Monday, December 6, 2010

Book review Step one: Read book

I am quite excited about a resent book acquisition.  I was just birthday gifted a copy of Ken Robinson's book "Out of our Minds"  (synopsis from the publisher below).  I have been a long time fan of Sir Ken Robinson ever since his TED Talk appearance in 2006.  I started the book the other night and...good, yes...thick material, yes...worth it, i hope so.  I have recently been really interested in the current perspective and direction of higher education.  So far Robinson's "Out of our Minds" has addressed some interesting points with respect to the history of higher education and its link to technological revolutions.  As well as some research presented in the area of educational equivalency inflation.
I will let you know how the book progresses. But even though I have just started this work I have been presented with some moments of "that is exactly what is going on, and it makes a little more sense why" So if anyone is interested in this topic stop me and we will chat it up.

Out of Our Minds 
There is a paradox. Throughout the world, companies and organisations are trying to compete in a world of economic and technological change that is moving faster than ever. They urgently need people who are creative, innovative and flexible. Too often they can’t find them. 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? Governments, companies and organisations are concerned as never before with promoting creativity and innovation. Why is this so essential? What’s the price of failure?
  • Why is it necessary to develop creativity? Why do so many adults think they’re not creative (and not very intelligent)? Most children are buzzing with ideas. What happens to them as they grow up?
  • What is involved in promoting creativity? Is everyone creative or just a select few? Can creativity be developed? If so, how? What are the benefits of success?
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.

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