Let’s see our creative capacities for the richness that they are!

One of the most popular videos on TED is the Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. I have also embedded it below. TED is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading especially in the areas of technology, entertainment, and design. Ken discusses why don’t we get the best out of people? He believes it is perhaps we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers.

In the video, Ken defines creativity as

…the process of having original ideas that have value — more often than not comes about through the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things.

He discusses that we know three things about intelligence:

  • It is diverse…
    We think of the world in abstract terms by the ways of experience e.g., visually, sound, kinesthetically…
  • It is dynamic…
    Think of the human brain and all its halves, compartments, nerves and their interaction with one another…
  • It is distinct…
    You will know it when you see it…

The video culminates with Ken aspiring us to see our own creative capacities for the richness they are so let’s not fall into the rut of “assembly line instructional design” which was discussed yesterday in Fostering Creative Design Opportunities and “work-a-holism” mentioned in What is killing your creativity?


About DaveHallmon

With experience in web, graphic, and instructional design, Dave maintains a balance between what is efficient and effective in every message. He always focuses on the why and how rather than "just doing it" to get the job done. By day he works at a leading university designing online courses that support 9,000 students in 64 countries. He works directly with faculty to brainstorm, design, and develop their online instruction utilizing the Adobe suite. He also teaches for the university as an adjunct faculty member in the area of web design. By night he is a devoted husband, father, freelancer, and adventurer of the outdoors. His other interests include LifeHacker, Science Fiction and Hayao Miyazaki movies, Settlers of Catan, and coffee with friends. He currently lives in St. Louis and has an M.S. in Instructional Design and aspires to pursue a professional degree in content marketing and strategy. Visit the links below for more information about his interests and design work.
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