My Brain and I are sad today. I just found out that a wonderfully unique and accomplished scholar and gentleman passed away a couple of days ago. We met this intelligent, kind and witty man a little over a decade ago when he was generous enough to sit down for a two-hour interview with my business partner and I for our Imagine It! Project. We were fortunate to not only have those two hours with him but we enjoyed a couple of long lunches with him as well.
His name is Sir Ken Robinson.
I’ve been involved in interviews with literally hundreds of people of the past three decades and many of them have since passed. Few, if any, have affected my brain and I like Sir Ken.
Among his many accomplishments he has also written several best selling books about education and creativity including, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life and Out of Our Minds: The Power of Being Creative. If you’d like to be inspired and learn why education doesnt' have to be the way it is, I highly recommend looking up his videos and reading his books.
Even though he has passed, thankfully his words and speeches live on – and I’m certain that those who’s lives he’s touched; teachers, administrators, parents and students, will carry on his quest to reinvent and reimagine our education system. As many challenges as we face in that regard these days, I can only hope that they can be viewed as opportunities to better an outdated system that is in dire need of transformation.
A big thank you and cheers to Sir Ken for living a life of purpose and meaning, and all my best to his family and loved ones. The world is a better place for him spending his time with us.