All of these speakers had a great approach to creativity. David Kelly’s idea was creative in itself being that he put together the psychology of phobias and the fact that a lot of people don’t consider themselves creative, which is an underlining fear. He used the snake as a metaphor for those who shy away from anything to do with the label or creativity. But unlike a snake, whose role in ecology is important, creativity is not highly valued in the human ecology of society. There are many who don’t believe creativity is a keystone species. I have experienced those who treat the arts as something over there and it doesn’t affect them in any way. They put it in a glass cage and sometimes observe it as an eccentric activity. To really get people to open up to being creative, society would have to change its attitude about it, which is a slow process.
Dan Phillips is a smart person, with a lot of courage to forget what society wants and accepts. The psychology behind what he says is also very true and need to be implemented. I love the idea of recycling to build unique, organic houses. I avoid the suburbs because it makes me so made seeing all the waste of conformity. But many have done and said what he has before. How long has this sustainability conversation gone on? Longer than I’ve been alive there have been scientists and economist telling us we are in trouble with the state of the planet. Still there is no sign of massive change that will actually do anything. Sure, we can spend more money on a green car and bring our own bags to the grocery store to muffle guilty thoughts in our consciousness. But I don’t believe that we will change the way we need to till it is in our face and ruining our comfortable living. Not until the trash piles up in our own yard, because that is when everyone can’t ignore the problem. That is when people will realize creativity is important in solving problems.
Sir Ken Robinson also smart and knows what he is talking about. I read his book over the summer and really enjoyed it. He has the same problem as the past two; the education system is going to change very, very, very slowly. Everyone is so used to this industrialized system. We know how it works, how to get ahead, how to work the system and we know how everyone compares to each other. People love comparing themselves to others. In a new system, no one would know who is shining and who is failing behind. This is why an education revolution is scary. Change is scary to us. We fear it when we see predator spots behind a bush instead of more bush stripes. But this would be good in the sense of there would be a freedom from the standardization. People could think with movement, and there would be more people dancing Broadway performances. The education system would hopefully be driven by intrinsic motivation and not extrinsic. This would improve human happiness. Maybe it would also get rid of the standard American Dream of a wasteful house. It would get rid of the pressure to get a highly valued engineering job that is valued just because it feeds the consumption demands of the iPhone 5.
Now, Mae Jemison, knows what is up. She tells us the truth that we are not doing anything and lagging behind. I like this. TED talks are fun and cool, and you get to sit there and watch a video. After the video or talk you feel inspired and open to new thinking. Yay! Then that moment is over in 20 minutes. You either continue sitting on your butt and watch another one, or go about your day trolling on Facebook. This talk was given in 2002. My last year in high school I saw an improvement in the education there. There are now two SEPARATE and completely different “tracks” you can take. One is called VPA for visual and preforming arts and one is STEM; science, technology engineering and mathematics. I am thankful I was too far ahead to enter one of these. I wouldn’t know which one to join. Why should high schoolers have to decide? They are still trying to discover themselves. The whole point of her talk was integrating them and seven years later my high school just broke open the crack in the ground, created a massive canyon and dumped a white water river between the arts and sciences. This is what annoys me about TED talks; a whole lota talking and no walking.