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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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PRAISE FOR OUT OF OUR MINDS
"Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored . . . especially in our educational systems."
"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
- Publisher : Capstone; 2nd edition (February 21, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1907312471
- ISBN-13 : 978-1907312472
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #488,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Out of our Minds: Learning to be Creative is a well-organized, methodical read that covers many of these concepts in the context of history and the future that further enlighten the reader. It also is a thorough examination of the need for creativity and ways we can enhance our natural abilities within a culture. The applications of imagination, creativity and innovation are clearly explained, especially in the area of education which seems to be an emphasis for the author. In discussion of the creative process, we get a sense of what it is internally, but the individual experience of the process is not a major topic within the book.
After all, we doesn't want our leaders to be creative for the good of the whole? So--get going and get this book and start increasing our own creativity and that of anyone we teach and or work with.
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With two young boys just embarking on a primary school education in the UK, Sir Ken Robinson's No1 TED talk on how schools can teach creativity out of children was wake up call and it changed my life. I've been told that what I then did has changed the lives of many children such is the inspiration that this book generates.
I'm embarrassed to say that having bought it a few years back I just found it under a pile of unread books, and read it.
It was well worth the wait and joins a lot of the dots. I'll warn you though, it can get a bit heavy and academic here and there and lost me once or twice.
While his other book 'The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything' is really the (self help) book of the TED talk. This is the THINKING behind the TED talk and I doubt you'll find a more accessible, comprehensive guide to the theory and importance of creativity in all its forms.and why it matters so much.
If you have children in your life, as a parent, teacher, mentor or just care about our future, read it.
Here's what it made me do. www.steamco.org.uk - are you with us?
If you are a parent - read it
if you're an art teacher - read it
If you're a teacher - read it
if you're a headteacher - read it and get your staff to read it.
if you're an education administrator - read it and reflect.
If you teach education - you should have already read it.
If you are in the dept of education - read it several times.
If you are the minister for education - read it until you get it and start again.