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http://www.ted.com Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines)...
Ken Robinson on Passion from The School of Life on Vimeo.
Ken Robinson believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential? For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail
- it’s just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed. We need to find that magic spot where our natural talent meets our personal passion. This means we need to know ourselves better. Whilst we content ourselves with doing what we’re competent at, but don’t truly love, we’ll never excel. And, according to Ken, finding purpose in our work is essentially to knowing who we really are. Get ready to unleash your inner fervor as Ken takes to our pulpit to inspire you to follow your passion.
During the early part of my training as a civilian pilot/air traffic controller in the 1960's I was
first introduced to the mind-blowing experience of "flying" a de Havilland Trident Simulator. It was
mind-blowing for me, as a dyslexic 3D thinker, because my own vision as a child was of a future
time when we would be able to personally experience a simulation of the reality such that we would
not be able to tell the difference between the simulation and the reality.
Many moons later in California, whilst speaking to
the female dyslexic designer of the very latest
Silicon Graphics workstation - I was introduced to
Thomas West's epic book IN THE MIND's EYE -
as a result of which I helped to set up an event
of the same name.
This high-profile bravura
exhibition in London's West End
was the first of its kind to set
before the general public the
work of artists and designers
who suffer from dyslexia.
Most of the 73 exhibitors were
members of the ADT - otherwise
known as the Arts Dyslexia Trust
and the idea was to present work,
not only from the fine arts, but from designers of all kinds including
scientists and engineers.
To my absolute amazement the supposed
Dyslexic Experts of Education, were
seemingly incredulous of the fact that I had
been an Air Traffic Controller and somewhat
miffed when I addressed a conference of
several hundred specialist teachers of
dyslexic children - and then asked them
how many of them were left handed?,
just a few hands were raised, and then
how many were dyslexic? - none
to which raising of hands, I declared
that only dyslexics could teach dyslexics
because you had to be one to understand one.
You were meant to do great things for the world. Without your mind pigeonholed in a constant
survival/slavelike stagnation trap (i.e., your routine-rut job), your mind will begin to function as it
was designed. Your creative mind will begin to seek that which deeply motivates you. Most
human beings are motivated to bring good into the world.
When you become deeply motivated and creative, bringing values to mankind,
then you will live with exciting exhilaration and enthusiasm every day.
The Cure Zone
In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors & thinkers -
creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative,
the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is
supposed to be an asset, even a virtue. Online job boards burst with ads recruiting “idea people” and
“out of the box” thinkers. We are taught that our own creativity will be celebrated as well, and that if
we have good ideas, we will succeed.
IT's ALL a LIE. This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t
actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along ...
People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise.
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