"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 and you lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the other way and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realize our true creative potential in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities we need to think differently about ourselves and to act differently towards each other. We must learn to be creative."
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."
"Out of Our Minds explains why being creative in today′s world 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 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, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California; Thomas S. Murphy Distinguished Research 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 of creativity 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
About the Author xiii
Preface to the Third Edition xv
1 Out of Our Minds 1
2 Facing the Revolution 15
3 The Trouble with Education 41
4 The Academic Illusion 65
5 Knowing Your Mind 91
6 Being Creative 119
7 Feeling Better 143
8 You Are Not Alone 169
9 Being a Creative Leader 187
10 Learning to be Creative 209