Worldwide we face many pressing social, environmental and economic needs that need urgent attention. Ensuring clean water and sufficient food, protecting our safety and improving our health are all critical to our surviving and thriving. Underpining all of them, however, is the need to educate effectively. Following the old adage, teach people to fish and they can feed themselves for life, it is the form of early intervention that ensures that any solutions we develop are sustainable in the longer term.
Yet the world, largely through technological advances and globalisation, has become a more complex, fast changing and uncertain place. Robinson (2001) argues our education systems and caring practices aren’t keeping up. They were designed for an industrial era past and no longer serve our needs. More of the same is not enough.
We need to radically change our perceptions and practices, and develop solutions that are use our imaginations as well as our knowledge. Learning from what worked well in the past takes us only so far. We need to be more creative in achieving breakthrough to many intractable problems we are facing and leverage many of the opportunities that are undoubtedly emerging.
ecl is an initiative that aims to find ways of encouraging adults, young people and children to embrace their creativity in all its forms so they can thrive in an unknown future. We are not simply selling solutions, although many ideas can be turned into resources to stimulate others, we are offering a co-creative practice focused on asking:
How can we stimulate and accelerate innovation in the development and care of children and young people?
ecl is a platform for innovative practice that draws on the interplay of people who want the best for the children and young adults they are developing and caring for; a process that intertwines enquiry with creativity; and holistic principles that are guaranteed to stretch how we perceive and conceive each other and our different cultures and situations.
Robinson, K., 2002, Out of our Minds, Learning to be creative, Capstone: Oxford