The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. The Element draws on the stories of a wide range of people, from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney to Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons; from Meg Ryan to Gillian Lynne, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera; and from writer Arianna Huffington to renowned physicist Richard Feynman and others, including business leaders and athletes. It explores the components of this new paradigm: The diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities.
With a wry sense of humor, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the element and those that stifle that possibility. He shows that age and occupation are no barriers and that once we have found our path we can help others to do so as well. The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is also an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the twenty-first century. (Source)
Why read this
To find your element or help people around you uncover their potential and make a living on it. Above the personal side of things, this book addresses the system that affects all of us and our future - the education.
The video below has been one of my favorite TED Talks of all time, yet, only recently as I started my EdTech Master I realized that Ken Robinson has a great set of books on the subject of creativity and education. I picked the amazing audio version that he narrates himself. The book comes in an interesting storytelling format and resonated with so many beliefs and questions I have about the present and future of learning. You will hear me quote and point to Sir Robinson's work and books many times, especially on my Education blog.