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Sometimes Melodies U2 Conference


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Dr. Brian Housand's presentation of Jeff Danielian's paper on the creative life of Bono at the U2 Academic Conference
Raleigh, NC
October 4, 2009

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Sometimes Melodies U2 Conference

  1. 1. Sometimes melodies are not songs, they are ideas: The creative life of Bono and implications for talent development<br />Brian Housand, PhD<br />East Carolina University<br />Jeff Danielian<br />National Association for Gifted Children<br />
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  3. 3. When I was a kid in Dublin, I watched in awe as America put a man on the moon and I thought, wow this is mad! Nothing is impossible in America! America, they can do anything over there! <br />
  4. 4. Nothing was impossible, only human nature, and it followed because it was led. Is that still true? Tell me it&apos;s true. It is true isn&apos;t it? And if it isn&apos;t, you of all people can make it true again.<br />
  5. 5. THE GOAL<br />Examine the creative and altruistic life of Bono through one definition of giftedness<br />Discuss implications for talent development and education<br />
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  8. 8. Bono does not see a difference between both aspects of his life. In Bono’s eyes, they are the same. <br />The world, his stage<br />His concerts, a platform<br />His cause, the words and lyrics<br />Politicians, his band mates<br />His ideas, melodies. <br />His music, advocacy.<br />
  9. 9. Joseph Renzulli<br /> “A better understanding of people who use their gifts in socially constructive ways can help us create conditions that expand the number of people who contribute to the growth of social as well as economic capital.” <br />
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  12. 12. Optimism<br />Cognitive, emotional, and motivational components reflecting the belief that the future holds good outcomes. <br />Optimism may be thought of as an attitude associated with expectations of a future that is socially desirable, to the individual&apos;s advantage, or to the advantage of others. <br />It is characterized by a sense of hope and a willingness to accept hard work.<br />
  13. 13. Bono’s Sense of Optimism <br />Willingness to do whatever it takes to meet the goals he sets for himself<br />Patient, yet persistent<br />Rarely contemplates failure<br />Hopeful about the future and the spread of peace throughout the world.<br />
  14. 14. Optimism about change during a troubled time<br /> Under a blood-red skyA crowd has gathered in black and whiteArms entwined, the chosen fewThe newspaper says, saysSay it&apos;s true, it&apos;s true...And we can break throughThough torn in twoWe can be one. <br />
  15. 15. Courage<br />The ability to face difficulty or danger while overcoming physical, psychological, or moral fears. <br /> Integrity and strength of character are typical manifestations of courage, and they represent the most salient marks of those creative people who actually increase social capital.<br />
  16. 16. His attempts to become educated in the subject of economics. <br />“Know your subject, know your opponent”, before getting into a debate. <br />Has a strong sense of leadership. <br />Refuses to take no for an answer. <br />
  17. 17. I like the sound of my own voice.I didn’t give anyone else a choice.<br />
  18. 18. I&apos;m not afraid of anything in this world,There&apos;s nothing you can throw at me that I haven&apos;t already heard.I&apos;m just trying to find a decent melody,A song that I can sing in my own company.<br />
  19. 19. Romance with a Topic or Discipline<br /> When an individual is passionate about a topic or discipline, a true romance, characterized by powerful emotions and desires, evolves. <br /> The passion of this romance often becomes an image of the future in young people and provides the motivation for a long-term commitment to a course of action. <br />
  20. 20. A Trip to Africa: Eyes Opened<br />
  21. 21. “What is going on in Africa defies all concepts that we hold to be true: our concept of neighbor, our concept of civilization, our concept of equality, of love.” The song One spells it out beautifully, and it is no coincidence that ONE is the name of the organization he started:<br />One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should.One life with each other: sisters, brothers.One life, but we&apos;re not the same.We get to carry each other, carry each other.One, one.<br /> (Achtung Baby, 1991)<br />
  22. 22. Sensitivity to Human Concerns<br />Encompasses the abilities to comprehend another&apos;s affective world and to accurately and sensitively communicate such understanding through action. Altruism and empathy are evident throughout human development.<br />
