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)
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The audio allows me to invest an hour or more at a time
No, several morning sittings
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The book is full of inspirational stories about people who have found themselves, or found their
I'm dying to listen to
I think the opening story about Gillian Lynne, choreographer of Cats and Phantom of the Opera, set the tone perfectly for the rest of the book. I dare you to read that story without coming to tears.
Often authors shouldn't narrate their own books, but Ken Robinson, whom I first discovered through a TED Talk, lends a dynamism to his work that a third-party narrator probably wouldn't be able to capture.
Sir Ken Robinson verbally walks through experiences. He is very adept at sharing discoveries in a way that you feel you are there.
As you hear about different people and how they discover their element you can't help but think that you might have a higher purpose that maybe you thought. It also helps to rethink your current situation and that life isn't over till it's over.
I have not listened to any other books by Sir Ken Robinson yet but I intend on listening to his follow up book Out of Our Minds.
I listened to this book over several days as time allowed.
It is related to education. Education is the base of any important society.
Eragon, naturally find your way to what you like to do the most.
How easy is to understand.
How teachers like me teach and learn how students think. Presenting my subject in a diverse fashion rather than a single form. In this demanding and powerful XXI century we need to commit to go beyond the standards. I believe kids can go beyond we think if we motivate them or we give them the excuse to go there.
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Perfect mix of relevant testimonies, storytelling and inspiring ideas.
Seeing my children (<1, 5, 8) with new eyes, imagining ways to expand their creativity, instead of pushing for learning more grammar or math :). Looking at school differently too now.
There was no particular character.
Yes, but couldn't :). It took me a few days to finish it, mostly while commuting to work and on a short trip.
I'm not an english native speaker, so I was initially hesitant about this audiobook, being Sir Ken from England (which typically have a very different and harder to understand accent than americans). But having heard him in a Ted conference, I grew confident I'd understand him just fine.
I was right. He has a perfect diction, even if he reads a bit fast, he's perfectly understandable for a non-native english speaker.
Sir Ken's book is inspiring, funny, and highly informative. Moreover, he's an excellent reader. This is probably the best title I've purchased from audible.com, and I've bought quite a few. If you're serious about self-actualization (a la Maslow's hierarchy of needs), get this book.
Oh, and I don't live in Tunisia, despite what audible says.
This is the most inspirational book I've ever experienced. I will listen to it more than once that's for sure. Well worth the credit!
This book helps you see why you have felt like a fish out of water - and some suggestions for taking action. The reading is excellent. Don't go in expecting a ton of suggestions and steps, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the motivational aspect of the book to get moving in finding your element. Thanks.
This is an essential book for everyone looking for direction or looking to direct others in life and work. The author presents a very simple message - to follow your passion - but does so in a unique way mixing the stories of various figures, from different fields and backgrounds with humour and common sense. The narration is also surprisingly well done.
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