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Book Review & Discussion : Out of Our Minds

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The Power of Being Creative

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In this event, you’ll learn

  • What happens if you take the past 3,000 years and look at them as if they were 12 hours
  • How many similarities our school system shares with an airplane factory from the 1940s
  • Which political developments pushed creativity to the bottom of the education ladder
  • How Pixar enables its employees to practice their creativity every week
  • What all this means for us as parents

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SIR KEN ROBINSON, PHD, is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. Listed by Fast Company as one of the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovation and ranked among the Thinkers50 of the world's top business thought leaders, he has worked with governments in the United States, Europe and Asia, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, national and state education systems and some of the world's leading cultural organizations.

For 12 years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now Professor Emeritus. He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his international work in education, creativity and cultural development. In 2003, he received a knighthood from H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.

Sir Ken's famous 2006 talk at the prestigious TED Conference is the most watched in TED history and has been seen by millions of people in more than 160 countries. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything and Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life. Born in the UK, he lives in Los Angeles California.

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Ken Robinson has three main themes he considers in his book:

  • We live in times of revolution
  • To survive we must think differently about our ability
  • To harness this ability we must have different organisations and especially a different education system.

When Robinson talks about living in revolutionary times he mainly talks about three familiar themes the effect of the internet, a rapidly growing global population and the associated problems of scarcity and the general problem of prediction. He picks up on the rapid increase of change in society and how this change is speeding up. This change mainly comes in the form of how globalization and the internet are profoundly changing the level of connectivity on life and the amount of change these new relationships are put through. Robinson concludes by pointing the need to have an education system capable of living with this level and speed of change. He quotes H.G. Wells “Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe.”

This introduction brings us on to the central topic of the nature of education. Robinson’s claim is that we have an outmoded frame of reference underpinning our education system which needs to be re-considered. He focuses in on two main pillars of the current education system which he presents in the form of metaphors.

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