Think Like a Genius – CEO Nancy Faunce
Leonardo da Vinci is still considered to be one of the world’s greatest thinkers and an unparalleled genius. That is why FasTracKids refers to his principles when describing what our programs can do for a child.
One of the most wonderful gifts I received from a friend was a book called How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb. This book not only informed me on aspects of da Vinci’s life, but more importantly, gave me valuable insight on what principles he used to become so remarkable.
Leonardo da Vinci was the poster child of the Renaissance Man. He was an artist, architect, sculptor, inventor, military engineer and scientist. The Renaissance Man or Woman, called uomo universale, suggests a well-rounded, balanced person who is comfortable with both art and science. The modern uomo universale is also known to be computer literate, globally aware and mentally literate (familiar with the workings of the human mind). Those who have studied da Vinci identified seven principles that he used in expressing his genius.
Curiosità – an insatiable curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning
Dimostrazione – a commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence and a willingness to learn from mistakes. Learning through practical experience.
Sensazione – the continual refinement of the senses as the means to enliven experience
Sfumato – a willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty
Arte/Scienza – the development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination. Whole-brain thinking.
Corporalita – the cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness and poise
Connessione – a recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking.
Despite the trend towards specialization, the world needs the modern uomo universale. FasTracKids programs and methodology teach students to learn according to these Da Vincian principles, creating a balanced child. Parents and FasTracKids can work together to develop the future of the uomo universal, and through this work may see the next da Vinci sooner than we think.