Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

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There is a paradox. As children, most of us think we are highly creative; as adults many of us think we are not. What changes as children grow up? Organizations across the globe are competing in a world that is changing faster than ever. They say they need people who can think creatively, who are flexible and quick to adapt. Too often they can't find them. Why not? In this provocative and inspiring book, Ken Robinson addresses three vital questions:

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Overview

There is a paradox. As children, most of us think we are highly creative; as adults many of us think we are not. What changes as children grow up? Organizations across the globe are competing in a world that is changing faster than ever. They say they need people who can think creatively, who are flexible and quick to adapt. Too often they can't find them. Why not? In this provocative and inspiring book, Ken Robinson addresses three vital questions:

Why is it essential to promote creativity? Business leaders, politicans and educators emphasize the vital importance of promoting creativity and innovation. Why does this matter so much?

What is the problem? Why do so many people think they're not creative? Young children are buzzing with ideas. What happens as we grow up and go through school to make us think we are not creative?

What can be done about it? What is creativity? What can companies, schools and organizations do to develop creativity and innovation in a deliberate and systematic way?

In this extensively revised and updated version of his bestselling classic, Ken Robinson offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding creativity in education and in business. He argues that people and organizations everywhere are dealing with problems that originate in schools and universities and that many people leave education with no idea at all of their real creative abilities. Out of Our Minds is a passionate and powerful call for radically different approaches to leadership, teaching and professional development to help us all to meet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century.

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"Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored . . . especially in our educational systems." —-John Cleese
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452654270
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Robinson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human resources.

British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009.

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Table of Contents

About the Author xi

Preface xiii

1 Out of Our Minds 1

2 Facing the Revolution 19

3 The Trouble with Education 49

4 The Academic Illusion 81

5 Knowing Your Mind 109

6 Being Creative 139

7 Feeling Better 167

8 You Are Not Alone 197

9 Being a Creative Leader 219

10 Learning to be Creative 245

Afterword 285

Endnotes 287

References 307

Index 315

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

    Cheers for "Out of Our Minds"!

    I learned a lot from reading this book. Many of the theories Robinson proposes are rooted in improving business performance and corporate creative output, but the underlying principles are applicable to education as well. I related to the idea of there being more than one aspect of intelligence, (an idea Robinson credits to various people including Howard Gardner) and I agree with many of his conclusions in this regard. I also think that he has a great point arguing that the arts are important in the development of "whole" children. This is not the first time I have heard him discuss this. Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY where he also emphasizes the importance of a broader education for all children. In these days of streamlining education and restrictive budgets, I hope that practitioners and politicians take the time to consider the implication of phasing out the so called "unnecessary " subjects and remember the advantages to having a society rich with many diverse talents and contributions!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    This is what we need to prepare students to be creative.

    This is an excellent book. Every educator should read it.
    Ken Robinson is an excellent writer and speaker.
    Teachers should be given the opportunity to encourage creativity
    instead of having to bore students with "Drill and kill".
    I hope you will find it helpful and thought provoking.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Interesting

    He has terrific concepts and brings things people never think about to the surface and they are issues that need to be heard.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    Informative and entertaining...important points for learning

    Ken Robinson has a gift for explaining complicated ideas clearly, concisely and with humor. The same style he uses to engage his Ted Talk audiences is used beautifully in this book. Important ideas!

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