Friday 23rd January at BETT 2015


I had the opportunity to visit the annual BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) Show and the great pleasure to attend Sir Ken Robinson’s talk “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative”, which borrows its title from one of his ground-breaking books.

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is an internationally recognised leader in the development of education, an author and creativity expert who advocates for a diverse curriculum, local input into education strategies, and moving successful aspects of “alternative” education programs into the mainstream.

Sir Robinson spoke passionately about the kinds of creativity that we need today in our organisations and our society. He commented on the difference between “academic ability”, “intelligence” and the creativity that is a vital necessity in today’s world.

Robinson also referred to one of his best-selling books “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative”. A brief summary is below:

“It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way and you lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the other way and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realize our true creative potential-in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities-we need to think differently about ourselves and to act differently towards each other. We must learn to be creative.” – Ken Robinson

For more information about the Show please explore BETT 2015 highlights by day.

Dr K. Aries – Learning Technology Advisor (Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching – CELT, UEL)

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