Creativity and Fear

A recurring theme in my life and work is how can we be more innovative and more secure? The huge challenges and opportunities of our world today need us to be creative but also to manage our fears.

Often we treat Creativity and Fear as mutually exclusive:

“I love that picture son, now let’s get those maths questions completed just as your teacher showed you so you can do better at school”

However, we’ve got to learn how to work our creativity, our fear, together. These blogs Let’s Talk About Creativity (by Kameron Hurley) and The single greatest inhibitor to creativity is fear (by Scott Myers) are brilliant reads on this. We want to be creative but channeling our creative impulses is no small feat. Is creativity something we are born with or can we learn it?

In this hour, TED speakers examine the mystery of creativity. Listening to this again triggered me to look back at the amazing TedTalks and recent book ( Navigate Your Way to the Best Education) from Sir Ken Robinson on Education.

Sir Ken’s work focuses particularly on Education as we traditionally think of it, for our children. However, in a world where we need infinite learning (to be as creative as we need for todays complexity) the ideas Sir Ken brings are relevant to all of us I believe. To quote the TED profile:

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.

I agree with Sir Ken and would broaden the view from students to all of us. We need a highly personalized, organic approach to learning that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students. We need learning for tomorrow.

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