You're never too old to make your mind agile, flexible, self-aware, and able to see patterns and connections that more rigid minds miss
[Edison has a] remarkable kaleidoscope brain. He turns that head of his and these things come out as in a kaleidoscope, in various combinations, most of which are patentable. --Western Union patent attorney Edward Dickerson
Javier Hans is on a mission to change how the world's youth think about creativity and innovation. At nine, he founded Inventors Without Borders. At 15, he was the winner and youngest entrant of the Invent Your World Challenge sponsored by Ashoka. Most recently, Javier spoke at TEDx Taipei, where he unveiled his immersive role-playing game, Inventors Village.
Impressive as his young resume is, he isn't the only one in his family with a creative mindset. Javier's brother Fabian, and his mother and father, Ester and Peter, recently launched a program called "Invent and Innovate" that helps youth use their imagination productively. They're also producing a TEDx event this fall in Woodlands, Texas, which they are calling "Kaleidoscope Mind."
The term kaleidoscope is Greek and is loosely interpreted as "an observer of beautiful forms." So what, then, is a kaleidoscope mind? The Hans family would say it's "a type of mind that is agile, flexible, self-aware, and informed by a diversity of experiences." It's a mind that is "able to perceive any given situation from a multitude of perspectives at will -- selecting from a rich repertoire of lenses or frameworks." They would say that a kaleidoscope mind is playful, and it must be able to "see patterns, connections, and relationships that more rigid minds miss." And they would say that a kaleidoscope mind can be taught. I would agree.