Ever met a small child that can’t sing?
Or one who says they can’t dance?
Paint? Draw? Act?
No, you won’t have done. They just do it, play, dance, sing etc. It’s only as they get older that they learn that singing, dancing, drawing aren’t things that everyone does, it’s reserved for people who are “good at” those things.
Walking down the street or chatting with friends is considered normal, but anything requiring “creativity” is reserved for only a few.
This nice piece talks about why this happens.
Have you ever seen a program or show by Derren Brown? If so, you might believe magic does exist in some real sense. What he does during a show is nothing short of breathtaking and has people scratching heads and whispering loudly as to how his wizardry is achieved. Recently I went to see his latest stage show, Infamous. Without giving away any of the details of the show (which was excellent), it made me think about creativity, talent and the path people travel to develop their skills. He weaves a story throughout the show about the trials of his childhood. It seems much of what happened shaped him and helped him hone his skills and passion, and, in some way, developed his desire to be infamous.
Sir Ken Robinson spoke in his 2006 TED talk about creativity and how the whole of our education system (indeed all education systems…
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