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.
I am a teacher. Last year, I attended the funeral of a student. At what point do we stop cramming test prep and provide the fertile ground necessary for kids (and teachers) to do what they love and to thrive? It does no good to strive to meet the expectations of others when their expectations are miles off the mark.
Poetry, music, drama, art, discovering the beauty of science, the mind of the cartoonist, the depths and the universality of math. There's so much joy in being alive and in learning.
It's vital to bring that to life in class.
Thank you for this book, Ken Robinson.
Love everything about this book and onto reading Finding the element !!
Really all the explanations, the examples , how it's narrated , makes it a number one !!
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.
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.
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
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!!
"Inspiring and thought provoking"
I'm a huge fan of Sir Ken Robinson anyway, so this book was as fantastic as I'd hoped. I love the added humour in the dry wit style he's famous for, which only enhanced my enjoyment of the book.
This book is also much better heard than read in my opinion.
Yes, people can learn from it.
There are some very good strong points in this book referring education that everyone should think about.
It has made me think.
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.
"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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