How intelligent is our understanding of intelligence? According to which standards should we evaluate it? What does intelligence mean, at all?
In his eye opening book The Element, Sir Ken Robinson, former arts professor, author and internationally sought-after consultant in social development, calls for us to „radically rethink our view of intelligence“ in order to master the challenges of a world changing at breakneck speed.
In his own smart, charming and humorous way, he explains why intelligence and creativity are „blood relatives“. He tells us what Simpsons Creator Matt Groening, Economist Paul Samuelson and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington have in common. (Spoiler alert: They all, against all odds, found their Element). He explains how today’s business and educational systems still reflect the factory culture they were designed to support. He invites us to question our old conceptions of intelligence. To see that creativity is a process and to understand that it is all about seeing new connections. And he points out why finding your own people and having a mentor is crucial in order to find out what you are capable of.
If you don’t have the time to start reading right now, check out the famous Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson for a quick jump into the subject.