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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:

  • Why is it essential to promote creativity? Business leaders, politicians and educators emphasize the vital importance of promoting creativity and innovation. Why does this matter so much?
  • What is the problem? Why do so many people think they're not creative? Young children are buzzing with ideas. What happens as we grow up and go through school to make us think we are not creative?
  • What can be done about it? What is creativity? What can companies, schools and organizations do to develop creativity and innovation in a deliberate and systematic way?

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

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"Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored . . . especially in our educational systems." (John Cleese)

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  • Kathryn
  • Madison, Alabama, United States
  • 02-03-14

Needs a different narrator

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Am on my second listen and am still struggling to get through this. Sir Ken Robinson's work is fascinating as usual, but I am totally put off by the narrator. The narration is flat and clinical. I find my mind wandering when I listen to this narrator. He reads with all the feeling of the electronic voice in the Atlanta airport trains. I am sure this book has much to offer, but the narration makes it seem more like a text book ... and we all know how fascinating those are. In light of the narration, I would recommend the print edition.

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  • Richard
  • Fort Collins, CO, United States
  • 11-03-15

Draaaaaaaag

I don't write many reviews and I enjoyed watching Ken Robinson's discussion with Eckhart Tolle. His presence was wonderful. This book was mentioned and I decided to download the Audible version. I am into chapter 3 and the ceaseless story of numbers, how powerful computers are and will be, along with the population growth is WAY OVER THE TOP!!!

OK, enough with this nonsense! If it continues much longer I will change my review to ZERO stars and request a refund.

What was his editor thinking?!

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Not as creative as expected

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.

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Terrible narration. Unlistenable.

What would have made Out of Our Minds better?

If the reader read the words with an emphasis that enforced their meaning instead of contradicting it.

What was most disappointing about Ken Robinson’s story?

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.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

Absolutely not.

What character would you cut from Out of Our Minds?

N/A

Any additional comments?

My first purchase on Audible and extremely disappointing.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

Would you try another book from Ken Robinson and/or John Lee?

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.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator mispronounced too many words and also misunderstood the rhythm and stress of the author's speech style.

Do you think Out of Our Minds needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

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.

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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.

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Change

A must read and put into practice right away. Stop limiting creativity by implementing Mister Robinson strategies.

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Amazing insights and a must for new parents

this book has given me the confidence on how can I educate my children so as to release their abilities for leading a wonderful life and make this world a sustainable place to live

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No practical advice

I expected to get practical advice and insight how to improve creativity.
Instead there was several hours of listening of well-known facts why it's important to be creative

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lacking a plan

while its accurate in the critique of the status quo and entertaining to hear, the writer remains abstract in how to enhance creativity in subjects, schools and society. there is not one sentence to which i would disagree, which is a critique by itself.

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A great explanation that things need to change

We still repeat the past expecting different outcome. Here is a way to change that.

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  • Michelle
  • 01-16-12

Jam packed with good stuff

I loved this book. If you think you aren't creative, Ken Robinson can show you how wrong you are. Lots of stories illustrate the main ideas. All of them interesting and well told. John Lee is easy on the ears, although the pace is sometimes a bit breathless. This is an audiobook I'll revisit a couple of times and buy the paperback too so I can make copious notes. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 star is that it is so packed with information I found I had to stop and digest it from time to time. I had to focus & couldn't just have it on while I did other stuff.

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  • Norbert
  • 07-07-14

Searching for the Holy Grail of creativity?

What did you like most about Out of Our Minds?

It does not give you the grail, but analyses what can taker it away what you had born with.<br/>It is a comprehensive guide why education creates a restrictive mindset which needed to be expanded to achieve significant success in life.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the positive examples of good education practices, explaining their approach and methodology. However despite being very informative, had not given a ready cookbook as an entrepreneur, as a parent to go forwards, only the chance of better appreciation and decision capabilities to use.

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

Ideally would go through such interesting topics over the weekend in 2 maximum 3 parts, however worked pretty well used in daily commute towards office and back home in minimum 1 hour parts.

Any additional comments?

Would welcome bit more great examples outside of the US and Great Britain areas in the next edition.

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  • MR
  • 12-23-12

Should have been narrated by Ken...

This has brought home to me how crucial the choice of narrator is in the production of an audio book. There's a massive amount of good material to go through in this book but I really struggled to get to the end of it. Why? Not because of the writing, but because of the narrator. The writing is often quite humorous and talks from a personal perspective. If Ken had narrated this it would have been an authentic and more enjoyable listen. Also, with all respect to John Lee, his delivery is a bit 'stiff' making any humour fall flat, thereby reducing the impact of the writing.

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  • Keith
  • 04-08-17

Lacking the humour

What three words best describe John Lee’s voice?

Lacking the humour

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Overall good, but prefer Ken reading his own books. He has a dry semse of humour, delivered well. The reader of THIS book misses the humour completely. The reader, otherwise is very acceptable. <br/>Other than that, the content is excellent. Ken reads THE ELEMENT, but not OUT OF OUR MINDS. Both good to listen to, many overlaps.

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  • LJLC
  • 03-29-13

Soporific

Learning to be creative? I think not.

It would take considerable creative imagination to consider this to be anything but an overview of the authors opinions on education and industry. Absolutely of no value to me at all, other than as an aid to sleep.

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  • Neryl
  • 10-17-15

Perspicacity itself.

Written with Robinson's incisive, analytical mind, issuing gems of thought provoking synthesis of much thinking and research in the field of education. Not only education however, but sociology, psychology, the arts and more.
It is a pity he hasn't read for this recording himself. The reader is droll, and fails to convey the gems of perspicacity with anywhere near the delivery demanded by Robinson's typically well written text. Nevertheless, I'm listening for a second time, and have bought the book to contain my underlinings and turned down corners as I read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful