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Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

by Ken Robinson

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Education and creativity. A wide survey. ( )
  willszal | Jan 3, 2016 |
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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 say they can't find them. Why not? In this provocative and inspiring book Ken Robinson addresses three questions: [1] Why is it essential to promote creativity? Business leaders, politicians and educators emphasize the vital importance of promoting creativity and innovation. Why does it matter so much? [2] What is the problem? Why do so many people think they are 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? [3] 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 bestselling classic, Out of Our Minds, 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. -- taken from dust jacket
  COREEducation | Apr 1, 2015 |
What we need, says education expert Sir Ken Robinson, is not more education or more training; instead, Robinson thinks we need to be free to be creative.

How to do that is the subject of this book. Along the way, Robinson dispels the myths of creativity, including the overriding myth that creativity is something that only exists in certain individuals.

The best part of the book, for me, were the last two chapters where Robinson clearly defines ways for teachers to encourage students to be more creativity. ( )
  debnance | Jan 18, 2015 |
Too theoretical for my taste. Focus was also on how formal education isn't leading us to be creative. It looked like it was leading to what other sorts of education / training help us be creative but I abandoned it after the first 100 pages. ( )
  pithos | Mar 6, 2014 |
There are three themes running throughout Ken Robinson’s "Out of Our Minds":

1. We are living in revolutionary times.
2. To survive and flourish in these times of change we must think differently about our abilities and make best use of them.
3. We need to operate our organizations in radically different ways than we are presently.

The key to addressing these themes, according to Robinson, is creativity. While Robinson argues that everyone has the capacity to be creative, our current educational system and workplaces stifle creative expression. Robinson delineates the problems within our schools and organizations and then prescribes how we may deal with them. He outlines how we need to rethink education and how to exercise creative leadership to redesign our corporations. This is not a detailed how-to manual. Robinson aims to convince us of the need to creatively deal with the challenges of society and to map out an approach to doing so. The book is worthwhile reading for educators, parents, managers, consultants, policy makers, and anyone else concerned about the future of our society and planet. According to Robinson, it is critical for the future of humanity to extricate ourselves from the outmoded paradigms of the past. To do so, we each must claim our inherent creative capacities and unite in addressing the twenty-first century challenges of concern to all of us. ( )
  mitchellray | Mar 5, 2012 |
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"There is a paradox. Throughout the world, companies and organisations are trying to compete in a world of economic and technolgical change that is moving faster than ever. They urgently need people who are creative, innovative and flexible. Too oftern they can't find the, 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? ... Why is it necessary to develop creativity? ... What is involved in promoting creativity? ... 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." - back cover.… (more)

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