Informing Creative Leadership: Art, Technology & Design
ORIGINS Video Inspiration: John Maeda
It is widely accepted today that the future is vastly different from how it looked to our parent’s generation – a time when they worried about our educations: from school through university. The world we live in today is ever more populated with each passing minute. Abundance, penetration and reliance on technology, as well as energy resources, is evident in almost everything we do on a daily basis. The numbers are staggering: the amount of data which flows through Internet, is created and stored on servers around the world, the crude oil pumped out, the electricity created, the number of planes flying across the globe, the production, consumption and wastage of food…
Our children are growing up in an ever competitive world in which they will have to develop unique qualities to not only excel in their professional lives, but also to become thoughtful, compassionate, empathetic and decent human beings. The tough work of today’s educators and leaders has to encompass several specialties in order to help prepare the next generation to take care of the home we lovingly call ‘Earth’.
In his TED Talk, John Maeda, former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, notes how rare it is to find people with an appreciation of four elements: Technology, Art, Design and Leadership and he explains the necessity of cultivating the understanding and presence of these qualities in our younger generations. Maeda highlights how these elements are connected, while highlighting their importance and impact on our inward and outward perspectives.
Our schools need to adapt to these changes and start connecting the key elements required for young people to be ready for the challenges of the future.
John Maeda, former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work — and even a computer made of people.