Sir Ken Robinson delighted an over-capacity crowd last night. Here is a bouillon version of some of his major points.
We are alive in a time of revolution caused by the rapid rate of change in two major forces: technology and population.
He invited us to think about life 50 years ago and the technology tools available to most of us alive then: record player, radio, television, telephone. Compare this to the number of devices available at Best Buy. The inovations available in the past ten years are exponentially greater than those of the 1950′s. The rate of change in these innovations alters the very context of our lives.
The second major force is population growth. There have never been so many humans alive at the same time on this planet. And the numbers are still growing. As with all change, the challenge to any species (us) is to adapt.
Speaking primarily in the context of education, Sir Ken Robinson called for change in our national educational system that focuses on standardization and conformity rather than personalized education that is customized to prepare and motivate the imaginations all children (people) have, the creativity that all children (people) can cultivate, and the innovation that revolutionary rates of change demand if children (people) are to adapt and thrive.
He encouraged adults and children to find what it is that each of us is particularly drawn to, passionate about, the thing(s) we naturally do well – and to cultivate that activity. Not to ponder it, not to dream about it, but to do it. It is by the actions of each person, cultivating and practicing his or her particular creativity, that we can meet the human needs of the present and the future.
I warned you at the top that this was a bouillon version of my major take aways. I’ve captured none of Sir Ken’s wit, and that is a shame. Read his books: Out of Our Minds and The Element. Check out his TED talks.
Many Trinity School people were in the crowd. What would you add to the conversation?