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Here is an interesting look at the creative flow and direction enabled by the digital age.  Amazing and inspiring performance.

“Sampling isn’t about “hijacking nostalgia wholesale,” says Mark Ronson. It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. In this mind-blowingly original talk, watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of “La Di Da Di,” Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since.” (TED)



As an educator I am always watching random video clips and presentations I find on the Internet, usually to do with teaching, pedagogy, innovation or leadership.  Tonight I stumbled upon this clip in the recommended list on YouTube, after looking at an intro clip on ‘Isle of Tune‘ but more about that later, and I found myself mesmerised by what this teacher was talking about.  Simply it comes down to the simple nature of learning through creative desire.  A basic human trait.  Watch it and see what you think.

This TED talk is a good one for use with senior Design and Technology, Computer Science, IT or Science students.  I could have a lot of fun with some of these toys in my class room.

Yesterday I posted about creativity and potential of thinking a little out of the square.  Here is a TED Talk that shows the result of thinking from the fuure back. That is thinking not by what constrains current concepts and practices but by what do we want to achieve.  Watching this has made me contemplate where these simple and flexible technologies can fit within education.  I am picturing obvious links with computer programming, electronic circuitry, but I am also imagining uses within storytelling, the dramatic arts, art, animation and design.  What fun could be had?

Last year I read a book I keep finding myself returning to titled ‘Creative Genius’ by Peter Fisk (2011). The book explores a view of how creative thinking can be fostered and gives some innovative strategies for design. For me, the most profound part of this book is the first chapter about Leonardo da Vinci. Here Fisk  identifies a theory for why da Vinci was able to think like he did, how he was able to anticipate many great scientific discoveries ahead of time and how he designed many things not possible to construct until long after his life. Fisk proposes that da Vinci utilised 7 principles that enabled him to design ‘From the Future Back’. These are:

  1. Relentless curiosity – unending desire to learn
  2. Seeing more – full observation of one’s senses
  3. Thinking bigger – think broadly and all encompassing
  4. Making connections – allow for fusion between the natural and the physical worlds
  5. Embracing paradox – thriving on uncertainty and ambiguity
  6. Courageous action – always seeking to prove proposed facts
  7. Enlightened mind – exploring new worlds to spark new ideas

So to sum it all up, I like the way that it is proposed to enhance one’s capacity to be creative and to be more aware of what is happening around them. I agree with the concept that this allows for a greater ability to think from the radical and hypothetical future and design back. Finally, I see that there is much potential as an educator to take these principles and to promote them to students and colleagues.

As I watched this TED talk I was astounded at the impact that a change in approach, Perspective as mentioned in a previous post, can have.  Through realising and embracing his actual self, Phil Hansen has been able to demonstrate the highest levels of creativity, achieve many personal goals and in his own words, “to remind ourselves everyday to seize the limitation”.

This would make an excellent stimulus video for education, art, creativity etc…

Because some things are amazing and just simply cool!