CREATIVE RESONANCE is 6 part film series that explores innovative solutions empowering young people to navigate & flourish in a shifting future world.
This 6 x 10 min series discovers innovative solutions to the education crises that threaten our biggest national asset – our children. It explores the practical solutions that are helping children to thrive and flourish. Who has found answers to educating children in the 21st century? What can stop the ever increasing epidemic of mental health problems? What countries are doing it well, where did they get their inspiration and what lessons can we take forward?
Who are these children? What do they think about growing up in a world of social and economic unrest? What issues are they facing? Told from the perspectives of the children as well as the educators and futurists who are striving to find ways to reconcile past practices with a vision for a positive new era. We follow six children on the threshold of adolescence, through their resilience, courage along with the visionary educators who are working to support children in a world where global warming and unrest are the new normal.
The series highlights the innovative solutions that exist to address the harm being done to children by the out dated industrial models of education. There are alarming increases in children experiencing anxiety, stress & depression with suicide being the largest cause of deaths of 15 – 24 year olds. The current model of education is not serving our children or their future. Combined with children’s addiction to technology, it has resulted in parents, educators & students feeling bewildered and disempowered.
The series is designed to powerfully counteract this through in-depth accounts of examples of countries and schooling systems that are successfully supporting the wellbeing and resilience of children, along with real life stories of children and families struggling to create a better future. It highlights that we all have a responsibility to act in making children’s wellbeing & their access to a positive new education a priority and that every action, however small, is critical.
The Educationalists and Futurist Activists
Leading educationalist and futurists from around the world share their thoughts and concerns about how children can best thrive in today’s fast changing world.
Some of the experts featured in the film include Professor Dr. Anne Bamford, OBE, author of the Wow Factor, Global research compendium on the impact of the arts in education. Anne, originally from Tasmania, Australia, is currently is the Strategic Education and Skills Director for the Department of Community & Children’s Services. Anne oversees 173 schools in London and has transformed the schools through a quality arts rich education initiative. She is an expert in the international dimension of education and through her research, she has pursued issues of creativity, innovation, social impact and equity and diversity. A World Scholar for UNESCO, Anne has conducted major national impact and evaluation studies for the governments of Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, Hong Kong, and Norway.
Manish Jain deeply committed to regenerating our diverse knowledge systems and cultural imaginations. He has served for the past 17 years as Coordinator and Co-Founder of Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development based in Udaipur, India and is co-founder of the Swaraj University, Creativity Adda, Learning Societies Unconference, Walkouts-Walkon network, and Udaipur as a Learning City in India. He recently helped to launch the Ecoversities Network. He has edited several books on Vimukt Shiksha (liberating learning) on themes such as learning societies, unlearning, gift culture, community media, and tools for deep dialogue.
Prior to this, Manish worked as one of the principal team members of the UNESCO Learning Without Frontiers global initiative. He has also been a consultant to UNICEF, World Bank, USAID in Africa, South Asia and former Soviet Union. Manish also worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. He has been trying to unlearn his Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics, International Development and Political Philosophy from Brown University