As we begin our CPL programme again in 2016-17, it’s worth reflecting on our professional creativity. Our programme has tried to structure itself on the thinking of Steven Johnson – notably his thoughts on making sufficient time and space for ideas to emerge. Like Johnson, Brian Eno has also written extensively about creativity.
Eno pictures two approaches to practice – the cowboy and the farmer. A farmer grows what they already have, refining and perfecting their craft; whilst the cowboy seeks out new emerging practice, always looking for new frontiers. We hope our CPL caters for both mindsets.
Reducing an inequality of readiness, as Eno puts it, is fundamental to our CPL. Ensuring we design and continue to redesign an approach to professional learning that allows us to take advantage of emerging ideas, thoughts and practice – to be professionally proactive in all we do.
Imperfect practice is also something we strive for. Making something happen will not always have a pretty ending. Our CPL is also a space to develop distortion of practice, trial and error.
Check out Brian Eno’s short video below. Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.