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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone (5 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841121258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841121253
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,650 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)


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Out of Our Minds There is a paradox. Throughout the world, companies and organisations are trying to compete in a world of economic and technological change that is moving faster than ever. They urgently need people who are creative, innovative and flexible. Too often they can’t find them. Why is this? What’s the real problem and what should be done about it? Out of Our Minds answers three vital questions for all organisations that have a serious strategic interest in creativity and innovation.
  • Why is it essential to promote creativity? Governments, companies and organisations are concerned as never before with promoting creativity and innovation. Why is this so essential? What’s the price of failure?
  • Why is it necessary to develop creativity? Why do so many adults think they’re not creative (and not very intelligent)? Most children are buzzing with ideas. What happens to them as they grow up?
  • What is involved in promoting creativity? Is everyone creative or just a select few? Can creativity be developed? If so, how? What are the benefits of success?
In Out of our Minds, Ken Robinson argues that organisations are trying to fix a downstream problem that originates in schools and universities. Most people leave education with no idea what their real abilities are. He says what all organisations, including those in education, can do immediately to recover people’s creative talents. Robinson also argues for radical changes in how we think about intelligence and human resources and in how we educate people to meet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard H on 25 Oct. 2008
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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 (http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html) - 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 By Tessy Britton on 3 May 2008
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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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By Smaranda Calin on 5 Dec. 2011
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THIS. BOOK. IS. A. LIFE. CHANGER.

You will never look at your education in the same way again. After listening to Robinson's arguments about how our minds work and how our education, upbringing and work environment can sometimes massively go against that, it's almost as if a veil is lifted from your eyes. An amazing read to support some very famous work (those not yet familiar with his TED speeches should definitely look them up).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eirin Mikalsen Orum on 18 Oct. 2009
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... 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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