  23. 23. “And it&apos;s true we are immuneWhen fact is fiction and TV reality.And today the millions cryWe eat and drink while tomorrow they die”<br />Sunday Bloody Sunday<br />1983<br />
  24. 24. “6,500 Africans are still dying every day of a preventable, treatable disease, for lack of drugs we can buy at any drug store. This is not about charity, this is about Justice and Equality.”<br />
  25. 25. Where you live should not decideWhether you live or whether you dieThree to a bedSister Ann, she saidDignity passes by<br />Crumbs from Your Table<br />2004<br />
  26. 26. Physical/Mental Energy<br />All people have this trait in varying degrees, but the amount of energy an individual is willing and able to invest in the achievement of a goal is a crucial issue in high levels of accomplishment. <br />In the case of eminent individuals, this energy investment is a major contributor to task commitment. <br />Charisma and curiosity are frequent correlates of high physical and mental energy. <br />
  27. 27. I’m aliveI’m being bornI just arrived, <br />I’m at the doorOf the place <br />I started out from And I want back inside.<br />
  28. 28. Vision / Sense of Destiny<br />Complex and difficult to define, vision and a sense of destiny may best be described by a variety of interrelated concepts, such as internal locus of control, motivation, volition, and self-efficacy. <br />When an individual has a vision or sense of destiny about future activities, events, and involvements, that vision serves to stimulate planning and direct behavior.<br />
  29. 29. Bono has a clear direction for his life, modeling it after others who have come before him. <br />Sung about Martin Luther King, Jr. in MLK:<br /> <br /> Sleep, sleep tonightAnd may your dreams be realized.If the thunder cloud passes rainSo let it rain, let it rainRain down on he.<br /> Paraphrases Gandhi, singing about his<br /> vision for change in the song Elevation:<br /> “The goal is elevation” <br />
  30. 30. “You know, celebrity is ridiculous. It’s silly, but it is a kind of currency, and you have to spend it wisely. And I’ve learned that much.”<br />
  31. 31. The Promotion of Social Capital<br />Renzulli defines social capital as:“a set of intangible assets that address the collective needs and problems of other individuals and our communities at large.” <br />The punch you throw is not your own” says Bono, “I available to be used”, says Bono, “But I’m not a cheap date.” <br />
  32. 32. Renzulli asks, “what causes some people to mobilize their interpersonal, political, ethical, and moral lives in such ways that they place human concerns and the common good above materialism, ego enhancement, and self indulgence.” <br /> Direct experience, involvement, and education are the catalyst.<br /> Bono states:“The instinct is what you always knew; intellect is what you figure out.<br />
  33. 33. “In the end, it is ideas that turn us on, whether they are philosophical, commercial, or political, <br />what I would call them is melodies.<br />I need to hear a great melody even if it is not a song.” <br />
  34. 34. How do educators encourage this kind of thinking in students?<br />
  35. 35. Renzulli’s Enrichment Triad Model<br />
  36. 36. 3<br />The student must posses a romance, love, or strong interest with the idea or discipline chosen. <br />They must understand what skills and training are needed for them to accomplish and carry out the goal.<br />They must be dedicated and committed to the idea.<br />
  37. 37. Students Need To See <br />Doctors and teachers who travel across the globe, healing and educating.<br />Politicians who lobby and fight strongly for a cause.<br />Engineers and economists who seek to establish community and financial structure in ailing countries.<br />Scientists who involve themselves in medical and genetic research.<br />Stars of celebrity status who use their creativity and commitment not just for entertainment, but to improve the world. <br />
  38. 38. Enrichment Triad in Action<br />Type I: Exposure<br /> At the Local, State, National, and International<br />
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  40. 40. Takes on a completely new significance. Students not only immerse themselves in an area of interest they also use this awareness in the promotion of Social Capital and the realization of their own human potential. <br />Type III<br />
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  44. 44. “Every generation has a chance to change the world. Pity the nation that won’t listen to its boys and girls.<br />The sweetest melody is the one we haven’t heard.”<br />-I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy TonightNo Line on The Horizon, 2009<br />
  45. 45. T Y V M <br />