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Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative Hardcover – February 21, 2011
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- Why is it essential to promote creativity? Business leaders, politicians and educators emphasize the vital importance of promoting creativity andinnovation. 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 arenot 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, Out of Our Minds, 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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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I wish it has more practice ideas for teachers, not just business leaders and whole schools or school systems. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kathryn
Ken Robinson is HERE For our times!!!! For sure our kids are DONE with the awfully boring classroom tedium of the Industrial Age--creating robots schools---and are totally ready... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Abundance4all
A great addition to my creativity library. Wonderful perspective.Published 2 months ago by Grandma Ann
as always this guy makes you think twice about everything we do in our academic/personal lives.
If you haven't read anything from Ken Robinson, believe me, it's not too late,... Read more
Not finished yet but the book is helping me understand my own inhibitions betterPublished 5 months ago by Ritch S. Leone