- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Business School Press; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591399122
- ISBN-13: 978-1591399124
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Five Minds for the Future (Leadership for the Common Good) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2007
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....the author has put his finger on some vital attributes needed by
professionals in this hyper-competitive age
-- The Financial Times, March 28, 2007
Anyone seeking an intellectual justification for life-long learning should
look no further.
-- Training and Development, April 2007
It is time for IT Managers to exercise their minds - all five of them
-- VNU Business, April 2007
Visionary....Gardner avoids overly-technical arguments as well as breezy
generalizations, proving his world-class reputation well-earned. -- Publishers Weekly, April 2007
[Professor Gardner] offers insight into the qualities of thinking that will allow people to survive and prosper in 21st century
-- In View, January 2008
a detailed and thoughtful description of the multifaceted brains that are
likely to be most valued in the coming decades
-- Businessweek, May 7, 2007
"[Gardner] is breaking fresh intellectual ground with Five Minds
for the Future." -- The Times, 4 April, 2007
An ambitious book... Five Minds is a manifesto, a public declaration about education as it should be.
-- International Baccalaureate Magazine, May 2008
improve your mind and ponder afresh how the hell we are going to
cope in the future... a delightful book.
-- Management Today, May 2007
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"This welcome book challenges us to ensure our curriculum equips young people for the demands of a rapidly changing world."
- Professor Brian Boyd, University of Strathclyde
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1. to know how to work steadily over time to improve skill and understanding;
2. to take information from disparate sources and make sense of it by understanding and evaluating that information objectively;
3. by building on discipline and synthesis, to break new ground;
4. by "recognizing that nowadays one can no longer remain within one's shell or one's home territory," to note and welcome differences between human individuals and between human groups so as to understand them and work effectively with them;
5. and finally, "proceeding on a level more abstract than the respectful mind," to reflect on the nature of one's work and the needs and desires of the society in which one lives.
Gardner notes that the five "minds" he examines in this book are different from the eight or nine human intelligences that he examines in his earlier works. "Rather than being distinct computational capabilities, they are better thought of as broad uses of the mind that we can cultivate at school, in professions, or at the workplace."
The "future" to which the title of this book refers is the future that awaits each of us. That is, Gardner is not a futurist in the sense that others such as Ossip K. Flechteim, Bertrand de Jouvenel, Dennis Gabor, Alvin Toffler, and Peter Schwartz are.Read more ›
Professor Gardner takes up this challenge once again in perceiving new challenges for modern people that will be more difficult to meet in the future. I suspect that his vision is, in part, aimed at the same goal as the ancient Greeks except as executed through the leaders and most prominent citizens of a republic employing democratic principles.
In a break from his prior focus on multiple intelligences, Five Minds for the Future emphasizes five methods of thinking that he hopes to see integrated into individuals. These methods of thinking are based on:
1. Mastering an important subject matter (such as history, math, or science) and staying up to date through application of the discipline's method of thinking. This is quite different from knowing the facts of the discipline.
2. Being able to integrate large quantities multidisciplinary facts and apply them into one's work.
3. Posing new questions, developing new solutions to existing questions, stretching disciplines and genres in new directions, or building new disciplines.
4. Being open to understanding and appreciating the perspectives and experiences of those who are different from the individual.
5. Doing one's work in an ethical way that reflects responsibilities to others and society.
What does this boil down to as a problem?Read more ›
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This is the first book of Howard Gardner's that I have read. I was drawn to it mainly by his case for new ways of thinking for a more sustainable future. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Leitir
Ordinarily I would not comment on a book reviewed by many others. However the importance of the author and of the issues he takes up require pointing out serious problems with the... Read morePublished on 30 May 2012 by Yehezkel Dror
Gardner, a wonderful, clear and interesting speaker and lecturer, established new ways of considering the human mind, recognising different types of intelligences; his approach... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2011 by RR Waller
Recently took this on holiday and was really looking forward to reading it having heard the author talk very entertainingly at various events (on mp3). Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2009 by Paul M. Clark
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