by Douglas E. Gordon, Hon. AIA
Reading the Doer’s Profile on Daniel Ferrara got me to thinking about a presentation at the Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference here in Washington last month. The speaker, Sir Ken Robinson, was making the point that intelligence and creativity are inseparably linked. Although academics spend a lot of time endeavoring to measure and develop intelligence, there is not enough attention to developing creativity with the same zeal—and to meet the needs of an unknowable 50-year-out future, it should be, he argued.
To make a point, Sir Ken asked the audience of AIA members and chapter executives to rate themselves, by show of hands, counting down from 10 (most creative) to 1. He followed that up with a countdown for intelligence. In a room jammed with people undoubtedly at the top of the scale for both, most of the 800 or so attendees rated themselves a 6 or 7. The point Robinson was trying to make is that as we get older, we tend to lose confidence in our own abilities.
To further drive it in, he told the story of a five-year-old girl drawing in class. The teacher asks her what she’s drawing. “God,” the girl replies. “But nobody knows what God looks like,” says the teacher. The girl just smiles: “They will in a minute.”
To his credit, Daniel Ferrara apparently has a lot of confidence in his creativity and intelligence. Do you?
What do you think?