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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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By Kathryn on 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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By Richard on 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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By Michelle on 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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By Norbert on 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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By Neryl on 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.

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