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TED, Sir Ken, Creativity & God

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

When was the last time you checked out TED talks? I love them – they trigger thought, they entertain, they inform, and they can make you laugh. Go to www.ted.com if you’ve never seen them, and watch and listen. By the way, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.

One of my favorite TED-talks is one from Sir Ken Robinson. It is focused on education, and how it can sometimes limit creativity. It is also very entertaining, as Robinson is a fantastic speaker – he’s also very funny. Check it out at http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html.

Robinson makes a great point when he suggests that education, where it limits creativity, is doing society a great dis-service. He believes we need to adjust our thinking about what traditional education focuses on. As Robinson points out, most education is focused on the “serious” subjects like math, language, sciences and history. Instead, he believes more emphasis should be put on creative subjects such as art and music.

Sir Ken does a much better job of presenting his reasons for his recommendations than I do, so I strongly suggest you watch his TED-talk. But because I love one story he tells so much I can’t resist re-telling it here.

There was a young girl in an art class, drawing away, as did everyone in the class. The teacher moved around the room, and then stopped next to the young girl and asked, “What are you drawing?”

The young girl responded, “God.”

“Well, no one knows what God looks like,” the teacher said.

And the girl replied, “They will in a few minutes.”

I love that story!

Robinson suggests that some education sucks the creativity out of us. I think Pablo Picasso would agree with him when he said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

How does this apply to your world? Do you encourage imagination, both in yourself and others? Performance often comes as a result of imagination, creativity. Giving yourself and others an opportunity to stretch the mind is the only way to make big gains. Read The Art of Innovation, by David Kelley for creative approaches to enhancing imagination and creativity in the workplace. More and more companies, like Google, are giving employees time to work on their own projects, encouraging them to think outside the box.

Come to think of it, thinking outside the box is a common saying… but is it something that you practice? Could you draw a picture of God?

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TEDTalk: A Stroke of Insight

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

One of my favorite sources of inspiration, information and education are the TEDTalks. If you’ve not checked out TED (www.TED.com), you’re missing some incredible stuff! And one of the most powerful, entertaining, and insightful talks on TED is one recently released of Jill Bolte Taylor’s experience of having a stroke…

One of my favorite sources of inspiration, information and education are the TEDTalks. If you’ve not checked out TED (www.TED.com), you’re missing some incredible stuff! As their website says:

“TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

“The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).”

The TED website makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. Almost 200 talks are available online, with more added each week. I recommend you subscribe to them so you get regular updates.

“Ideas worth spreading.” That’s the tagline for TEDTalks, and I can assure you it’s dead-on accurate. You could spend a day or two just taking in the ideas spread through the talks available online.

Stroke One of the most powerful, entertaining, and insightful talks on TED is one recently released of Jill Bolte Taylor’s experience of having a stroke. What makes this so fascinating is the fact that Bolte Taylor is a brain researcher – a Neuroanatomist. Even she thought – while having the stroke – that it is “so cool” that a brain researcher could experience this from the inside. Her description of what went on in her brain, in her two hemispheres of the brain, is… well, I’m going to leave it to you to listen and watch her, as I could never do her justice in trying to explain what she experienced.

Stop everything you’re doing right now and take 20 minutes to watch. Go to http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229 and be moved. It will be worth it – this is my way of spreading “Ideas worth spreading.”

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