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How creative should we be? 2018-10-26160389

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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 create or 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 or c) Balloon Girl?
是的,它是关于极具创造力的艺术家班克西的。他创作出一幅最近一直在新闻报道中出现的知名艺术品。但是你知道它叫什么吗?是a) 手持气球的女孩 b) 手持红气球的女孩 还是c) 气球女孩?
I can see the picture in my head, so I think it’s c) Balloon Girl.
我可以在头脑中看到那幅画,所以我觉得是c) 气球女孩。
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 example – are 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 focussing too much on in schools?
当然,但是现在教育方面没有那么专注于创造力。而且那对未来或许有所影响。那是早期教育顾问博纳戴特•达菲在BBC广播4频道Bringing up Britain节目里一直谈到的。对于我们在校内关注得太多,她说了什么?
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 legitimately, which 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 creatively. She used the expression ’redress the balance’ which means ’change things to make them fairer and more equal’.
博纳戴特认为我们应该远离仅仅是为了学习技能这种模式,应该开始创造性地使用这些技能。她使用了“redress the balance”这个表达,指的是改变事物使其更公正,更平等。
Well, here at the BBC we have to be 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 creativity, be 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 unfocussed 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 head – what 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 headspace – that’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 bike, there are no interruptions.
Well, you certainly don’t get your ideas sitting at a desk, focussing on one task. We 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 or c) Balloon Girl?
啊,是呀,因为早些时候我问你哪一个是他最近一直在新闻报道中出现的那幅知名艺术品。是a) 手持气球的女孩 b) 手持红气球的女孩 还是c) 气球女孩?
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.
哇,那是一种非常有创造力的破坏画作的方式!我一会儿也会对台本做出同样的事情,但是不是在我们回顾今天的单词之前。从“a creative”开始。那个人的工作是使用大量的想象力并想出新创意,像是从事媒体工作或广告行业的人。
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.
接下来我们听到了“redress the balance”这个表达。这指的是使事情更公正,更平等。
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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Banksy created a well-known piece of artwork that has been in the news recently. Do you know what it is called? Is it…
A  Girl with Balloon
B  Girl with Red Balloon
C  Balloon Girl