Every child is an artist

WHAT DO DISNEY TELEVISION HONCHO ANNE SWEENEY AND INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED EDUCATION THEORIST SIR KEN ROBINSON HAVE IN COMMON? IDEAS FOR UNLOCKING CREATIVITY IN BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS.

Disney/ABCTelevision group president Anne Sweeney is one of the most powerful and forward-thinking executives in the entertainment business, but in the presence ofSir Ken Robinson, he of the ur–TED Talk about how schools kill creativity, she’s Princess Leia, she says, crying out, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, help me!” (Disney owns the Star Wars franchise now, so it’s cool.) Sweeney laughs as she says it, but she’s clearly delighted to be hosting Robinson at her Los Angeles home, where the two convene on her patio for tea and conversation. The two explore how Sweeney’s life mirrors the themes in Robinson’s new book, Finding Your Element, discuss the sneaky genius of being a leader who’s a teacher, and muse about how to maintain the soul of an artist as we grow up.

Anne Sweeney: When I saw your TED Talk, I was struck by the story of the little girl who couldn’t sit still in the classroom. The teacher turned to the parent and said, “Get her into ballet lessons.” It’s that realization that when you don’t go toward the obvious, you go deeper into the person and really look for her potential.

Sir Ken Robinson: Did you have any idea when you were a kid that this is what you’d end up doing?
AS: No. I was a theater kid who loved the arts, played the piano, played the flute. My parents had three very different kids to raise. My sister was good at sports and my brother . . . we used to call him Nature Boy. He just lived outside.

KR: I’m often asked how parents can help kids find their way. What did your parents do?

A version of this article appeared in the September 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine.

Taken from: http://www.fastcompany.com/3014819/disney-anne-sweeney-sir-ken-robinson

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