Robinson said. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's first TED Talk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? 'Everyone should watch this.'
A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th-anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His 2013 book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, is a practical guide that answers questions about finding your personal Element. And in Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, he reasoned for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposed a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students.