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Out of Our Minds Audiobook

Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Elisabeth 12-02-16
    Elisabeth 12-02-16
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    "insightful text"

    this book was very insightful when it came to matters of creativity. the one critique that I have about this book is that the author has a roundabout way of making his point which can lose my attention at times. other than that I greatly admire this author and his work in this book. His values align with my own as far as imbuing education with more creative outlets

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    Bex Brown 11-23-16
    Bex Brown 11-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    This book should be compulsory reading for anyone involved in any type of education. Thought provoking and thoroughly worth the read. I have, and will continue, to recommend this to friends, family, and peers.

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    Amazon Customer 03-31-16
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    "The Bible for all teachers"

    The answers for our future is being revealed. Reasons for the matter of education, as our only sustainable world wide resource is being put in to a fact! We have to get out of our minds, and make stars around us!

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    Patricia Sanderlin Houston, TX United States 06-03-15
    Patricia Sanderlin Houston, TX United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Philosophy on the need for creativity in learning"

    Very philosophical and long drawn out argument about why education should consider creativity. The title is misleading, as an individual, I didn't learn anything. The book should be called: creativity in learning and its importance.

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    A-reader 03-09-15
    A-reader 03-09-15
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    "Amazing and well researched!"

    Great resource! I am sure I'll listen to it again... And again...
    I highly recommend anyone to listen to this book.

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    Josh B. 08-13-14
    Josh B. 08-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great idea, but it stumbles and rambles a lot"
    Would you try another book from Ken Robinson and/or John Lee?

    I find Ken Robinson's TED talks absolutely fascinating. Hoping his books would be the same, I picked up "Out of Our Minds". After some stumbling and a lot of duplicated information in the beginning, it picks up into the meat of the subject about an hour in. I will certainly be listening to more of Robinson, though I hope it gets more streamlined as time goes on.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator completely misses the sense of timing and cadence of speech that makes Ken Robinson so pleasing to listen to. Jokes are recognizable as "supposed to be" funny, but fall completely flat. To his credit, John Lee enunciates well and doesn't let his accent obscure any words.


    Was Out of Our Minds worth the listening time?

    There is a *lot* of duplication in the first hour or so, and quite a bit of rambling after that. I'm currently about 3 hours in, and feel like I've only gotten about 30 minutes of actual content. If there is ever an abridged version, I would recommend starting there.


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    James VERNON HILLS, IL, United States 11-01-13
    James VERNON HILLS, IL, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Terribly Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the narrative is dry and hard to follow and does not provide justice to the work


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The words of Sir Ken Robinson


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    It was extremely monotone and robotic. Sir Ken's work should be engaging. This was not.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    George Austin, TX, United States 09-16-13
    George Austin, TX, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "doesn't live up to it's title."
    What would have made Out of Our Minds better?

    This book deals more with how education trains students to fear creativity rather than how to actually be creative. I think most readers understand that traditional education teaches more conformity than creativity and this book tends to just reinforce this topic over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    I was more impressed with "Beyond the Obvious" and how they actually explored real ways to challenge and change your normal process of thinking and creativity.

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    pamela Pflugerville, TX, United States 07-01-13
    pamela Pflugerville, TX, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Info was interesting. Narration was annoying."
    Would you try another book from Ken Robinson and/or John Lee?

    Info in the book was interesting but I had trouble paying attention because the narration was distracting/annoying. Very choppy, up and down intonation that pulled me away from the content.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator.


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    Gustavo Smidt Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina 03-04-13
    Gustavo Smidt Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting listen"
    What did you love best about Out of Our Minds?

    I found interesting how Ken Robinson spends most of his book explaining (or at least enumerating) the great creative innovations in human history.


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