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Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, Fully Revised and Updated Edition

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"It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future.They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way andyou lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the otherway and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realizeour true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and to actdifferently towards each other. We must learn to be creative."—Ken Robinson

PRAISE FOR OUT OF OUR MINDS

"Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored . . . especially in our educational systems." —John Cleese

"Out of Our Minds explains why being creative in today'sworld is a vital necessity. This book is not to be missed."—Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-minute Manager and The Secret

"If ever there was a time when creativity was necessary for the survival andgrowth of any organization, it is now. This book, more than any other I know, providesimportant insights on how leaders can evoke and sustain those creative juices."—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California; Thomas S. Murphy Distinguished Rresearch Fellow, Harvard Business School; Best-selling Author, Geeks and Geezers

"All corporate leaders should read this book."—Richard Scase, Author and Business Forecaster

"This really is a remarkable book. It does for human resources what Rachel Carson's Silent Spring did for the environment."—Wally Olins, Founder, Wolff-olins

"Books about creativity are not always creative. Ken Robinson's is a welcome exception"—Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, c.s. and d.j. Davidson Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University; Director, Quality of Life Research Center; Best-selling Author, Flow

"The best analysis I've seen of the disjunction between the kinds of intelligence that we have traditionally honored in schools and the kinds ofcreativity that we need today in our organizations and our society."—Howard Gardner, a. hobbs professor in cognition and education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Best-selling Author, Frames of Mind

