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Out of Our Minds, 3rd Edition by Ken Robinson

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8YOU ARE NOT ALONE

“Individual creativity is almost always stimulated by the work, ideas and achievements of other people.”

THE LONE GENIUS?

A POPULAR IMAGE OF CREATIVITY is of the lone genius swimming heroically against the tides of convention, pursuing ideas that no one has had before. There are numerous examples of iconic figures who’ve made groundbreaking contributions in their own areas of work. I’ve mentioned some of them in previous chapters, including Galileo, Isaac Newton, Martha Graham and others. But the image of the lone genius can be misleading. Original ideas may emanate from the inspiration of individual minds, but they don’t emerge in a cultural vacuum. Individual creativity is always stimulated by the work, ideas and achievements ...

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