Thursday, 5 February 2009
As promised, today I went to see Sir Ken Robinson present at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London. The presentation was titled after his latest book 'The Element: How finding your passion changes everything'.
It was fantastic. The RSA is such a great institution and building to hold such a talk, and the crowd were brimming with excitement and appeared eagerly expectant for an engaging and entertaining talk. Ken Robinson is definitely engaging.
On a postcard, Ken proposes that from his experience, too many adults are 'bumping along the bottom' doing what they thought they were good at, what gets them by, and ultimately just 'aiming too low and succeeding'. He went on to emphasise that this isn't enough, and that we should all strive to be in our 'element' and do something which 'resonates' within us when our talent meets our passion. Change and decisions like these aren't easy, but they are being thought about especially when an economic crisis brings about opportunity for change. On a larger level, organisations should welcome diversity over conformity, and should be recognised as organisms rather than mechanisms which flourish when personal capabilities and passions are enriched.
I cant wait to get stuck into the book!
To see more, check out http://www.thersa.org/ soon for a video of this event.