Nurchering Curiosity and Creativity in the Young

One of the greatest gifts we can give to our children is that of curiosity. Curiosity of where things come from and how they are made and a sense of adventure fun and creativity to have a go. To make something themselves that works.

Remember when we were young? our dads, uncles and granddads fixed things, made things work again using whatever they had around and built stuff that worked. It was magic and they taught those skills to my generation.

If you thought that was all gone and skills were being lost in our throw away and buy a new one consumerist society you may need to think again.

I watched the Royal Institute Christmas Lecture series on BBC4  and it mesmerised and inspired me as much as it did when I sat and watched it with my Dad when I was a teenager. The audience of Kids, teenagers and adults were also fascinated as Professor Danielle George took us on a fascinating journey. The lectures entitled Sparks will fly: How to hack your home had it all from robots and musical instruments to hands on experiments and eager audience participation.

It was fun, interesting and educational most importantly it showed kids what you can do with every day objects. How you can quickly and easily make something simple that might generate enough electricity to power a light, phone or musical instrument. It empowered them to think creatively about items they may just throw in the bin.

Of course the recycle movement is gaining momentum with Freegle  and upcycling  if we can get significantly more young people to embrace these ideas they will be more confident and self sufficient in the future. They may even come up with ideas that help mankind spread ever more scare resources further. The world will be theirs and don’t we want to leave them and our grandchildren a useful legacy?

Their is one great thing you could do for your children before school and college starts again. Sit down and watch the Christmas lectures with them see if it stimulates discussion, creativity and a desire to make something. Maybe you’ll find their is more than a little Faraday in them.

Have a creative, fun and productive 2015.


Reality and Celebrity TV Generation mix

Do programmes like strictly, dancing on Ice and I’m a celebrity get me out of here and the voice aid inter-generational understanding and interaction?

The more mature contestants on these shows have shown that just because you are heading towards getting a free bus pass it does not mean you are past it. It’s not just celebs who are fitter, healthier and willing to try new things many over 50’s are taking part in sports and activities that their parents’ generation at a similar age would not have.

This year many rock Icons turn 65 including David Bowie and the Black Sabbath reunion, album and tour caused a media frenzy when it was announced. There are ageing icons from all walks of life Helen Mirren and Richard Gere form the acting world, Alex Ferguson and Sharon Davis from sport. Authors Patricia Cornwell and John Grisham and from the world of science Stephen Hawking has been described as the first rock star of science.

Older men have always courted younger women and now we have the rise of the cougar and recent research found that around 65% of the under 35’s would date someone up to 30 years their senior if they were attractive an interesting. We also have many mentoring schemes where one group passes its expertise and knowledge to another and this is a two way street.

In the face of all this my question stands do prime time TV shows that show the over 50’s in a positive light aid intergenerational understanding and interaction?