‘The Element’ by Ken Robinson – A Review by Eva Timothy…

I thought to share with my readers some of the great feedback received regarding the 06/02/2011 posting on ‘The Element’ by Sir Ken Robinson.

Eva Timothy, artist, philosopher and owner of ‘Lost in Learning’ (http://www.illumea.com/lost_in_learning/project.asp?dir=project) has kindly provided a short review of her take on how  ‘inspiration’, a key theme of ‘The Element’, has enabled her life and work.

Do take a look at her website – a truly inspirational project…


Thank you for the opportunity to expound here on The Element and my own work as an artist in this arena.

I think at its core, The Element is really about what you are speaking to on your blog…that is a celebration of Human Diversity. Not just in terms of race, ethnicity, gender and the standard physical categorizations, but in terms of the absolute uniqueness of every individual on this planet: tastes, experiences, dreams and aspirations.

When we embrace that sort of diversity, where people can think there own thoughts and follow their own dreams, we come to a much greater realization of potential individually and as a society generally.

This has always been a topic of special interest to me given my experience growing up in Bulgaria during Communism where conformity was the mantra and my own inclinations were anything but.

In my photography, I’ve gone back to the Renaissance to examine that spirit of creative diversity when it first took hold on civilization.

Looking at the lives of great individuals from that epoch, they were people who, for the most part, bucked trends and pursued their passions.

Medieval Europe was a caste society where you basically knew your place and role and stuck with it throughout your life. But then all of a sudden you have people that want to sail beyond the known world (Columbus), or paint something untraditional (Da Vinci), or follow a penchant for mathematics and physics in opposition to a parents demands for a medical career (Galileo).

This spark of inspiration, to be who you are and to follow your heart, transformed the world. Commerce, art, science, education, technology everything caught fire and moved ahead in incredible bounds in a way the world had never seen before.

In our digital age, we have tools our Renaissance counterparts could only have dreamed of. We can learn, find, create and produce things as individuals and organizations that would have been impossible back then.

Somehow though with all of this we are again threatened with conformity and comfort.

All the information is there for the exploring, but we have to kindle the desire to seek it.

The tools are in front of us to make a difference in our workplace, but making a difference can disrupt the comfort of being just another cog.

My hope is that this work will reawaken that creative spark, that part of us that isn’t satisfied with mediocrity and a riskless life, but that wants to know, to explore and to discover.

Thank you Eva  for these great thoughts…

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