Creativity in Education and Training

I was listening to an interview with the author and educator, Sir Ken Robinson, on BBC Radio 4 this morning in which he outlined his thoughts on how education kills creativity. He argues that modern school systems push people through a process which fails to allow them to use and develop their talents.

The video of his TED presentation has been viewed over 28 million times since it was published in 2006 and is a fantastic lecture in which he presents his argument with humour and enthusiasm.

And my contention is, all kids have tremendous talents. And we squander them, pretty ruthlessly. Sir Ken Robinson, TED Conference 2006

My favorite quotation from the presentation is above- and I think that this has tremendous relevance for learning and development.

How does this relate to L&D

I believe that there is scope to encourage creativity and curiosity in an organisation's learning and development plan. Creativity offers the opportunity to solve organisational challenges at a high level, but also make improvements to the day-to-day humdrum activities that contribute to the bottom line of the organisation.

How are you encouraging creativity in your organisation? Do you have any tips to share? Leave a comment below.

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Dr Adam Chester is a cofounder of Prodeceo.

He is excited about empowering Training Managers and Learning and Development professionals with technology that is easy to use.

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