Friday, 3 July 2020



THE ARTS, CREATIVITY AND CULTURE MATTER!

The arts, creativity and culture are essential to our future and what we learn from history is that the arts, creativity and culture matter and make life worth living. The arts, creativity and culture enhance and enrich our lives, they tell us where we came from and help us to understand where we are going. What is encouraging in these extraordinary times, is that young people are creative, imaginative and passionate about the arts and sports and culture and many are developing the skills that matter; the creative skills that will give them the edge.  And increasingly, if our work is routine and systematic and organised, a computer can do our work faster, cheaper and better than we can. While almost every industrial process can now be automated, the arts, creativity and culture cannot. And, the future will belong to a different kind of young person with a different kind of mind. It will belong to designers, inventors, creators, writers, musicians, performers, artists, carers, teachers and storytellers. 

Sunday, 21 June 2020

SUCCESS comes in CANS not CAN'TS!


Over the last twenty years I have seen so many extraordinary places and learned so much about success and achievement. It seems to me that successful organisations, successful schools and successful teams, all have the following characteristics...
  • the vision, values and sense of purpose which shapes the way all colleagues behave;
  • leadership that helps everyone know they are making a difference;
  • the courage to set challenging goals and have high expectations of everyone;
  • the imagination to develop new and cutting-edge solutions;
  • the culture that values people and makes them feel special;
  • the management that trusts, empowers and engages colleagues' distinct and unique talents;
  • a rigorous and relentless approach to accountability;
  • a strong focus on evaluating performance and individuals’ contributions;
  • a concern for the wider community and the bigger picture;
  • a reputation for excellence and hard work; and 
  • a passionate commitment for learning.
Chris

Sunday, 16 February 2020

THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIANS REPORT: THE NEW WORK SMARTS!



THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIANS REPORT: THE NEW BASICS!




THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIANS REPORT: THE NEW WORK MINDSET!





THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIANS REPORT: THE NEW BASICS!



MORE NOT LESS!

An education full of creativity, the arts and culture enriches and enhances the life chances of a young person. It’s difficult to imagine a truly outstanding school that hasn’t got creativity, the arts and culture at the heart of what it offers its young people. In a world where AI can do most things, creativity, the arts and culture aren’t just an extra-curricular bolt on. In a world where the future job clusters will focus on artisans, creators, designers, artists, and carers we need to be giving them more, not less.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Friday, 14 February 2020

COPMANTHORPE BANNERS

I attended the Copmanthorpe Banners launch event last night at Copmanthorpe Explore Library.