TED on Creativity

In keeping with our collection of videos, lectures and articles on history, knowledge and education: We’d like to introduce you to a series of lectures hosted and presented by TED on creativity and education.

In 2006 Sir Ken Robinson delivered a poignant, funny and inspiring lecture on society, education and our attitude to the creative arts. At this time TED was beginning to put its lectures online through YouTube and as one of the first to be put up, Ken’s lecture soon became a hit with professionals and students of all disciplines.

In 2010 TED explored the idea of innovation and creativity further with a series of lectures on how to be creative or rather how to not limit your creativity. It doesn’t take long to see how these gems relate to b-boying, and in fact TED invited the company and dance group LXD to give a demonstration and talk as part of the 2010 series, check it out Here.

So we’ve posted a few videos of the lectures below for your viewing pleasure, but please watch the entire Playlist: Ted on Creativity on our YouTube channel.



Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Civilizations are defined by their arts, and yet we’ve created a hierarchy of subjects within our education systems that puts creativity and the creative arts at the bottom of our priorities. Sir Ken Robinson illuminates the potential problems with limiting our creative development in educating our youths for an unpredictable future.


Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play

Following on from Sir Ken Robinson’s observations, Tim Brown offers a potential antidote to the limits we put on our own creativity in the form of play.


Gever Tulley teaches life lessons through tinkering

Gever’s short but sweet presentation shows how children can be innovative and deliver the goods when given the freedom and guidance to do so.


Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

Error is often a route to creativity and Kathryn Schulz warns us of the dangers of being blind to our errs. Although relevant to all aspects of life, this presentation illuminates the benefit of sometimes accepting your flaws, wrongs and weaknesses to create something better.


Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

Ken picks up where he left off in 2006… if you’ve made it this far, you’ll enjoy and learn from this for sure.