How to Bring about Change, and other thoughts – insights from Sir Ken Robinson’s Creative Schools

Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson

If you’ve never watched Ken Robinson’s TED Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity?, then you are behind the times. It is the most viewed TED Talk ever. (Click here to watch it). Although, from his book Creative Schools:

“I know that’s not as many views as Miley Cyrus gets. But I don’t twerk.”

His book is worth reading (actually, this is the second book I have read by him, and they were both worth reading; he has written many other books I probably should add to my reading stack!), and he is also a very engaging writer. Today at the Urban Engagement Book Club sponsored by CitySquare, I will present my synopsis of his book Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution that’s Transforming Education. I will post my lessons and takeaways, and a few highlights from the book, probably tomorrow. But, here are three quick items worth noting:

Ken Robinson on the path to change: 51yie0pqv8l-_sx329_bo1204203200_

To do that, you need three forms of understanding:

#1 — a critique of the way things are
#2 — a vision of how they should be
#3 — and a theory of change for how to move from one to the other.  


Ken Robinson on the reality of globalization (he acknowledged that he saw this circulating on the web):

“Being British means driving home in a German car, stopping to buy an Indian curry or an Italian pizza, then spending the evening sitting on Swedish furniture, drinking Belgian beer, and watching American programs on a Japanese TV. And the most British thing of all? Suspicion of anything foreign.”


Ken Robinson on the difference between leadership and management:

There’s a difference between leadership and management. Leadership is about vision; management is about implementation. Both are essential. Great leaders may be great managers, and vice versa. The difference is in the role they take in any given context.   

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s