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Sir Kenneth Robinson Sir Kenneth Robinson education reformer. author. genius.

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The focus of my work is on education and the passion I have for the richness of human talent and ability. We all have extraordinary capacities and the ability to identify a sense of purpose and passion in our lives, but we’re often not encouraged in this way. Human resources are like natural resources: they’re often buried deep. We have to look for them and create the circumstances in which they’ll show themselves.

What if we use an agricultural model for developing our human resources? Farmers know they can’t make anything grow – things grow themselves. Agriculture is not like machinery. You can have a great year one year and a terrible year the next, even though you’ve done the same things. You have to learn as you go along. The systems have to be constantly adapted and tended to and taken care of, encouraged, and supported.

If someone lives in hostile, adverse circumstances, they behave in certain ways, but if the conditions shift, they flourish. Knowing what those conditions are and learning how to help create them seems to me to be at the heart of helping people develop a sense of their own purpose and meaning.

Energy is a clue to developing our human resources. Human life, like all life, is simply energy. Some activities give you energy and some take energy away. If you’re doing something you love, you’re spiritually uplifted. And if you’re doing something you don’t care for, you can be physically exhausted and depressed. There’s such a difference in the energy of people who are only enduring – getting on with what they’ve wandered into – and people who really love what they do and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. People who are doing what they love to do uplift us by their own luminescence. They carry a certain energy. They’re in their element. They’re authentic. What they do isn’t just what they do; it defines them. It’s who they are.

Our systems, particularly our educational systems, need to change so we help people connect with their natural sense of purpose. Anaïs Nin wrote, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Our lives are not linear. They’re organic. You can’t plan the life you have, but if you invest in your own talents and passions, your life changes around you. It  reconfigures. It grows into something different, something more like you.

-Sir Kenneth Robinson

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