’This book is not directly related to nursing, however, the content and examples can be easily translated to the world of health care delivery and education’
Title: Out of our minds: The power of being creative - (third edition)
Author: Ken Robinson
Reviewer: Jennie Walker, Divisional Lead Nurse for Research and Innovation, Surgery Division, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
What was it like?
This is an interesting book that encourages the reader to develop a greater appreciation of the role which creativity has in education, work and life overall. It highlights the importance of using an innovative approach to problems and provides numerous examples of how creativity can be used to overcome difficulties.
This book is not directly related to nursing, however, the content and examples can be easily translated to the world of health care delivery and education. The underlying message is that creativity is a universal talent that can be used to promote a lateral thinking and an independent approach. It is written in an interesting and conversational manner, which adds to the appeal of the subject. Chapters include ”the problem with education”’, ”learning to be creative” and ”being a creative leader”.
What were the highlights?
The book urges the reader to rethink what is perceived as creativity and to consider their own ability to be creative. It challenges the concept of traditional methods of education and testing and encourages the reader to think about the way we approach life and the quest for personalised learning.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Each chapter is interspersed with anecdotes and facts to illustrate how creativity is intertwined with the way in which problems are faced. The numerous examples highlight the need to consider original strategies to how we set about things.
Who should read it?
This book would most appeal to those who are keen to nurture creativity across education and consider how the different facets of creativeness can enrich learning and innovation.
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