Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

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"It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way andyou lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the otherway and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realizeour true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and to actdifferently towards each other. We must ...
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Overview

"It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way andyou lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the otherway and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realizeour true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and to actdifferently towards each other. We must learn to be creative."
Ken Robinson

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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

"Out of Our Minds explains why being creative in today'sworld is a vital necessity. This book is not to be missed."
Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-minute Manager and The Secret

"If ever there was a time when creativity was necessary for the survival andgrowth of any organization, it is now. This book, more than any other I know, providesimportant insights on how leaders can evoke and sustain those creative juices."
Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California; Thomas S. Murphy Distinguished Rresearch Fellow, Harvard Business School; Best-selling Author, Geeks and Geezers

"All corporate leaders should read this book."
Richard Scase, Author and Business Forecaster

"This really is a remarkable book. It does for human resources what Rachel Carson's Silent Spring did for the environment."
Wally Olins, Founder, Wolff-olins

"Books about creativity are not always creative. Ken Robinson's is a welcome exception"
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, c.s. and d.j. Davidson Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University; Director, Quality of Life Research Center; Best-selling Author, Flow

"The best analysis I've seen of the disjunction between the kinds of intelligence that we have traditionally honored in schools and the kinds ofcreativity that we need today in our organizations and our society."
Howard Gardner, a. hobbs professor in cognition and education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Best-selling Author, Frames of Mind

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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: 9781907312472
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 62,487
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

SIR KEN ROBINSON PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.
Sir Ken is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Warwick in the UK and has worked with governments in Europe, Asia and the United States, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations. His renowned talks at the annual TED conference (2006 and 2010) continued to be viewed online by many millions of people around the world. In 2003, he received a knighthood from H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. In 2005 he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN's Principal Voices. He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his international work in education, creativity and cultural development.
He is author of New York Times bestseller The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, which has been translated into 20 languages.
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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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