It is quite likely that you have already watched this presentation by Sir Ken Robinson, and if not, have likely heard of it. In listening to his message, what do your reflect upon when considering opportunities at school? Let's start by considering what we know works well already.
When searching up 'creativity', you will often come across various sources referring to 'little c' and 'big c'. Kersting explains that "Little-c creativity, which is often used as an indicator of mental health, includes everyday problem-solving and the ability to adapt to change. Big-C creativity, on the other hand, is far more rare. It occurs when a person solves a problem or creates an object that has a major impact on how other people think, feel and live their lives".
Our young people are the next generation to face the big issues such as water and food quality and access, war and peace, climate change, health...and the list goes on. Given the technologically connected world we live in, Big C, may not be something achieved in an obvious way, or by any singular person. Collaboratively, across the globe, from all walks of life, with a range of ages, beliefs, experiences and resources, it would seem that Big C creative outputs can only increase in frequency.
So, that begs the question; in what ways are we supporting the young people we know, to identify and explore real issues in the world around them? How are we equipping them to be able to respond to these creatively, and in a way in which they can see they are truly able to make a real difference? How are we encouraging curiosity and wonderings, encouraging risk taking, and sharing some of the many great ways people are making a difference already; big and small.