It was five years ago that Ken Robinson’s TED talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” sparked an increased awareness in how broken our education system is, and how we have abandoned the idea that creativity can insight learning, and thinking. Like Al Gore’s talk on An Inconvenient Truth about the climate crisis, and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Ken Robinson used the platform of TED to insight social change. Robinson’s 19 minute presentation is the most viewed of all time.
What it did was give voice to what so many of us think about but don’t know what to do about—the fact that we’re obsessed with and misdiagnosing A.D.H.D.; and we’re overmedicating students; and we’re failing to prepare the next generation for the challenges that lie ahead. And, we’re failing to recognize the value of creativity in preparing children for a vibrant and contributory life.
This month, Ken Ken publishes Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life—expanding on those 19 minutes, as an attempt to keep the thinking, and knowledge about this issue top of mind. And, to remind us how we all need to use creativity in our lives—whether we are a teenager, a parent, or a business executive. Check it out here.