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Ken Robinson
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5 April 2001
′Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored in Western culture and especially in our educational systems.′ JOHN CLEESE

′Out of Our Minds explains why being creative in today′s world is a vital necessity. This is a book not to be missed. Read and rejoice.′ KEN BLANCHARD

′If ever there was a time when creativity was necessary for the survival and growth of any organization, it is now. This book, more than any other I know, provides important insights on how leaders can evoke and sustain those creative juices.′ WARREN BENNIS



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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone (5 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841121258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841121253
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I shall add Ken Robinson′s absorbing account of creativity to my personal list of gems. I was sorry to reach the end of the text, as it had maintained its momentum throughout. The reading may finish, but the thinking goes on, just as you would expect from a book on this intriguing subject." (Times Educational Supplement, 11th May 2001)

"This is a thoughtful book .... A truly mind–opening analysis of why we don′t get the best of people in a time of punishing change." (The Director, June 2001)

"This well–written book focuses on the widening gulf between academic institution teachings and the feelings, emotions and imagination that drive us as humans." (Arts Professional, 4th June 2001)

"I recommend that you read the book, take part in the debate and become part of the new paradigm" (People Management, 12th July 2001)

"this book will stimulate and challenge" (Professional Manager, September 2001)

"...a rattling, informal read, sparkling with ideas, jokes, anecdotes and ideas.." (Music Teacher, December 2001)

"I shall add Ken Robinson′s absorbing account of creativity to my personal list of gems. I was sorry to reach the end of the text, as it had maintained its momentum throughout. The reading may finish, but the thinking goes on, just as you would expect from a book on this intriguing subject."
(Times Educational Supplement, 11th May 2001)

"This is a thoughtful book .... A truly mind–opening analysis of why we don′t get the best of people in a time of punishing change."
(The Director, June 2001)

"This well–written book focuses on the widening gulf between academic institution teachings and the feelings, emotions and imagination that drive us as humans."
(Arts Professional, 4th June 2001)

"I recommend that you read the book, take part in the debate and become part of the new paradigm"
(People Management, 12th July 2001)

"this book will stimulate and challenge"
(Professional Manager, September 2001)

"...a rattling, informal read, sparkling with ideas, jokes, anecdotes and ideas.."
(Music Teacher, December 2001)


The Director, June 2001

"This is a thoughtful book .... A truly mind-opening analysis of why we don't get the best of people in a time of punishing change."

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and eye opening 25 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is facinating. If you have any interest in how the education system is, well, not failing our children, but stifiling their creativity through the application of "conventional wisdom" read this. You have to see his fantastic 30 min TED talk on You Tube - simply brilliantly funny and insightful at the same time. Find it here : [...]
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mind shift of great importance 3 May 2008
Format:Paperback
Sir Ken's insights are slowly leaking into schools. We are finally understanding the extent of the damage brought about by competitive, risk adverse school environments. At the centre of his approach is a belief in really valuing human capacity in its fullest sense, both in ourselves and in others.

Sir Ken has inspired so many educators and organisations through his truly deep insights into how we will ultimately solve the world's problems through collective creativity. So if you are a teacher and know that you want to bring a change of emphasis to your students, and develop open create school climates, then this book will be a perfect resource. Written in 2001 - more relevant than ever in 2008.

This book is equally important for all other types of organisation as well.

For a good insight into this topic watch Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk - "Do Schools Kill Creativity"... literally hundred's of thousands of people have!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important book, but... 18 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
... having had the immense pleasure of watching Sir Ken's speech on youtube several times, reading this book was like being preached to by a fellow preached. That being said; the book is well researched and well written, and ought to be able to convince even the most traditional of persons.
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