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 have almost 200 titles in my Audible library and this is one of my new favorites. This book is well thought out, well written, and well read. It was valuable to me on a personal level and entertaining as well. I enjoyed listening to it so much I immediately started it over to listen again to absorb more of the material, something I have never been interested in doing with other titles. I plan to have my teenage son listen with me on the way to and from school. I am not only digging deeper to uncover my element, but much more aware of how to help nurture it and support it's development in my 3 children. Thought provoking and sprinkled with some laughs. Truly worth a listen.
it had a lot of research of successful people from the past and the future to bring on a newer term of what element means to the author and stands firm in what he believes in against the current education system.
I'll take my time to re listen to the book at a slower pace for the examples that he listed, and perhaps use them in my educational purposes.
I enjoyed the stories the author used. While these alone could merit a book, he uses them to point out a goal, several problems, and several solutions. The author points out that the solutions presented are not the end goal, but the betterment of society as a whole through creative thinking.
This was a wonderful look at what makes individuals succeed as well as a history of our educational system and standardized testing, told through many real life stories.
Wonderful insight into my own life and what I keep searching for to find fulfillment. Sir Ken is thoughtful in his approach and fills the book with examples to justify his points.
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