The world is changing fast, so much so that many of us can barely keep up. The reality is that your job and lifestyle will continue to change regardless of what industry you work in. But buckle up because it goes much deeper than just changes in the workplace.

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Screen shot from RSA Animate talk below

As a writer and teacher I’m acutely aware of these changes. The reinvention/death of publishers is well chronicled, but I rarely write as an educator on this site because it’s usually outside what I think the focus is here.

But today I have something relevant to anyone, regardless of vocation.

I’ve been speaking at academic conferences now for the past three years. At the end of a session on internet resources for teachers the other day I showed the following video, an animated version of a talk given to the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) by Sir Ken Robinson. The RSA talks are great, especially if you already enjoy TED Talks.

It remains one of the best explanations of how outdated many of our traditional models are, particularly in education, but the implications go beyond just what teachers should do about it. Check this out.

There’s so many fascinating things to talk about there. If you watched the video I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

The main reason I bring this up now is because Robinson is delivering his long anticipated follow up to this talk, and that event is happening on July 1st at 1 p.m. In this talk he will pick up where he left off and “argue that education should be personalised to every student’s talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.”


My fellow teachers at the college level and I are already noticing major changes in recent incoming students. You may not ever step foot in a classroom again but your children and coworkers will, and we all need to start speaking the same language. We’ve got a lot of work to do.