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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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    Rex Miller Dallas 05-07-12
    Rex Miller Dallas 05-07-12 Member Since 2010

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    "There is a place for everyone"
    Where does The Element rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 books


    What does Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The audio allows me to invest an hour or more at a time


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, several morning sittings


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    Seth H. Wilson Venice, CA USA 03-29-12
    Seth H. Wilson Venice, CA USA 03-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Success Principles for Creatives"
    If you could sum up The Element in three words, what would they be?

    education paradigm shift


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is full of inspirational stories about people who have found themselves, or found their


    Have you listened to any of Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm dying to listen to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    OlTom Venice, FL, United States 02-29-12
    OlTom Venice, FL, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Education should be evolutional"
    What made the experience of listening to The Element the most enjoyable?

    Sir Ken Robinson verbally walks through experiences. He is very adept at sharing discoveries in a way that you feel you are there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book over several days as time allowed.


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    SONYA WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 02-25-12
    SONYA WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 02-25-12

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    "For teachers"
    What made the experience of listening to The Element the most enjoyable?

    It is related to education. Education is the base of any important society.


    What other book might you compare The Element to and why?

    Eragon, naturally find your way to what you like to do the most.


    What about Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica ’s performance did you like?

    How easy is to understand.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Element?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks Bro. This Bday gift was the best!!! Gracias! ☺

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    Daniel Redmond, WA, United States 01-16-12
    Daniel Redmond, WA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A mind opening book about education and your muse"
    What did you love best about The Element?

    Perfect mix of relevant testimonies, storytelling and inspiring ideas.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Element?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica – was your favorite?

    There was no particular character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but couldn't :). It took me a few days to finish it, mostly while commuting to work and on a short trip.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mary 11-26-11
    Mary 11-26-11
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    "an intelligent, highly motivating book"

    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.

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    Beth Kemptville, ON, Canada 11-25-11
    Beth Kemptville, ON, Canada 11-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    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!

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    Heather APEX, NC, United States 11-20-11
    Heather APEX, NC, United States 11-20-11
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    "BEST EVER!"

    I am listening to this for the 3rd time! What an incredible book! HIGHLY recommended! Insightful, well read, humorous and very enlightening!

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    Roxana Fort Collins, CO, United States 11-08-11
    Roxana Fort Collins, CO, United States 11-08-11
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    "Gets you moving"

    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.

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    Mr Hunters Hill, Australia 06-04-10
    Mr Hunters Hill, Australia 06-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A must read for EVERYBODY"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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