November 16, 2022
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CTech Book Review: A Manifesto for a Better World

By on October 27, 2022 0

Noa Eshed is the co-host of the Real Life Superpowers podcast. She joined CTech to share a review of Sir Ken Robinson’s “Imagine If…Creating a Future for All of Us.”

Title: “Imagine if…creating a future for all of us”
Author: Ken Robinson
Format: Book, audiobook
Where: House

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Noa Eshed, co-host of the Real Life Superpowers podcast

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In this book, Sir Ken Robinson invites us to question current education systems and imagine a new world where learning is personalized and creativity is nurtured. It highlights the flaws of standardized testing, rote memorization and conformity, and the potential of education to truly transform individuals and society.

It emphasizes the importance of diversity, both in student perspectives and backgrounds and in subjects and approaches to education. It highlights the need for a more holistic understanding of intelligence, moving away from narrow academic measures and embracing multiple forms of intelligence.

Sir Ken Robinson challenges us to break free from outdated notions and systems and boldly imagine and create a better future for education and society as a whole. It empowers us to be agents of change and actively work for a more equitable and fulfilling world for all.

Sir Ken’s work reminds us of what we are capable of as human beings if the conditions are right. He urges us to change our education system and business methods so that every person has the potential to reach their highest level.

Robinson argued that what sets humans apart from other organisms on Earth is our imaginations: the ability to bring to mind things we cannot see or touch. It is this power of imagination that allows us not only to exist in the world, but also to create it. And once we have created it, we have the possibility to modify it again.

Here are some key takeaways and quotes that resonated with me:

  • “I understand, I love him, I want him, where is he” – the dash between the dates of birth and death of a person indicates what he has done with his life. This element is where our personal passions meet our natural abilities. In other words, it’s the place where we like to do things and where we are good at the same time. I completely understand – I want it too! So where can we find it?

  • We thrive when the culture is good. An education system fails because of tests and results. It succeeds when individuals are recognized and the diversity of their talents is celebrated. It succeeds when children are fulfilled and continue to live fulfilled lives.

The full flow of our lives is much smoother than a linear version.

For most of us, the only time our lives seem to matter is when we sit down to write our resume. At this point we do our best to hide the utter chaos we have been through in order to give the impression that we are following an elaborate life plan.

The story ignores ups and downs, bumps and twists, dead ends and backtracks, and restarting in new directions. Fall and get up. It doesn’t take into account unexpected opportunities, impulsive decisions, learning and development, situations beyond our control, and the growth that comes from it all.

Life is rarely a straight line moving across a page.

Real life is more like a nice scribble, looping across the page. Life is complex and unpredictable. And thanks to our powers of imagination and creativity, we are able to find our way around.

  • It is almost impossible to predict the direction of technological advances and where they will take us. How can schools prepare students to navigate this ever-changing economic landscape? They should connect students with their unique talents and interests. Dissolve the divide between academic and professional programs and foster practical partnerships between schools and the world of work so that young people can experience work environments as part of their education. Not just when it’s time for them to enter the job market.

  • Creativity is the process of putting your imagination to work.

  • Each of us is a source of talent and resources, and if we were to devote our efforts to nurturing this potential rather than systematically suppressing it, the world would be a much better place for all of us.

Imagine if we used our incredible abilities to create a world in which each person had a deep understanding of their own unique talents.

Imagine if we built systems that lift us up instead of bringing us down.

Imagine if we embraced adversities rather than running away from them.

I think this manifesto can be read as utopian, and not practical enough, because it doesn’t give many practical tools. However, I think the mindset is revolutionary and I sincerely hope it will have a positive impact.

Who should read this book:

Anyone in the education system/parents – for obvious reasons. But beyond the obvious, I believe leaders can gain a very interesting perspective on motivations and potential. It can help empower you towards greatness.