"If our ideas seem smaller nowadays, it’s not because we are dumber than our forebears but because we just don’t care as much about ideas as they did. In effect, we are living in an increasingly post-idea world — a world in which big, thought-provoking ideas that can’t instantly be monetized are of so little intrinsic value that fewer people are generating them and fewer outlets are disseminating them, the Internet notwithstanding. Bold ideas are almost passé."
"We prefer knowing to thinking because knowing has more immediate value. It keeps us in the loop, keeps us connected to our friends and our cohort. Ideas are too airy, too impractical, too much work for too little reward. Few talk ideas. Everyone talks information, usually personal information. Where are you going? What are you doing? Whom are you seeing? These are today’s big questions."
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Four years ago, when I was 18, I noticed that at night my front window is very reflective so I was pretending to dive in slow motion and shoot, dual pistol style. Suddenly, a really hot girl walked past and I was startled and fell over. Embarrassed, I waited for a bit and then stood up. As I stood up, I saw her slowly shooting an imaginary rifle from behind a car. We then proceeded to do this for 10 minutes until she did an extremely dramatic death. She wasn't getting up so I went outside to meet her. Once I got to where she was, there was nothing but a piece of paper with a mobile number on it. Today, we are getting married. MLIA
“One inevitably thinks of that point made by Ken Robinson, in his very popular TED talk online, that we are meant to be preparing young people for the future but not one of us knows what that future will look like. What we do know is that people need to have powerful ‘learning muscles’, as Guy Claxton has put it, which means that they need to be creative, and questioning, and they need to be resilient - which means that when things go wrong then they are not crushed by this event, but instead know that things going wrong is a normal part of life and something which you can learn from. As educators we should model learning - in other words, show that we ourselves are learning all the time and are engaged in any number of ‘learning projects’ at once.”—
David Gauntlett, as interviewed by Henry Jenkins… “Studying Creativity in the Age of Web 2.0”
It’s not just education in schools. This is meaningful for any creative practice or environment. Agencies included.