Out of Our Minds

  • by Ken Robinson
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

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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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- husky

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?


Any additional comments?

My first purchase on Audible and extremely disappointing.

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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio