Ask creative folks how their talent was revealed and you’ll probably hear a story of happenstance: my uncle gave me a camera, I got crayons for Christmas, my preschool teacher was a dancer or a likewise charming story of discovery.
It seems as though opportunity found them. The fit was good; Aptitude harmonizing with occasion led to passion. Not everyone has talent to be a musician, artist, or writer but we all have talent for something if we can find it and – with luck – get the education that enhances the find.
Historically our education skips this important discovery step. Schooling gives priority to Math, Languages and Humanities in that order, followed distantly by the arts. Did we ever have a creativity class? Mostly we were taught to fear failure and follow formula.
Sir Ken Robinson’s TED presentation video has been widely distributed. Permission to Suck is only the latest since its release in 2006 and won’t be the last. Regardless, it would be almost irresponsible for a site devoted to creativity to evade posting a Sir Ken Robinson presentation.
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong you will not come up with anything original.” – Sir Ken Robinson
Here’s an alternate presentation of you’ve seen the TED video: Sir Ken Robinson: A New View of Human Capacity
BIOGRAPHY (via Sir Ken Robinson website)
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources and a New York Times Bestselling author. He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.
For twelve years, he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now Professor Emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Open University and the Central School of Speech and Drama; Birmingham City University and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He was been honored with the Athena Award of the Rhode Island School of Design for services to the arts and education; the Peabody Medal for contributions to the arts and culture in the United States, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005 he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s.Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts and education. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.