There is a paradox. As children, most of us think we are highly creative; as adults many of us think we are not. What changes as children grow up? Organizations across the globe are competing in a world that is changing faster than ever. They say they need people who can think creatively, who are flexible and quick to adapt. Too often they can't find them. Why not? In this provocative and inspiring book, Ken Robinson addresses three vital questions:
In this extensively revised and updated version of his best-selling classic, Ken Robinson offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding creativity in education and in business. He argues that people and organizations everywhere are dealing with problems that originate in schools and universities and that many people leave education with no idea at all of their real creative abilities. Out of Our Minds is a passionate and powerful call for radically different approaches to leadership, teaching and professional development to help us all to meet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century.
©2011 Ken Robinson (P)2011 Tantor
"Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored . . . especially in our educational systems." (John Cleese)
I would think twice about trying another book by either the author and/or the reader. The content was too lightweight and general and the reading did not capture the spirit of the author, his style, or humour.
The narrator mispronounced too many words and also misunderstood the rhythm and stress of the author's speech style.
No, I'm afraid the content was too general to be engaging. It took a long time to develop towards the deeper ideas that emerged towards the latter sections of the book. Too much trivia and google-search facts in the early stages.
Quite frustrating if you appreciate that creativity is a serious topic that can be explored at depth. This was a popularised conception that actually clouded the subject as much as shed light on it. A missed opportunity at so many levels.
I already knew that schools and other institutions discourage creativity. I bought this audiobook to get a better understanding of how this phenomenum works.
His definition of creativiy is not original, and his points can all be found in other books with better explanations to them.
It's OK to listen to this if you have nothing else. He does provide a few jokes and interesting stories.
Oh, and I should mention that I've stopped listening to it an hour from the end.
If the reader read the words with an emphasis that enforced their meaning instead of contradicting it.
I'm sure this book is great - I'm a fan of Robinson - but I found it impossible to concentrate on this because it was so badly read.
My first purchase on Audible and extremely disappointing.
I found interesting how Ken Robinson spends most of his book explaining (or at least enumerating) the great creative innovations in human history.
A voice I could hear and understand as he was reading the narrative. Unfortunately there were some areas where the narrative became difficult to understand, fortunately these passages were short and rarely occurred...
Because it totaled nearly 10 hours it would be difficult to listen in one sitting but there were several passages I did not want to take a break from...
Like in his inspired "The Element", Robinson delves into the importance of creativity in our country and world, and how our educational system is not built to foster it in our kids. More data-driven than the Element, it is more informative than inspirational, but still serves as a call to arms for those interested in truly reforming our schools. Moreover, it explains to the layman why s/he should care about the issue.
Lee's performance is certainly adequate, but I was spoiled by hearing Sir Ken's own voice reading the Element.
Ken Robinson has written a truly inspirational exploration of the state of education; past, present and future. His observations of how and why our educational system has evolved, offer intriguing insights into what is possible if we take stock and shift our focus. Our young people are our future and we need to make some major changes, so they can reach their full potential and their dreams can transport us all into an incredible future.
The narrative was wonderful. It was such a nice surprise to hear an english accent.
So many of the narrators of these books are Americans.
The information could have been dry and hard to swallow, instead I found the way it was offered enlightening and entertaining.
Being Australian I am not partial to most American accents often they can sound quite harsh, so it was with great pleasure that I could listen to an English accent.
This audiobook was great, but I feel even the most dullest of books could be brought to life by John Lee's voice.
It is the first time that I have actually listened to an audiobook twice.
The text is not really meant to move you. However it did give you the desire to start a revolution to change how we educate our children.
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