Jay Mead on Ken Robinson’s TED Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”

In looking at what Ken Robinson says about creativity and how schools are currently killing this natural part of our being, it’s clear that he, along with other visionaries, believe that this industrial model of education no longer serves us. He states that “creativity is as important as literacy,” and that we should be cultivating multiple intelligences rather than the current hierarchy that favors linear thinking with math and sciences at the top and the arts at the bottom. Intelligence, as he points out, is interactive and requires openness to many ways of understanding and expression.

Our Art of Sustainability program (AoS), flows from the same framework of understanding as Ken Robinson’s talk. AoS seeks to bring back the child in all of us that in most cases have been suppressed by school and society at large. Creativity and risk-taking are at the core of this long lost child in all of us. It is the great unknowing and willingness to make mistakes that most of us have been conditioned to reject. AoS cultivates creative experiences so that participants can engage as whole people and, in doing so, find wisdom and discovery in unexpected places.

To work for sustainability on the planet, it is crucial for activists to face this challenge as whole people. To be a “whole” person” both the right and left-brain modalities need to be in sync. This can also be seen as unity of the heart and mind. AoS is intended to be a visionary tool and critical part of helping various change agents be more effective and make their work more meaningful. This is precisely the kind of work that Ken Robinson seems to be promoting.

Learn more about Jay’s work on his website.

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2 Responses to Jay Mead on Ken Robinson’s TED Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”

  1. Huma beg says:

    Thanks, Jay, for bringing Ken’s focus on education to my attention. Currently I am seeking to find a balance in what I desire for my children. I want to make sure that in my effort to give them the best I do not stifle what is of utmost value… their inherent talents and gifts and the seeds of the legacy they are born to play out in this world. We are simply guardians and gardeners. I am thankful for the reminders and pray that my garden flourishes.

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