Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Human Ecology - A Timeless Lesson from the Creative Minds of TED

I have watched the TED video (below) many times since 2006. Each time, I am reminded of the power of human imagination and I am inspired by Sir Robinson's positivism for humanity. More and more, I am beginning to believe that our sustainable transitions, from the past industrial and invasive human experience to a new sustainable and cooperative global one, is impossible without what Sir Robinson calls the Human Ecology.

[O]ur only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity. Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mine the earth, for a particular commodity, and for the future, it won’t serve us.

We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we’re educating our children. There was a wonderful quote by Jonas Salk, who said, “If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.” And he’s right.

. . . We have to be careful now that we use this gift wisely, and that we avert some of the scenarios that we’ve talked about. And the only way we’ll do it is by seeing our creative capacities for the richness they are, and seeing our children for the hope that they are. And our task is to educate their whole being, so they can face this future — by the way, we may not see this future, but they will. And our job is to help them make something of it.
Sir Ken Robinson, 2006.

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