Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A Whole New Mind

This blog belongs to the readers of Daniel Pink's book, A Whole New Mind. From the jacket of Pink's book, consider the following:

"The future belongs to a very different kind of person
with a very different kind of mind.
The era of "left-brain" dominance
- and the Information Age that it engendered
- is giving way to a new world in which artistic
and holistic "right-brain" abilities mark the fault line
between who gets ahead
and who falls behind."

Sound interesting? Want to learn more? I invite you to come "blogging" with me as we study "why right-brainers will rule the future." If you are willing to post at least one comment each week on the PSD Pink Study blog, I'll send you a copy of the book for use during our book study. Simply send me an email saying, "I want to read the Pink book" and I'll get it out to you ASAP!

Now for the fine print. This offer is formally presented to Puyallup School District Fine and Performing Arts educators and Social Studies educators. I'm most interested in their participation. However, if you don't fall into that category, make your case via email and I'll see what I can do!



Blogger Glenn E. Malone said...

Count me in...in fact let me be a contributor. :)

3:48 PM

Blogger Nancy Nole said...

"A Whole New Mind" is truly a must-read (I sound like Oprah!) for all of us in education. And, as Brian points out, this book is NOT written by an educator but by an observer of business and our society. This makes what he is saying very objective in my mind.

Here are a few quotes from the book that I found fascinating:

…Harvard’s BMA program admits about 10 percent of it’s applicants, UCLA’s fine arts graduate school admits only 3 percent. Why? A master of fine arts graduate, an MFA, is now one of the hottest credentials…(pg. 54)

…L-Directed Thinking…characteristic of the left hemisphere of the brain—sequential, literal, functional, textual, and analytic. (pg. 26)

…R-Directd Thinking…characteristic of the right hemisphere of the brain—simultaeous, metaphorical, aesthetic, contextual, and synthetic…(pg. 26)

…Now, R-Directed Thinking is suddenly grabbing the wheel, stepping on the gas, and determining where we’re going and how we’ll get there. L-Directed aptitudes—the sorts of things measured by the SAT and deployed by CPA’s—are still necessary. But they’re no longer sufficient. Instead, the R-Directed aptitudes so often disdained and dismissed—artistry, empathy, taking the long view, pursuing the transcendent—will increasingly determine who soars and who stumbles…(pg. 27)

…One out of ten jobs in the U.S. computer, software, and information technology industry will move overseas in the next two years. One in four IT jobs will be offshored by 2010….(pg. 39)

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” --Roger C. Schank, cognitive scientist

Not just function but also DESIGN
Not just argument but also STORY
Not just focus but also SYMPHONY
Not just logic but also EMPATHY
Not just seriousness but also PLAY
Not just accumulation but also MEANING


8:46 AM

Blogger Donna Kling Knudson said...

Thank you for teaching us how to get on to the blog.

donna Knudson

2:11 PM

Blogger Marjorie Timm Harrison said...

I'd like to read the book, but can't promise time to blog. I'll try. : )

Marjorie Harrison

2:11 PM

Blogger gmcewen said...

Hi Brian,
I hope the doctor gave you a 'Miracle Potion' so you will heal quickly.

2:16 PM

Blogger Paula Evjen said...

Hope you're doing better Brian.

2:18 PM

Blogger Robin Blumenthal said...

Yo Brian! I really hope that you get better soon! You are the BEST!
Robin :)

2:18 PM

Blogger Jeanne B. said...

Can't wait to read A Whole New World!!

2:18 PM

Blogger Jeanne B. said...

Can't wait to read A Whole New World!!

2:18 PM


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