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Sir Ken Robinson Transcript

Sir Ken Robinson Transcript

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SIR KEN ROBINSON – GETTY INSTITUTE
:Morning. How are you? Okay.I’ve been asked not to mention the cricket. But I’m thinking about it, that’s all I’m saying. On my mindconstantly. It was great, wasn’t it?Actually, I ought to thank the minister for thanking me for making the great effort. It wasn’t an effort atall. Really, a stop on a plane. I was given two meals, and watched a movie. I compare that to the tenpound Poms. That was harder for them, wasn’t it, really. I just sat in business class, and stared out thewindow. And I want to come back to that in just a minute. But I’ve had a great time.I got in on Friday and … I love Melbourne. I’ve been here a few times now. Actually two, if you want tobe specific. And it’s, I think, my third trip to Australia but it’s a wonderful city, it reminds me of, actually,Manchester, curiously; by the sea.I was brought up in Liverpool. I’ll tell you about that in just a minute. But I also … I was invited to go towatch the football match on Saturday. But it didn’t work out. Was that right? The game was played inSydney. Is that right?I’d never watched it before, so I thought I’d watch it on the television. Australian Rules Football. Why isthe word rules in there. What is that? I watched it for an hour; there aren’t any, are there. I (laughs)couldn’t make it out …But Jennifer’s right. I now live in Los Angeles. I moved out there a few years ago. Have you been toLos Angeles, anyone. It’s amazing, isn’t it.Have you been to Las Vegas. What’s it like. Really, I spoke at a conference in Las Vegas a fewmonths ago, November. You don’t care, do you really. Do you care when I spoke in Las Vegas. Is it I mean, do you want me to work this out, or shall we move on. I mean, I can get my diary out.And I spoke at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. Have you been there. It’s amazing. I’ve been toVenice, and the Venetian is better.
 
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[Laughter]It is really; it’s more authentic I think.[Laughter]Yeah, so … they have canals up on the first floor with … honestly, with people in Gondolas in thisreplica of San Marcos Square with artificial daylight. And you see all these people who’ve had thesequick marriages in Las Vegas, walking along the canal. And you want to go up and say no, no, it’s notreal. It’s not really Venice.But I mention it, because I spoke at a conference there for about … there was about fifteen hundredpeople. And I was keynoting the second morning. It was an IT conference, and a commercial thing.And the first morning was keynoted by a group called The Passing Zone. Do you know them. They’re agroup of extreme …[microphone feeds back]… Cheap pacemakers, you see, that’s the thing.Feedback on the batteries.[Laughter]It’s … I’d better start again now. Thank you for the minister. Flying out. It was very easy.No, The Passing Zone - check them out on the web - they’re a group of extreme jugglers. They jugglechainsaws. Not well. You know, but there are two of them. There used to be eight, and … but they’reimproving and … but they also juggle … their climax act now is, they juggle members of the audience.Honestly, they have a framework, and like trapezes, and they throw members of the audience around.Well, that was the first morning’s keynote. You know, well I was keynoting the second morning. Well, Idon’t do that, honestly, I don’t really juggle anything. But I said to the organisers, you know, that’sgoing to happen for my opening, and they said, well, we’ve got this work. Do you know the musical,Stomp; you know, where they’re beating on the tin cans and things, and doing percussion. They wereperforming in Las Vegas, so they said, we’ve got half the cast of Stomp, it’s eight o’clock in themorning, they’re going to come out, I’m … you’ll be back stage, and they’re going to play a musical
 
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introduction for ten minutes on this thing, building up to this climax. And it ended with them chantingmy name. That was the plan.So it happened. I was there, eight o’clock in the morning, backstage in Las Vegas, in the thong, youknow ...[Laughter]You know, I’d … I didn’t need to wear it, but I’d packed it, so I thought well, you know, and sequins areexpensive, let’s face it. So you know, you can’t just leave it there. So I was backstage, and then theyall started beating these drums, and it took about ten minutes and it was fantastic, these three beautifuldancers, and these percussionists. And then they came up onto the stage and did this whole climaxwhere they started chanting, we’d like to introduce Ken Robinson. And the climax is, these three girlscame off stage, pulled me from the wings into the centre of the stage, and showered me with confetti.Honestly. Well, this is unusual, isn’t it, really.[Laughter]You know, as a way to start to day. Anyway, I thought I’d mention it, because although I thoughtJanet’s (ph.sp.) introduction was okay, you know …[Laughter]I can’t better … that’s all I’m saying, really. You know, how have a better … it’s a resource issue, Iknow. I can see it.[Laughter]Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about creativity, which you’ll be very relieved to hear, since that’s whatthe conference is about. In particular, backing it, I thought. But I … so we’re right on target. But Iwanted to cover three questions with you, as a kind of way into the two days. One of them, the firstone, is why is it essential for organisations of every sort, not just schools by the way, but every sort oforganisation, but I’d say especially schools, to promote creativity systematically. Why is that essential. I

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