Imagine the little children

One of the most challenging aspects of much organisational life is a lack of imagination, often reflected in inertia and a fear of change. Why should it be so? We aren’t born that way, argues creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson. Children are naturally curious, imaginative and fearless – then they go to school. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Sir Ken said in a widely circulated 2006 TED address that continues to resonate. A significant intellectual figure in Britain, now based in Los Angeles, Sir Ken led a British Government inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy and was knighted in 2003. He continues to stoke public debate about education and has written two best-selling books on creativity, including his latest, The Element: How finding your passion changes everything. “What Einstein seemed to understand,” he writes, “is that intellectual growth and creativity come through embracing the dynamic nature of intelligence. Growth comes through analogy, through seeing how things connect rather than only seeing how they might be different.”



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