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  • Hello. Welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Neil.

  • And hello, I'm Rob.

  • Now Rob, how creative are you?

  • Very creative, I think.

  • Creativity is in my bones!

  • Look at this wonderful script that I wrote and

  • we're presenting right now.

  • You are what we could call 'a creative' – a noun

  • which means someone with a lot of imagination

  • and ideas.

  • In our job we have to createor make

  • content that teaches English creatively.

  • Creativity is becoming more important for everyone.

  • The World Economic Forum forecasts that by 2020,

  • creativity will be in the top three most important skills

  • for future jobs.

  • This is particularly relevant for younger

  • people who will be entering the world of work soon

  • and that's what we'll be discussing today.

  • But before we do, Neil, have you created a

  • question for us to answer?

  • Yes, and it's about the very creative artist Banksy.

  • He created a well-known piece of artwork that

  • has been in the news recently,

  • but do you know what it is called?

  • Is it

  • a) Girl with Balloon

  • b) Girl with Red Balloon

  • c) Balloon Girl

  • I can see the picture in my head

  • so I think it's c) Balloon girl.

  • OK, and we'll find out the answer later.

  • But now back to our discussion about

  • creativity.

  • Experts say that students need

  • to focus more on creativity to help them

  • get a job.

  • That's perhaps surprising in the UK,

  • when some of our creative industries

  • that's businesses that make music, art

  • and TV for exampleare world famous.

  • We are creative people, Rob!

  • Of course, but there's not such a focus on

  • being creative in education now and that

  • might have an effect in the future.

  • It's something Bernadette Duffy, an early

  • years consultant, has been discussing

  • on BBC Radio 4's Bringing up Britain programme.

  • What does she say we have been

  • focusing too much on in schools?

  • We focus on the things that are legitimately

  • important but we teach them in a way that

  • makes them easier to measure.

  • I think we

  • need to redress the balance that puts the

  • focus purely on gaining the skills and far

  • far more on actually using them in a creative

  • way because that's what's going to

  • make a difference for the future.

  • So Bernadette feels we teach skills

  • in a way that can be easily measured

  • and tested.

  • She says we teach these skills

  • legitimatelywhich here means fairly and reasonably

  • But she feels we don't teach a

  • creative approach to learning skills.

  • So we mean things like problem solving.

  • I guess, even tasks like data inputting and

  • preparing spreadsheets can be approached creatively.

  • In any job, it's sometimes good

  • to 'think outside the box' or find new ways

  • of doing things.

  • Bernadette thinks we should move away

  • from just learning skills and start using

  • these skills creativelyshe used the

  • expression 'redress the balance' which

  • means 'change things to make them

  • fairer and more equal'.

  • Well, here at the BBC we have to creative.

  • In fact one of our values states that

  • 'creativity is the lifeblood of our organisation'.

  • Lifeblood here means 'the most important

  • thing to make something a success'.

  • Rob, I can see creativity is in your blood

  • but on an everyday level how can we all

  • improve our creativitybe more like you?!

  • Well, Neil, I'm no expert but Innovation Manager,

  • Nick Skillicorn is.

  • He's also been speaking to the

  • BBC and explaining what we can do to help ourselves.

  • What does he suggest?

  • On a daily basis, everyone should take fifteen

  • minutes of what I call unfocused time

  • time that they're not looking at any screen,

  • time that they can essentially get back into

  • their own head, slow down a bit, and start

  • forming these new connections between

  • disparate ideas that result in

  • divergent new original ideas.

  • So we need free time to collect all our

  • different thoughts in our headwhat

  • Nick calls disparate ideas to create new

  • and amazing ideas.

  • Disparate ideas are very different ideas,

  • all unrelated.

  • And we need what we might

  • call headspacethat's when your mind is in

  • a good state and you can think clearly.

  • For me, I have headspace when I'm lying in the bath

  • or out riding my bikethere are no interruptions.

  • Well, you certainly don't get your ideas sitting

  • at a desk, focusing on one taskwe all need

  • some downtime to get creative.

  • But children

  • going into school now will grow up to do a job

  • that doesn't yet exist.

  • And faced with the

  • challenges of AI, automation, green issues and

  • an ageing population, creativity

  • and imagination will be vital.

  • Right, well, let's get back to talking about

  • the creativity of Banksy now.

  • Ah yes, because earlier I asked you which

  • one of his well-known pieces of artwork

  • has been in the news recently?

  • Is it

  • a) Girl with Balloon

  • b) Girl with Red Balloon

  • c) Balloon Girl

  • And I said c) Balloon Girl.

  • I know it was a girl and a balloon.

  • Not quite right, Rob.

  • The artwork is

  • titled 'Girl with Balloon.'

  • This was recently

  • auctioned in London but amazingly shredded

  • in its frame as someone's winning bid was accepted!

  • Wow, that's a very creative way to destroy

  • a picture!

  • I will do the same with this script

  • soon but not before we have recapped some

  • of today's vocabulary.

  • Starting with 'a creative' -

  • that's a person whose job is to use a lot of

  • imagination and come up with new ideas,

  • such as someone who works in the media or advertising.

  • Then we mentioned legitimately

  • which describes doing something fairly

  • and reasonably.

  • Next we heard the expression 'redress the balance'.

  • This means to make things fairer and more equal.

  • We also talked about creativity being the

  • lifeblood of the BBC.

  • Lifeblood here means

  • the most important thing to make something

  • a success.

  • And I know creativity is

  • running through your veins, Rob!

  • Thanks, Neil.

  • We also heard the word disparate,

  • meaning very different and unrelated.

  • And we talked about headspace, which is when

  • your mind is in a good state and you can think clearly.

  • Before we head off to find some headspace,

  • don't forget to visit our website at bbclearningenglish.com

  • for more great learning English content.

  • That's all we have time for now.

  • Do join us again though.

  • Goodbye.

  • Bye bye!

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