I was really struck by these "Nameless Paints" designed by Ima Moteki, which represent colors without labels. The idea behind the Nameless Paints, as reported in My Modern Met:
Instead of giving each shade a specific name, various circles represent primary colors that were blended to make the color at hand. The size of the circle also portrays the specific proportions that were used. “By not assigning names to the colors we want to expand the definition of what a color can be, and the various shades they can create by mixing them,” explains Yusuke Imai, who makes up half the design team with Ayami Moteki.
If you're reading this month's Teachers Guild Book Club read--Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith's Most Likely to Succeed--along with us, you know that the tension between content coverage vs. teaching 21st century skills such as curiosity, creativity and collaboration is a central focus of the book. In the course of a discussion about the book, Lisa Yokana made this very poignant comment: In an age of nearly universal ubiquitous Internet access, when knowledge is at our fingertips, what is it we should be teaching and learning? This is a central contemporary area of concern as stakeholders across the system try to rethink and redesign our education system to better prepare students for the demands of the 21st century.
These redesigned paint tubes prompted me to reflect on the importance of connection across all "21st century skills" -wondering about and exploring existing and potential connections (Curiosity); playing around with old/known connections and creating new connections (Creativity) connecting in authentic and impactful ways (Collaboration).
So this idea is more of a question, but I wonder how we might shift the focus of our education to focus more on "connection fluency" --being comfortable and knowledgeable about how to seek, question, explore, create, foster, nurture, and adapt connections in myriad situations occurring throughout one's life--at school, work and home.