Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He’s seconded by 12-year-old Amy O’Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: “Once upon a time … “
“Empathy isn’t just something that expands your moral universe. Empathy is something that can make you a more creative thinker, improve your relationships, can create the human bonds that make life worth living. But, more than that, empathy is also about social change — radical social change.”
In 1919, at which point he was just 9-years-old, Samuel Barber wrote the following letter to his mother and left it on his desk for her to find. She did, and a year later Barber began to compose his first opera, “The Rose Tree.” He was still only 26 years of age when, in 1936, he finished his most famous work, “Adagio for Strings.” Samuel Barber went on to win worldwide acclaim for his work and numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Music twice.
NOTICE to Mother and nobody else
Dear Mother: I have written this to tell you my worrying secret. Now don’t cry when you read it because it is neither yours nor my fault. I suppose I will have to tell it now without any nonsense. To begin with I was not meant to be an athlet [sic]. I was meant to be a composer, and will be I’m sure. I’ll ask you one more thing.—Don’t ask me to try to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football.—Please—Sometimes I’ve been worrying about this so much that it makes me mad (not very),
Reminding us to let children discover their passion and follow their motivation in life.
The first ‘Think Different’ commercial “Here’s to the Crazy Ones”, narrated by Steve Jobs - a version that never aired. 1997.
Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon (with Yoko Ono), Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham, Jim Henson (with Kermit the Frog), Frank Lloyd Wright and Pablo Picasso. The young girl at the end is Shaan Sahota
Kid’s everywhere can now gain practical skills through an exciting new world of their own. I wrote a post about my kid’s fascination with DIY when it first launched a few months ago, but this new movie clip gets them buzzing with excitement.
Not only are my children often found deep in concentration with their own latest creation, but they are also fascinated scanning the huge collection of other kid’s inspiring creations online in the DIY community and checking out the many challenges that interest them to earn ‘Skill Badges’. It’s much like their local Scouts group but connecting into a global DIY community. It’s changing the way kid’s can share, inspire and learn from each other across the world.
Mr Six has been so busy working away on various creations and challenges we’ve now just got to upload his latest projects to his own DIY portfolio and earn some of those Badges.
Mr Four can never miss out and is proudly following right behind him working on his own portfolio and it won’t be long before little sister joins in too am sure.
At the age of 15, Prof Sir John Gurdon ranked last out of the 250 boys in his Eton year group at biology, and was in the bottom set in every other science subject.
Sixty-four years later he has been recognised as one of the finest minds of his generation after being awarded the £750,000 annual prize, which he shares with Japanese stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka.
Speaking after learning of his award in London on Monday, Sir John revealed that his school report still sits above his desk at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, which is named in his honour.
Grades are poor measures of one’s potential to be curious.
Follow Your Creative Curiosity & Trust That The Dots Will Connect In The Future.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
Nurturing The Creative Mind Of Our Future Innovators.
There is a concept known as 'beginner’s mind' which is said to be an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions, very similar to that of a child.
This site explores the 'beginner's mind' creative abilities of children at play and the connection to design thinkers and innovators.
Children are open to exploration, discovery and experimentation. They learn about their world around them by pushing the limits, discovering what’s possible and what’s not.
Children are hard-wired to be creative, imaginative and innovative- abilities that often diminish along the way.
Maybe we can better understand these inherent creative skills during play and learning, to help us encourage and support a new breed of innovative thinkers more prepared to solve future challenges of our world.