The Element – Interview with Sir Ken Robinson

The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. It celebrates the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities. In a humorous way  Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the element and those that stifle that possibility. He shows that age and occupation are no barrier, and that once we have found our path we can help others to do so as well. The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is also an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the twenty-first century.

I’ve had the chance to talk to Sir Ken at the The Aspen Ideas Festival. Here are the “snippets” packed in a youtube player:

Some Snippets – As an Intro
Get it! Love it! Do it! Find it! (1 of 5)
What is SKR’s Element? (2 of 5)
What “teaching” is all about (3 of 5)
Education is a personal process (4 of 5)
Example of a “good” school (5 of 5)

Here is the entire interview.

My personal take away from this interview is: I am in my element;-)

We need Shakespeare and Einstein!

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance.

Just watch this speech he gave 2006 at TED. Monterey.