01 July 2013

Getting the Best Out of People

One of my favorite TED Talks is given by Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken is an educationalist from the United Kingdom (now living in the USA), with an engaging combination of clarity, insight, and wit. It's this last characteristic that in many ways is the most charming. Sir Ken is a skillful communicator appearing at the right time for those ready to learn more about nurturing those around you.

How else do you explain nearly 17 million views on the TED website--and counting?  Add to this an estimated 300-million viewing audience through repeat showings at conferences, according to a recent article in TIME magazine. 

His focus--the relationship between education and creativity.

So why aren't we getting the best out of people?

Sir Ken Robinson argues 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 says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's 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 latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.

Here is the link to Sir Ken Robinson's TED Talk ...


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