The Element draws on the stories of a wide range of people: Paul McCartney; The Simpsons creator Matt Groening; Meg Ryan; Gillian Lynne, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera; journalist Arianna Huffington; renowned physicist Richard Feynman; and many others, including business leaders and athletes. It explores the components of this new paradigm: the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities.
With a wry sense of humor, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the Element and those that stifle that possibility. He shows that age and occupation are no barrier and that once we have found our path, we can help others do so as well. The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st century.
©2008 Ken Robinson, Ph.D; (P)2009 Tantor
"Motivating and persuasive, this entertaining and inspiring book will appeal to a wide audience." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Element offers life-altering insights about the discovery of your true best self." (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
I loved it! Very inspirational. Great for everyone. I feel that it may especially help parents to be better able to see their children in a different light.
This is a book I am ready to start handing out at airports, as it eloquently articulates some of the fundamental socioeconomic issues of the Western World (particularly the US) due to our failing school system. He explains the problem is systemic — the entire schema of teaching in a top-down, industrialized, mass-production model that is so focused on teaching content is outmoded and irrelevant for today's economy, never mind tomorrow's. Educating kids in a way that is relevant and effective for them requires us to teach to the individual, not a standardized test — teaching them how to become life learners in areas that play to their strengths is the key.
The fact that he reads this himself adds a great deal, as he is a great speaker. Also hilarious.
A refreshing perspective society is desperately in need of. Gives us a look at current failing education system and a unique detailed view on those that work. It's not a self help book, but will definitely make you question your path in life or provide reassurance... I love hearing about the struggles and triumphs of so many interesting people, like Matt Groening, Chuck Close, Paul McCartney, and so many more... Sir Ken Robinson definitely took his time with this gem, there are so many references, studies, interviews and quotes, I found myself going back to previous chapters to make sure I didn't miss anything (not sure if that's a good thing, if you want to get through it quickly)... First time I ever heard of the term "element" wish I knew about it growing up, I guess it's never too late to start. Can't wait to start the next one.
I haven't read the print version of this book, but I'm seriously considering getting one and giving it to our school principal.
It just really struck a chord with me. And, it has already helped.
The narration didn't get in the way of the message, which isn't as easy to achieve as it should be.
That the education system needs a massive overhaul. It has for a long time and we really need to make it happen.
This is important for you, even more so if you have kids or grandkids.
I'm new to the audiobook experience, but very much enjoyed The Element. Easy to listen to and clear. It did not tip into "self-help", but presented the material with scientific back up in a way that was easily accessible to all. Good read!
Your element does not have to be the center of your life (i.e. Your paid profession), but simply needs to be a part of your life, and should inform your life design.
The book offered tremendous amounts of examples and the benefits of finding one's Element. It seemed as though 80-90% of the examples were in the arts. I would have preferred more diversity. The left wing talking points in the final chapter were unnecessary. I also acknowledge this was less than 1% of the text.
Despite these critiques, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and it provided me with strategies to further explore my true element and provided a framework for discussions with my children.
... For all humanity really.
Nothing different than what I've come to expect from Sir Robinson.
If I have any spiritual practice at all. I f I need to name my religion - I'd say the pursuit of the element in myself my kids and all who I may be able to reach is my "religious experience"
This is no doubt one of the most inspiring books I've ever read. I left with a distinct motivation to ensure I had found my purpose and ensuring I was assisting those around me with finding theirs!
The end took a bit of a political turn when it comes to the public education system, and that won't sit well with everyone. Despite that, and I agree with Ken on the topic, I think Ken is coming from a good place here and his material was spot on and valid.
Ken's accent was a nice change of pace and his performance was excellent.
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