This week I was fortunate to attend a talk by Progressive Education Guru, Alfie Kohn at Templestowe College. I came away thinking of how rapidly the world is changing and how stuck in tradition we can become instead of being flexible and changing with the world. Across all areas of life it seems apparent that the old ways of doing things are simply out of date and no longer serving us. From education to health, to religion and environment to life in general....the most important thing to me is to question everything we do and why we do it and to question is it serving us and helping us thrive? This takes being open-minded which in itself is a form of creativity, as is problem solving and innovation...and thinking outside the box of indoctrination! Creativity can be cultivated through the arts...and it is so important...which reminds me of my favourite quote "Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention. It's a gift to the world and every being in it. Don't cheat us of your contribution, show us what you've got" Steven Pressfield
Last weekend I had the good fortune to be invited to volunteer on a camp to support refugee women who are entrepreneurs setting up their own businesses. It was a collaborative project involving Lord Somers Camp (PowerHouse) and Sisterworks, Melbourne. The differences and diversity were at first apparent, but as we joined together and bonded over sharing of stories and creative activities, our similarities were far more apparent than any difference. It was a very empowering and inspiring experience, one to learn and develop empathy for the courageous paths these women and their families have taken, and two to be a part of a bigger picture of what is possible for the world if we could all learn to live in respect and appreciation of one another and the diversity we bring. Through music, art and dance we had some amazing and spontaneous moments of connection and shared joy. The power of the arts (and kind-ness) is way too often under-estimated.