“You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them.” – Sir Ken Robinson
We’re really fortunate to be able to have so many of our basic needs fulfilled.
The mere fact that we’ve evolved as a species and as individuals to the stage where we can focus so much of our time and effort in creative endeavours.
From the first innovations of man Sir Ken Robinson’s words hold true. Just imagine the first time a human really had a chance to examine his surroundings instead of only reacting to it. Realizing that they can mold it into something else. A piece of stone or wood could be a tool, weapon or building material. The world around them was malleable and it all sprung out of their heads!
“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world.
Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life.
Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” – Steve Jobs
My generation grew up with videogames. We got to hear about how they were a passive, mindless waste of time, every generation has probably had its own share of moral panic (video, heavy metal, rock n’ roll, blues, Mozart etc) so we’re not unique in that sense.
But i’d like to think that it let us enter another world that books and television didn’t. It let US be the heroes, we had the power to change things around and the world reacted to our decisions. One can only hope that this led to a generation of people feeling more able to influence their own lives and surroundings.
I talked to a former teacher today who talked about what he’d learned during his years of teaching. While talking about the challenges teachers face (political, social and practical) he told me a story about how one of his former students had gotten traumatized by a teacher forcing him to have a presentation about a certain subject.
During the presentation he just froze and couldn’t get a word out. So he ran out and had a really hard time speaking in front of people for a long, long time. He later overcame that barrier fortunately and even hosted his own show on TV for a while.
The most inspiring thing we talked about was how he would routinely take the classes out into nature and the world to show them what really mattered: Life.
We talked about how you can teach people the theories and feed them information but they need to experience the world. Schools tend to leave that last part up to the families. Now, that probably won’t happen if the kid’s only got a mother working 2 jobs and there aren’t any recreation centers around.
As dire as it sounds, there is hope. We all remember that one teacher who really inspired us. Made us want to be better and do better. Made us believe we could matter and make a difference in the world. We need more of them. People willing to look past the limitations of the current system and willing to break the rules.
If we don’t have the luxury of great teachers we have to learn from somewhere. And like the quote from the previous blog post said: “When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.”