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:
In this extensively revised and updated version of his best-selling 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)
I find Ken Robinson's TED talks absolutely fascinating. Hoping his books would be the same, I picked up "Out of Our Minds". After some stumbling and a lot of duplicated information in the beginning, it picks up into the meat of the subject about an hour in. I will certainly be listening to more of Robinson, though I hope it gets more streamlined as time goes on.
The narrator completely misses the sense of timing and cadence of speech that makes Ken Robinson so pleasing to listen to. Jokes are recognizable as "supposed to be" funny, but fall completely flat. To his credit, John Lee enunciates well and doesn't let his accent obscure any words.
There is a *lot* of duplication in the first hour or so, and quite a bit of rambling after that. I'm currently about 3 hours in, and feel like I've only gotten about 30 minutes of actual content. If there is ever an abridged version, I would recommend starting there.
No, the narrative is dry and hard to follow and does not provide justice to the work
The words of Sir Ken Robinson
It was extremely monotone and robotic. Sir Ken's work should be engaging. This was not.
This book deals more with how education trains students to fear creativity rather than how to actually be creative. I think most readers understand that traditional education teaches more conformity than creativity and this book tends to just reinforce this topic over and over.
I was more impressed with "Beyond the Obvious" and how they actually explored real ways to challenge and change your normal process of thinking and creativity.
Info in the book was interesting but I had trouble paying attention because the narration was distracting/annoying. Very choppy, up and down intonation that pulled me away from the content.
I found interesting how Ken Robinson spends most of his book explaining (or at least enumerating) the great creative innovations in human history.
A voice I could hear and understand as he was reading the narrative. Unfortunately there were some areas where the narrative became difficult to understand, fortunately these passages were short and rarely occurred...
Because it totaled nearly 10 hours it would be difficult to listen in one sitting but there were several passages I did not want to take a break from...
Like in his inspired "The Element", Robinson delves into the importance of creativity in our country and world, and how our educational system is not built to foster it in our kids. More data-driven than the Element, it is more informative than inspirational, but still serves as a call to arms for those interested in truly reforming our schools. Moreover, it explains to the layman why s/he should care about the issue.
Lee's performance is certainly adequate, but I was spoiled by hearing Sir Ken's own voice reading the Element.
Ken Robinson has written a truly inspirational exploration of the state of education; past, present and future. His observations of how and why our educational system has evolved, offer intriguing insights into what is possible if we take stock and shift our focus. Our young people are our future and we need to make some major changes, so they can reach their full potential and their dreams can transport us all into an incredible future.
The narrative was wonderful. It was such a nice surprise to hear an english accent.
So many of the narrators of these books are Americans.
The information could have been dry and hard to swallow, instead I found the way it was offered enlightening and entertaining.
Being Australian I am not partial to most American accents often they can sound quite harsh, so it was with great pleasure that I could listen to an English accent.
This audiobook was great, but I feel even the most dullest of books could be brought to life by John Lee's voice.
It is the first time that I have actually listened to an audiobook twice.
The text is not really meant to move you. However it did give you the desire to start a revolution to change how we educate our children.
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