Philanthropists, educators, child advocates and the government funnel a great deal of time, energy and dollar bills to our kids. Yet there remains some rising crises facing the kids in our country and one in particular really gets me: The “Creativity Crisis.” So dubbed in 2011 after Kyung Hee Kim’s disturbing empirical research detailing the rise and fall of our kids’ creative cognitive abilities took the world by storm. Kim writes: “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle.”
The Bad News
This reality is particularly worrisome in light of the fact that creativity in our children will be absolutely required to address the issues we will all be faced with in the coming years. We live in a rapidly evolving world and we will need a generation of cutting edge critical thinkers to think our way out of the myriad of messes we’ve created. Without the cognitive abilities Kim details above, how are we going to get at the complexities of our most pressing problems?
The Good News
This is all rather simple. We are not supporting the creativity that already exists within each and every child. In fact, the opposite is often true – their imaginative nature is being stifled by overly structured days, excessive performance pressure, and technological inundation. BUT all we as adults need to do is give children the space, time and opportunities for their innate creativity to flourish.
The Great News (And Where You Come In)
Thankfully, there are people out there doing just this. And there happens to be a one-of-a-kind event in Orange County, CA on the evening of October 22 that gives us all a chance to support it: Team Kids Innovative Thinkers Forum III, hosted at Oakely‘s iconic headquarters in Foothill Ranch, is bringing together Hollywood Avenger Jeremy Renner and leading global innovators from NASA, Oakley and Ekso Bionics to speak in an intimate panel about their respective paths to innovation and how to inspire ingenuity in our youngest leaders. An impressive group of these young leaders will be present, showcasing international prize winning science fair projects and asking Jeremy Renner questions about innovation. They will also be joined by leading entrepreneurial students from UC Irvine, who will demonstrate their brilliant products designed to improve our future.
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of The Baden Family, who has underwritten the entire cost of this incredible event, 100% of the ticket proceeds will support Team Kids’ award-winning programs which are themselves innovative and designed to empower our children to change the world. Everything about this experience will celebrate and support innovation. You won’t want to miss an opportunity to be a part of it, especially if the issue of creativity and our collective future is near and dear to your heart. We look forward to seeing you there!
Join sponsors Oakley, United Exchange Corporation, UCI’s ANTrepreneur Center, Wells Fargo, California Republic Bank, Cox Cares, Edwards Lifesciences and GeoMedia Digital!