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August 30, 2007



While I agree that Ken Robinson is a little more entertaining, I felt that Buzan's delivery was more powerful. His direct style makes it unambiguously clear how much we as a society need to do something about this. Ultimately, both are very inspiring.

Thank you for this post.

Michael Sporer

I've watched Ken Robinson's TED talk 4 times! Buzan's is a bit dry, but hits the point directly. I agree, everyone has a creative spark. And Dan Pink's book "A Whole New Mind" opened my eyes a bit.

Caroline Schneider

Well, Garr,
if you wanted to do me a personal favour I would be EXTREMELY interested in the pictures/slides you use when presenting your "be creative"-appeal in audiences.
And, of course, I already spread the creativity-gospel as often as I can.

Luis Iturriaga

Dear Garr:

I really agree with you, creativity is well misunderstood. I usually teach courses on management skills and creativity is a "must". I usually tell people that we are all creative, as an example I ask everybody to take a white paper and to draw a "Pritukume". At first everybody looks at me in amazement and then I encourage them to draw. At the end of the excercise we get some pretty creative work, though not very artistic. And that is where I make my point. An artist expresses his/her creativity through his/her artistic skills (painting, music, dance, etc.) But anyone can express their creativity as a worksheet for an accountant, a mesauring system for an engineer and so on. Once a CFO told me at the end of a course that the most amazing thing that happen to him was to discover that he was indeed creative!

Ido Schacham

This post, Buzan's talk, also Robinson's talk really hit deep. They are so correct in what they say. What I find very sad though is how society drowns creativity, and I don't think this is a coincidence.

I recently talked about it with a friend of mine who's an artist how there are powers in society that want to be sheep herders. But to have a herd of sheep, you can't have black sheep thinking for themselves going astray all the time. No, you need regular white sheep who follow the herd and can be confined to wherever you please them to go.

I think this is at least part of the reason why creativity is being killed, a very unfortunate reason that I despise. I'm still relatively young, but as I grow older and try to hang on to being creative, I see how people around me are drowned and start thinking in linear ways, trying to pull me in into the herd.

So changing the education system is important, but I believe we should first be aware of the powers that wish to drown creativity so that we could extinguish them. We also have to make sure new "creative" education systems don't supply just one kind of creativity, one way of thinking (as I believe was slightly implied towards the end of Buzan's talk). Even when learning how to learn there are many different ways and methods. Maybe a teacher should adopt Socrates' idea, of him being a midwife to thought, helping to give birth, but allowing the process to happen naturally.

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