23/07/2012

The passion according to Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson is a British educator, writer and lecturer, expert on issues related to creativity, quality of education, innovation and human resources. PhD from the University of London since 1981, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 because of the relevance of his activity in the study of the relations between education and art. Currently, he is a professor emeritus at the University of Warwick (UK).

In 1998, the British government put him in charge of the national advisory committee on creative education and culture, where he carried out the greatest national research on the importance of creativity in the education and the economy of the United Kingdom. As a result of his work at such committee, the ‘Robinson Report’ was published, which had a great impact by highlighting the lack of support that had previously received creativity and noted the importance of this in the future, not only of the country but of Humanity itself.

Besides the British government, during his career he has worked for other governments like that of Hong Kong, Singapore and the European Commission. His main works are ‘The element: How finding your passion changes everything’, translated to more than 20 languages, and ‘Out of our minds: Learning to be creative’.

In this video, which includes his full lecture at The School of Life in March 2011, Robinson explains that each and every one of us has a passion, it’s hard to be happy without finding it and education is crucial to recognize it and enhance it.

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La mayoría de los estudios realizados hasta la fecha aseguran que, para poder hablar de genialidad, además de estudio, trabajo y tesón, hace falta además algo innato. Concluiríamos, entonces, que los grandes nacen y se hacen, aunque la proporción de lo uno y lo otro se desequilibra hacia lo segundo. El documental Mi gran cerebro, producido por National Geographic, en el que colabora el norteamericano Arthur Toga, profesor del Departamento de Neurología en la Universidad de California, apunta en esa dirección. Pero hay algunas voces que discrepan. El escritor, periodista y cineasta David Shenk, en su libro El genio que todos llevamos dentro, se enfrenta a este determinismo imperante y niega que exista eso que llamamos talento innato. Shenk trata de probar que los estímulos del medio o nuestros propios nervios son capaces de activar o desactivar la influencia de los genes. De ahí que nuestro talento esté definido por la manera en la que utilizamos la herencia que hemos recibido, más la interacción con el mundo que nos rodea. No podemos explicar por qué un niño de tres años es capaz de tocar una melodía de Beethoven, pero sí entendemos que una joven que no nació con un cerebro privilegiado puede convertirse en maestra de ajedrez a base de una educación excepcional, disciplina y entrenamiento. De eso se trata: de potenciar y conseguir lo que está en nuestras manos, lo que depende de nosotros. Eso exige dedicación y cierto sacrificio. Sólo hace falta que estemos dispuestos a ello.This is one of the important questions that human beings have been thinking about since the begging of time. Who knows for what purpose, perhaps that of turning us all into potential geniuses. Would that be possible? Talking about the issue, one always thinks of Mozart, Einstein, Picasso and lately Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. How are we going to compare to them? It seems impossible. And that is due, in part, to the many scientific researchs that have been carried out on the issue. Yes, it seems that with proper education, and in a favorable environment, everyone can develop incredible skills. But, can we talk about genius? Most of the studies say that in order to speak about genius, something innate is needed in addition to study, work and determination. We will conclude then that the great are born and made even though the proportion of one and other it is majorly unbalanced to second. The documentary My big brain, produced by National Geographic, and in which the American Arthur Toga, Professor of Neurology at the University of California, collaborates, points in that direction. However, there are some voices, which disagree with this opinions. In his book The genius in everyone, the writer, journalist and filmmaker David Shenk faces this prevailing determinism and denies what we call innate talent. Shenk tries to prove that environmental stimuli or our own nerves are able to activate or deactivate the influence of genes. Hence, our talent is defined by how we use the inheritance we have received, plus the interaction with the world around us. We cannot explain why a three year old is capable of playing a melody by Beethoven, but we understand that a young woman, who was not born with a privileged intelligence, can become a chess teacher based on an outstanding education, discipline and training. That’s the point: to enhance and achieve what is in our hands, which depends on us. This requires commitment and some sacrifice. You only need to be willing to do so." ["post_title"]=> string(94) "¿Los grandes nacen o se hacen?Are the great born or made?" 