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. IN PRAISE OF OUT OF OUR MINDS (1ST EDITION)
  3. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  4. PREFACE
  5. 1. OUT OF OUR MINDS
    1. 1.1. CREATING THE FUTURE
    2. 1.2. RETHINKING CREATIVITY
      1. 1.2.1. Special people?
      2. 1.2.2. Special activities?
      3. 1.2.3. Learning to be creative
      4. 1.2.4. Letting go?
    3. 1.3. THREE THEMES
      1. 1.3.1. Facing the revolution
      2. 1.3.2. Reframing our potential
      3. 1.3.3. Acting differently
    4. 1.4. CONNECTING EDUCATION, BUSINESS AND CULTURE
    5. 1.5. BEYOND IMAGINING
  6. 2. FACING THE REVOLUTION
    1. 2.1. GETTING OUT MORE
    2. 2.2. GETTING THE MESSAGE
    3. 2.3. IT'S ONLY JUST BEGUN
    4. 2.4. USING YOUR BRAIN
    5. 2.5. SUPERCHARGING YOUR BRAIN
    6. 2.6. IT'S GETTING CROWDED
    7. 2.7. THE PERILS OF PREDICTION
      1. 2.7.1. Getting the picture
      2. 2.7.2. Turning the page
      3. 2.7.3. Getting around
      4. 2.7.4. Making connections
      5. 2.7.5. New work for old
      6. 2.7.6. Getting the idea
      7. 2.7.7. Old workers for new
    8. 2.8. THE LEISURED SOCIETY?
    9. 2.9. ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE
    10. 2.10. LOOKING FORWARD
  7. 3. THE TROUBLE WITH EDUCATION
    1. 3.1. REFORMING AND TRANSFORMING
    2. 3.2. ACADEMIC INFLATION
    3. 3.3. TWIN PILLARS
      1. 3.3.1. The factory floor
    4. 3.4. THE CULTURE OF EDUCATION
      1. 3.4.1. What's the use?
    5. 3.5. THE SEPTIC FOCUS
      1. 3.5.1. The ivory tower
        1. 3.5.1.1. The roles of education
    6. 3.6. ECONOMIC CHALLENGES
      1. 3.6.1. The overqualified
    7. 3.7. THE WAR FOR TALENT
      1. 3.7.1.
        1. 3.7.1.1. The underqualified
    8. 3.8. CULTURAL CHALLENGES
    9. 3.9. PERSONAL CHALLENGES
    10. 3.10. TAKING STOCK
  8. 4. THE ACADEMIC ILLUSION
    1. 4.1. IMAGES OF INTELLIGENCE
      1. 4.1.1. Join the club
      2. 4.1.2. As a matter of fact
    2. 4.2. MEASURING YOUR MIND
      1. 4.2.1. Brave old world
    3. 4.3. THE TRIUMPH OF SCIENCE
    4. 4.4. BORN AGAIN
      1. 4.4.1. Spreading the word
      2. 4.4.2. Getting our bearings
      3. 4.4.3. The rise of the individual
      4. 4.4.4. Being reasonable
      5. 4.4.5. Being human
      6. 4.4.6. The shaping of the modern world
    5. 4.5. THE RISE OF EDUCATION
    6. 4.6. THE IRRESISTIBLE RISE OF IQ
    7. 4.7. ARTS AND SCIENCES
      1. 4.7.1. The narrowing of intelligence
    8. 4.8. CHANGING OUR MINDS
  9. 5. KNOWING YOUR MIND
    1. 5.1. YOU'RE MORE THAN YOU THINK
    2. 5.2. LIVING IN TWO WORLDS
      1. 5.2.1. Consciousness and the brain
    3. 5.3. MAPPING THE MIND
    4. 5.4. DIVERSITY
    5. 5.5. DYNAMISM
    6. 5.6. DISTINCTIVENESS
      1. 5.6.1. Rethinking disability
      2. 5.6.2. More than we know
    7. 5.7. PLASTICITY AND POTENTIAL
    8. 5.8. DARRYL'S DANCE
    9. 5.9. REALIZING WHO WE ARE
  10. 6. BEING CREATIVE
    1. 6.1. VIVA LAS VEGAS
    2. 6.2. IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
    3. 6.3. THE CREATIVE MIND
    4. 6.4. SPEAKING YOUR MIND
      1. 6.4.1. The veil of conceptions
    5. 6.5. WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
      1. 6.5.1. Systematic symbols
    6. 6.6. SCHEMATIC SYMBOLS
    7. 6.7. CREATING AND RECREATING
    8. 6.8. THE CREATIVE PROCESS
      1. 6.8.1. Generating ideas
      2. 6.8.2. Making judgments
    9. 6.9. JUDGING VALUE
      1. 6.9.1. Being original
    10. 6.10. MAKING CONNECTIONS
    11. 6.11. FREEDOM AND CONTROL
    12. 6.12. THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL
      1. 6.12.1. General creativity
      2. 6.12.2. Personal creativity
    13. 6.13. CONCLUSION
  11. 7. FEELING BETTER
    1. 7.1. BEYOND THE NUMBERS
    2. 7.2. THE EXILE OF FEELING
      1. 7.2.1. The personal growth movement
      2. 7.2.2. Emotional disturbance
      3. 7.2.3. Soft skills
    3. 7.3. TWO TRADITIONS
      1. 7.3.1. The rational individual
      2. 7.3.2. The natural individual
    4. 7.4. EDUCATING THE EMOTIONS
    5. 7.5. KNOWING AND FEELING
    6. 7.6. ARTISTS AND SCIENTISTS
      1. 7.6.1. The work of the sciences
        1. 7.6.1.1. Whose problem is this?
        2. 7.6.1.2. The scientific method
        3. 7.6.1.3. Personal judgment
        4. 7.6.1.4. Successive approximations
      2. 7.6.2. The work of the arts
      3. 7.6.3. Meaning and interpretation
    7. 7.7. CONCLUSION
  12. 8. YOU ARE NOT ALONE
    1. 8.1. THE LONE GENIUS?
    2. 8.2. DEFINING CULTURE
    3. 8.3. A MATTER OF TIME AND DIFFERENCE
    4. 8.4. DYNAMIC CULTURES
      1. 8.4.1. The arts and technology
    5. 8.5. DISTINCT DIFFERENCES
    6. 8.6. LIFE IS NOT LINEAR
    7. 8.7. CULTURE AND CREATIVITY
      1. 8.7.1. 'Thick description'
      2. 8.7.2. Arts and sciences
      3. 8.7.3. Primitive streak
    8. 8.8. THE POWER OF IDEAS
    9. 8.9. THEORY AND IDEOLOGY
  13. 9. BEING A CREATIVE LEADER
    1. 9.1. LEADING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION
      1. 9.1.1. Mechanisms and organisms
      2. 9.1.2. Two cultural challenges
    2. 9.2. THE ROLES AND PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE LEADERSHIP
      1. 9.2.1. Personal
        1. 9.2.1.1. Principle 1: Everyone has creative potential
        2. 9.2.1.2. Principle 2: Innovation is the child of imagination
        3. 9.2.1.3. Principle 3: We can all learn to be more creative
      2. 9.2.2. Group
        1. 9.2.2.1. Principle 4: Creativity thrives on diversity
        2. 9.2.2.2. Principle 5: Creativity loves collaboration
        3. 9.2.2.3. Principle 6: Creativity takes time
      3. 9.2.3. Culture
        1. 9.2.3.1. Principle 7: Creative cultures are supple
        2. 9.2.3.2. Principle 8: Creative cultures are inquiring
        3. 9.2.3.3. Principle 9: Creative cultures need creative spaces
    3. 9.3. BORN AGAIN
  14. 10. LEARNING TO BE CREATIVE
    1. 10.1. TRANSFORMING EDUCATION
      1. 10.1.1. A culture of creativity
      2. 10.1.2. Back to basics
    2. 10.2. PRINCIPLES OF TRANSFORMATION
      1. 10.2.1. Talent is diverse
      2. 10.2.2. Learning is personal
      3. 10.2.3. Life is not an academic exercise
      4. 10.2.4. Success creates success
      5. 10.2.5. Creativity is for everyone
      6. 10.2.6. Creative schools are creative with the schedule
      7. 10.2.7. All schools are unique
      8. 10.2.8. We're all in this together
    3. 10.3. MAKING IT HAPPEN
    4. 10.4. THE CULTURE OF EDUCATION
    5. 10.5. CREATIVE TEACHING
      1. 10.5.1. Encouraging
      2. 10.5.2. Identifying
      3. 10.5.3. Developing
    6. 10.6. CURRICULUM
    7. 10.7. ASSESSMENT
    8. 10.8. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
  15. AFTERWORD
  16. ENDNOTES
    1. 10.9. PREFACE
    2. 10.10. CHAPTER 1: OUT OF OUR MINDS
    3. 10.11. CHAPTER 2: FACING THE REVOLUTION
    4. 10.12. CHAPTER 3: THE TROUBLE WITH EDUCATION
    5. 10.13. CHAPTER 4: The Academic Illusion
    6. 10.14. CHAPTER 5: KNOWING YOUR MIND
    7. 10.15. CHAPTER 6: Being Creative
    8. 10.16. CHAPTER 7: FEELING BETTER
    9. 10.17. CHAPTER 8: YOU ARE NOT ALONE
    10. 10.18. CHAPTER 9: BEING A CREATIVE LEADER
    11. 10.19. CHAPTER 10: LEARNING TO BE CREATIVE
  17. REFERENCES