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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 2 edition (February 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907312471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907312472
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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inspiring, witty and engaging book. (Tes.co.uk, April 2011). straightforward, amusing and useful. (Management Today, May 2011). a book with the potential to be a catalyst for system-wide change. (Times Educational Supplement, May 2011). 'Now more global in perspective the book seems more important than ever His rallying cry still deserves to be heard. (Business Life, May 2011).

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There is a paradox. As children, most of us think we are highlycreative; as adults many of us think we are not. What changes aschildren grow up? Organizations across the globe are competing in aworld that is changing faster than ever. They say they need peoplewho can think creatively, who are flexible and quick to adapt. Toooften they say they can't find them. Why not? In this provocativeand inspiring book, Ken Robinson addresses three vital questions:
  • Why is it essential to promote creativity? Businessleaders, politicians and educators emphasize the vital importanceof promoting creativity andinnovation. Why does this matter somuch?
  • What is the problem? Why do so many people thinkthey're not creative? Young children are buzzing with ideas. Whathappens as we grow up and go through school to make us think wearenot creative?
  • What can be done about it? What is creativity? What cancompanies, schools and organizations do to develop creativity andinnovation in a deliberate and systematic way?

In this extensively revised and updated version of hisbestselling classic, Out of Our Minds, Ken Robinson offers agroundbreaking approach to understanding creativity in educationand in business. He argues that people and organizations everywhereare dealing with problems that originate in schools anduniversities and that many people leave education with no idea atall of their real creative abilities. Out of Our Minds is apassionate and powerful call for radically different approaches toleadership, teaching and professional development to help us all tomeet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21stcentury.

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Very interesting book with many down to earth suggestions.
Sir Ken Robinson is one of the most sought after speakers especially for education.
Everyone should read this book, and each of us will benefit from every page.
Richad of Connecticut

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Todd B. Kashdan VINE VOICE on September 5, 2011
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I'm unsure why its taken me this long to digest anything by Ken Robinson. After reading a free copy of this revamped book, I am officially a fan. Let me give a few reasons why this needs to get into the hands of teachers, businessman, policy makers, parents, and basically everyone else:

1. Nearly everyone wants the people around them to be more creative but the dominant paradigm in education, politics, and business is conformity. Everybody wants the creativity and innovation but without the risk of failing. This book, like many others, explains why creativity requires the freedom to inquire, explore, and fail in the pursuit of breaking new territory.

2. Society is changing at far too fast a rate to rely on past information as a means of educating people

3. Traditional systems of learning and governing are antiquated, and far too wed to a narrow conception of intelligence

Ken's ideas are couched in science but he does a fantastic job of putting it into the background so that it doesn't derail the narrative. He is brilliant at weaving brief sentences and chapters together, building tension until the final 2 chapters that focus on increasing the amount of creativity in the world. The only criticism I have is that the reference section was incomplete and does not allow the reader to retrace his steps. Tons of references to newspaper articles and website addresses instead of more useful books and articles. This is a minor criticism and in fact, consider it a compliment. After finishing this in two nights, I wanted to follow the breadcrumbs to the most groundbreaking strategies for cultivating creativity.

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158 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Richad of Connecticut VINE VOICE on September 6, 2011
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There is simply no better way to absorb worthwhile information than from a great book. I knew I was onto something with this book when I saw some of the people who took the time to write a couple of sentences of praise on behalf of author Ken Robinson's work. They included Howard Gardner and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (don't try to pronounce it; I have been trying for years).

Now Howard Gardner is the man who runs Project Zero at Harvard. He is also a two time recipient of the MacArthur Genius award. His impact on our country and the world has been massive. I suggest you read anything that writes, anything. This is the man who developed the theory of multiple intelligences. Then you have Csikszentmihalyi who came up with the concept of FLOW. The state in which you are so passionately involved in a project, time is just flying by, you are in a peak experience as Abraham Maslow use to say. For these two giants (read all their books by the way) to write words of praise told me this book is going to be something special. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.

About one in every 100 books I read is truly special, impactful, worthy of remembrance, and re-reading. "Out of Our Minds" is one of those rare books. You read it, and you feel the author's energy surging from the book and into your mind. You will be transformed, and you must re-visit this narrative from time to time. You will be sorry when it's over, because you will want more. Everyone should read this book, and each of us will benefit from every page.
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135 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Amber FLYNN VINE VOICE on October 27, 2011
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I cannot give this book a bad review, but I can warn potential readers to be careful that the title of the book does not equate with the material presented in this book. The title is simply not clear. It is called "Out of our Minds, Learning to be Creative." I am definitely interested in learning how to be "Out of my Mind and Learning to be Creative" but that is not what this book was about for me.

Like another reviewer of this book, I wanted to throw this book across the room several times. But I stuck in there and read it through. Sometimes the material was interesting, but overall not very memorable for me.

This is a book about the educational system and what changes need to be made collectively to include creativity in the curriculum. This is also a Tome about the History of Education, and the ongoing changes in Academia. This book may also help an individual who wants to start their creative process, but it is not about learning to be creative. This book reads like a PhD dissertation turned into a book, but it does not speak to those of us who have already embraced a life of creativity and want to learn how to be more creative.

I would recommend this book to those individuals who are ready to get out of Academia and pursue a path of creativity, but if you are already an artist or very connected to your creativity this book will be very frustrating. I would recommend the Artists Way by Julia Cameron if you want a great book on how to unblock and enjoy your creative process.

What I did get out of this book were plenty of factoids about education and academia. Mr. Robinson is a bit of a high tower intellectual and so the material reads a bit dry and informative.
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