Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity (TED Talks)

Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk “How Schools Kill Creativity” is really resonating with me, perhaps because I’m a relatively newly minted father, but also because of experiences of my own education.

In this 2006 talk, Robinson expounds in hilarious and insightful fashion about how the education systems worldwide are mostly geared towards producing candidates for the suitable for employment in the 19th century era of industrialization.

“My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy,and we should treat it with the same status.”

Everything Is A Remix

Kimberly-Clark Corp - Kleenex

Apple fanboys are clearly excited!

As the news filters out to world via the internet of Apple’s legal victory in the U.S. over Samsung and the inevitable rise in value of Kleenex stock as Apple fanboys indulge in releasing their pent up anticipation and pleasure at Apple’s victory (I’m not joking, look at the graph of Kimberly-Clark Corp stock prices I just snapped from Google), allow me to present you with this TED talk: Embracing the Remix”  by Kirby Ferguson.

This is required viewing before discussing the Apple vs. Samsung debacle with me.

We are not self-made. We are dependent on one another. Admitting this to ourselves isn’t an embrace of mediocrity and derivativeness, it’s a liberation from our misconceptions

Are We Easily Distracted Or Just Lazy?

Leo Laporte, while talking about iPads and productivity on TWiT 270, said something which really resonated with me and which I have been saying for a very long time:

I increasingly feel like technology is more about distraction than actually productivity, or creation or innovation. It’s all just a bunch of shiny crap.

As I’ve said to Steven on Daily Brief many times “Welcome to the era of Tonka Toy computing”.

We’re so distracted by the shiny “here and now” of it all that we take the 5 minutes of cheap entertainment over being creative which is infinitely more valuable.

Perhaps it’s an issue of laziness?

Being creative and productive requires effort and thought, but in a world of effortless distraction why would you bother?

The sentence that killed creativity!

I was doing a preliminary logo design in Photoshop late last night for the new company I’m launching in a few months (can’t talk about that sorry!) with the intention of flooding the inbox of my partner for this venture this morning.

He didn’t receive anything from me this morning! Want to know why?

Ex was playing Burning Crusade (dispensing terrible hamster justice!), and I’d just spent about 90 minutes tweaking the first design and was feeling rather chuffed with myself. She gets up and walks past out to the kitchen. On the way back she looks at my screen says says:

Oh, you’re going for the whole thing there?

One thing I definitely was not trying to do was give it a whole 70′s, early 80′s vibe. Also, Brian (have you given up blogging?) can tell you all that I used to have an irrational dislike for Abba music. I’ve tempered that in the last few years, but I still can’t stand them. Oh, and don’t ask how I can live in Scandinavia (their stomping ground) and not like them…

So as you can guess, being told that you’ve spent the last 2 hours designing something that reminds people of something you strongly dislike is a bit of a killer to your creativity.