What I Learned From Angela Ahrendts, Ken Robinson, and Martin Lambie-Nairn

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” – Albert Einstein

Have you ever sat in a classroom and found yourself to be lost? The information just seems to fly over your head because of the way it is being presented. In a bid to make yourself feel better, you look around wondering if people are just as lost as you are. Well, I’m here to tell you that I was and proudly continue to be one of those people. After thirty plus years, I’ve realized I learn differently from most individuals. I prefer to be engaged rather than be lectured to. If a instructor doesn’t fit that criteria particularly on a complex subject, I lose interest and my mind wanders off. No, I don’t have ADD. Again, I just learn differently. When did I realize this? Over a year ago, I watched a few of what are now my favorite talks that helped me discover and confirm who I am and what I’m meant to do. I hope they provide some inspiration to you. And to Angela, Ken, and Martin, I say this: Thank you for your words of wisdom and guidance.


(My attempt at drawing)

  1. The Power of Human Energy by Angela Ahrendts: The concept may seem nebulous. but I was intrigued by the topic and what Angela had to say. I’m a fanboy of hers so my curiosity was further peaked. It was this video that helped me discover the following…
    • The concept of a 50/50 brain. The left side is the analytical part. The right side is responsibility for creativity, intuition, and imagination.
    • Empathy is a great force with the potential to transform lives.  Hear, hear!
    • Human connections are vital in the digital age.
    • Trust. Intuition. Belief.
  1. Do Schools Kill Creativity? By Ken Robinson: This TedTalk is the most viewed presentation in the organizations history, and it’s not surprising. A controversial question, I was curious to see what Ken had to say and found it to be extremely inspirational. What did I learn here?
    • “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Picasso
    • Creativity is as important as literacy.
    • We are educating people out of creativity.
    • Kids are stigmatized for making mistakes.
    • Current education systems place subjects in a universally accepted hierarchy.
    •  Gillian Lynne, an eight-year old girl, whose mother was advised to see a doctor to cure her daughter’s “learning disorder.”
  1.  Martin Lambie-Nairn at the Northern Ireland Design Alliance conference: This talk may seem like an unusual choice, but Lambie-Nairn is a celebrated British designer who had a profound impact on television branding in the UK.
    • “Book 1. First Paragraph. First Sentence. Be Different”
    • Being different requires courage.
    • “For every successful project we’ve been involved in, being different was the key to its success.”
    • The BBC and Lambie-Nairn worked to rebrand the BBC TV News output. They wanted a new sound that nobody ever heard before.
      • Countdown (notice the glowing numbers flying across the screen?)
      • Titles, and
      • this
      • Different, don’t you think?