Out of Your Mind Education With Ken Robinson & and bit of Dan Pink’s “Drive”

I really enjoyed Sir Ken Robinson’s book Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. It’s much tougher going and less “HowTo” practical than creativity guru Dan Pink, but Robinson’s book lays an extremely good foundation from which to understand the issues in education today. In a way this information really makes me want to take the steps recommended in Dan Pink’s Drive.

“Out of Our Minds” has been recommended to me so many times and yet I’ve always found a way to not read it. I think it’s because I felt that he was going to say that my science and engineering educational background is very narrow and uncreative. It may have helped me become financially successful, but it is lacking on the whole. Overall he does say this, but I was wrong in believing that I wouldn’t like what he has to say. He and argues that education needs to become more balanced between “feeling” and “science”. I totally agree with that. He also says that all fields are creative. Even engineering. I liked this point a lot because I believe that the Engineering Physics program at UBC does a fantastic job of maintaining a very creative culture.


Sir Ken was just here in Vancouver. Here is the Sun’s interview

On the what can I do to be more creative? Read Dan Pink’s Drive!

I also recommend that one read Roger Martin’s Design of Business. This book does a great job of putting “creativity” in context of a modern business. He really “nails” the roadblocks and pitfalls that one can, and will, encounter when trying to be creative.

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Here is Dan Pink’s Video on What Motivates Us – {Here is YouTube Video }