Sir Ken Robinson, author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative, and The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, spoke at TED a few years ago about how we’re born creative until we unlearn it. If you know a child who can’t sit still (and which of them can anymore?), you’ll love the story of Gillian Lynne.
It’s time to unlearn our unlearning. Even Robinson’s second edition of Out of Our Minds turned into a far more extensive revision than he expected because the world had changed so dramatically. We can’t even imagine what’s next, and yet we’re preparing children for that future.
Between sharing two of her own polished pieces, poet Sarah Kay shares her own creative emergence and that of her students. She suggests listing ten things you know to be true. Try it. See what you could write that only you could write.
Sarah’s also a great example of reaching out for mentoring and passing that on.