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)
Rarely do I find a book I want to read twice, and even more rare is a book I want to listen to twice. The author is brilliant, the voice is attention grabbing. I recommend to everyone.
I was recommended this book, as an artist it should enlighten me to pursue my creative ideas. What I found instead was a dull enumeration of famous people who followed their paths and succeeded. Such an uninspiring book!
I felt the book had a few too many examples but overall it was good. I recommend this for all ages and backgrounds.
Self realization book.
I'm not sure, I haven't read the print version.
The anecdotes in this book are top notch - hearing stories of educators, mentors, and parents who figured out how to enable deep, non-traditional educational pursuits.
Ken Robinson is a fantastic storyteller - you get a feel for it in his TED talks, but this book goes much deeper (and some of the best stories ended up in his TED talk).
No - there is depth to this book. It's not like watching a movie.
I was a C student and was bored in school. I'm a baby boomer. I've been in the same profession for 27 years, it pays the bills. I also have a woodworking shop, and now I have a better understanding of why time does matter in there and why I enjoy it so much. I sent a copy to my daughter, hopefully it will be helpful for my granddaughter. she might not get put into the same cookie cutter mold.
Through the power of masterful storytelling, Sir Ken Robinson has weaved a wildly relatable and not-so-obviously obvious tapestry of the current state of humanity and proposes the start of some great ideas about how we together might create a solution to the sad truth of our educational system being stuck in an outdated rut.
No matter what do you fancy, from the Simpsons to dinosaurs to def poetry jams to the Beatles to Olympic speed skating and beyond, Ken Robinson knows how to appeal to your sensibility and shift your perspective.
This is an important read (ummmm...listen, I suppose), and one which is hard not to thoroughly enjoy-especial
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.
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