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The Element Audiobook

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

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.
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Publisher's Summary

The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves, most inspired, and achieve at their highest levels.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Sandra Grand Blanc, MI, USA 03-09-09
    Sandra Grand Blanc, MI, USA 03-09-09
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    "The Element"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    David West Hartford, CT, United States 11-27-12
    David West Hartford, CT, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A book everyone should read."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Missy 04-23-16
    Missy 04-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "top 10 book"

    the element has earned itself a place in my top 10 book list. when we focus on teachers teaching and students learning great things we can change the disaster of government run schooling with education.

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    Terrence Lowis 04-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A true education of who we are."

    A book that should be read by every educator across the US. We each have something to offer the world if someone would help us find that greatness.

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    Mckenzie 03-13-16
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    "Found a treasure!"

    This book creeped into my top 3 books on personal growth. It comes with a wardrobe of insights, I trust you'll find something to wear.

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    Grant Donnelly 02-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "something precious"

    this is a reminder for everyone who thinks they can't that they can. all you have to do is be open to what that Can is and be willing to go out and find it

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    Robbin 02-11-16
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    "Encouraging & Inspiring!"

    It's never too late to discover our passion! Inspiring stories about others who persevered to truly enter into operating in their element. Finding the place where innate talent and passion meet leads us to our Element. Sir Ken Robinson's sense of humor adds a twist of fun to the book. Excellent read!!

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    Derek 02-07-16
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    "First half better than the second"

    Expected more focus on the topic. Enjoyed reading but the finish felt long and varied.

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    Manfred T Peters 01-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye opener and everything else"

    It is really something that we have to face. If we do not, there will be not much of a future to think of.

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    Stuart 12-06-15
    Stuart 12-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Life changing"

    I have always said that the quote "mebody can't do everything but everybody can do something" is really so profound it could change our world. If everybody down there Alan and didn't little something they were born on earth to do we would have The world bursting with human resources, and every current problem known to man solved.
    If you don't know what your element this book will help you find it. It brilliant book by a brilliant man I hope one day his books are read by every teacher in training in universities around the world.

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    "Very good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, people can learn from it.
    There are some very good strong points in this book referring education that everyone should think about.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It has made me think.


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  • Brindusa Gabur
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    12/19/13
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    "Fantastic book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Element to be better than the print version?

    I found that listening to The Element was much more engaging than if I would have read it myself, because Sir Ken Robinson has such a great oratory gift.


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  • stuart
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    "The plain truth"

    Wow sir ken does it again. A brilliant simple yet deep appraisal of our himan need to understand and live in purpose.

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