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Fue sometido a resonancias magnéticas nucleares y conectado a 256 sensores para detectar su nivel de estrés, irritabilidad, enfado, placer, satisfacción y multitud de sensaciones diferentes, y los resultados fueron comparados con los obtenidos en cientos de voluntarios cuya felicidad fue clasificada en niveles que iban del +0.3 —muy infeliz— a –0.3 —muy feliz—. Matthieu logró –0.45, desbordando los límites previstos en el estudio, superando todos los registros anteriores y ganándose un título que él mismo no termina de aceptar. Prefiere limitarse a resaltar que efectivamente la cantidad de 'emociones positivas' que produce su cerebro está 'muy lejos de los parámetros normales'. Matthieu es un monje budista que reside en el monasterio Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling, en Nepal. Nació en París en 1946 y es hijo de Jean-François Revel, un filósofo francés de renombre, por lo que creció rodeado de la élite intelectual francesa. Doctorado en genética molecular en el Instituto Pasteur, tras terminar su tesis doctoral en 1972 decidió abandonar la carrera científica y concentrarse en la práctica del budismo tibetano. Vivió en el Himalaya y fue discípulo de Kangyur Rinpoche, maestro de una ancestral escuela budista de la tradición Nyingma. Después se convirtió en discípulo cercano de Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche hasta su muerte en 1991, y desde entonces es asesor personal del decimocuarto Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. En esta entrevista, realizada en el canal Vision, explica cómo la felicidad es algo que puede conseguirse a través del aprendizaje y el entrenamiento, igual que leer, escribir, andar en bicicleta o tocar música de Mozart.After years of study of his brain in the affective neuroscience laboratory at the University of Wisconsin, USA, in April 2007 Matthieu Ricard was considered as 'the happiest man in the world'. He was subjected to nuclear magnetic resonance and connected to 256 sensors to detect his stress, irritability, anger, pleasure, satisfaction and many different sensations, and the results were compared with those obtained from hundreds of volunteers whose happiness was classified at levels ranged from 0.3 (very unhappy) to -0.3 (very happy). Matthieu managed to -0.45, overflowing the limits provided in the study, surpassing all previous records and earning a title that he does not accept. He prefers to highlight that effectively the amount of 'positive emotions' that produces his brain is 'far from normal parameters'. Matthieu is a Buddhist monk who resides in the Dargyeling Tennyi Shechen monastery in Nepal. He was born in Paris in 1946 and is the son of Jean-François Revel, a French philosopher of renown, so he grew up surrounded by the French intellectual elite. PhD in molecular genetics at the Pasteur Institute, after completing his doctoral thesis in 1972 decided to abandon the scientific career and concentrate on the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. He lived in the Himalayas and was a disciple of Kangyur Rinpoche, master of an ancient Buddhist school of the Nyingma tradition. Then it became a close disciple of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche until his death in 1991, and since then is personal adviser to the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. In this interview, conducted on channel Vision, he explains how happiness is something that can be achieved through learning and training, just like reading, writing, bicycling or playing music of Mozart." 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Dejó su puesto de director territorial en la caja de ahorros donde llevaba trabajando 30 años para embarcarse en un nuevo proyecto: Triodos Bank, banco holandés creado en 1980 cuyo objetivo principal es ayudar a construir una sociedad más humana y sostenible. El banco invierte en cooperación al desarrollo, tecnología aplicada al Medio Ambiente, comercio justo o empresas socialmente responsables, y nunca en tabaco, armas o energía nuclear, por ejemplo. Y Juan Antonio habla de cosas tan chocantes en boca de un banquero como amor, espiritualidad, arte o libertad.'The art should be as important as education, math or grammar, because it develops our emotional capacity'. He left his position as regional director in the savings bank where he had worked 30 years to embark on a new project: Triodos Bank, a Dutch bank created in 1980 whose main objective is to help build a more human and sustainable society. The bank invests in development cooperation, technology applied to the environment, fair trade and socially responsible companies, and never in snuff, weapons or nuclear energy, for example. And Juan Antonio speaks about things so shocking coming from a banker as love, spirituality, art or freedom." 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Doctora en filosofía, Begoña Román obtuvo el premio extraordinario de licenciatura y de doctorado en la Universidad de Barcelona. De 1996 al 2007 dirigió la Cátedra de Ética de la Universidad Ramon Llull. Actualmente es profesora en la Facultad de Filosofía de la Universidad de Barcelona y miembro del grupo consolidado de investigación de la Generalitat de Catalunya 'Ética y Filosofía Contemporánea'. Es además vocal del Comité de Bioética de Catalunya, miembro de los comités de bioética de los hospitales San Rafael y Moisés Broggi, y miembro de la comisión de seguimiento del código ético de la Federación Catalana de ONGs por el Desarrollo. Su ámbito de especialización es la ética aplicada a entornos profesionales y organizativos, tema sobre el que ha coordinado y escrito diversos libros y artículos.'It is necessary to recover the spirituality, but not focused on temples and churches, but in essence: the link with future generations and life'. 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