Watch, Laugh, Learn, Live

I dug up Sir Ken Robinson‘s inspiring and hilarious old 2006 TEDTalk on creativity and learning recently. If you’ve seen it before, you’ll want to see it again… and if you haven’t, what hell have you been doing?

Creativity – “the process of having original ideas that have value”

There are lessons for all with an interest in education and the future. But some are especially relevant, and often forgotten, in medicine:

  • whatever we do, and wherever we do it, creativity needs to be nutured
  • we should never be afraid of mistakes so long as we learn from them
  • the future is unknown — how do we know if we’re educating for the future?

Watch, laugh, learn and live.

He was back in 2010 urging us to overcome the tyranny of common sense, embrace diversity and to dis-enthrall ourselves with traditional educational dogma so that we can educate in ways that feed our spirits:

Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at Alfred Health and Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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