Ken Robinson is one of my favorites on ted.com. His original ted talk in 2006 on how our school system kills creativity is worth watching. His second performance at Ted in 2010, Robinson’s focus is on our crisis in human resources – the lack of creativity. He states that human resources are like natural resources – they are buried deep and you have to go digging for them. He calls for a revolution in education and I cannot agree more. Our schools are failing to develop the levels of creativity and innovation necessary to move us out of this economic crisis. Robinson compares our current education system to fast food where everything is standardized to the lowest common denominator. We need to do better if we are to survive.
In his new book, The Element, Robinson interviews some of the most successful people on the planet to discover how found a way to live their passion and survive. His point rests on our need for communities that have a diversity of talent, not a singular conception of ability. If we focus on our passion – that which excites our spirit and our energy – what a difference it makes to the health and wealth of our organizations and our communities.
Food for thought for the summer.