Sir Ken Robinson

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  • Internationally Renowned Expert on Innovation, Creativity, Education & Business
  • New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Element
  • Most-Watched Speaker in TED’s History

One of the world’s foremost experts on creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also the #1 most watched speaker in TED’s history. His talks have been viewed online over 80 million times by over 400 million people in 160 countries, and his books have sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

As famous for his humor and fantastic presentation style as he is for his groundbreaking content, Sir Ken offers life-changing insights on how to lead a culture of innovation; robots, AI, and you; revolutionizing education; and the power of creativity.  Knowing how to innovate and adapt in the rapidly

changing worlds of work, education and day-today life is more urgent than ever, and Sir Ken offers invaluable guidance on how to do exactly that.

 

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Sir Ken was absolutely one of the best speakers I think we’ve ever had! He was so personable, funny and genuine!

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Sir Ken Robinson
  • Cambridge University
  • Royal Festival Hall
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • Scottish Arts Council
  • International Council of Fine Arts Deans, Long Beach
  • British Airways
  • Ministry of Defense, UK Government
  • The World Bank
  • UBS Global Leadership Program
  • Microsoft
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The Power of Creativity

How creative are you? How creative are the people you work with? How about your friends – or your children? Ask them. You might be surprised by what they say. Young children are buzzing with ideas, yet many adults think they are not creative. What happens as we grow up to change our perspective? Thi ...

How creative are you? How creative are the people you work with? How about your friends – or your children? Ask them. You might be surprised by what they say. Young children are buzzing with ideas, yet many adults think they are not creative. What happens as we grow up to change our perspective? This is a bigger issue than it might seem. As the world spins faster, in order to thrive and survive – both as organizations and as individuals, creativity is more needed than ever before. Sir Ken addresses the fundamental questions: What is creativity? Why is it essential in our own lives? Is everyone creative or just a select few? Can creativity be developed and if so how? With vivid and entertaining examples from many walks of life, he explains why creativity matters so much, why you might think you lack it, and what you can do to develop your own natural powers of creativity – starting today.

Leadership and the Culture of Innovation

While most organizations recognize the need to constantly innovate, they know that it takes more than the occasional good idea. It takes great leadership to facilitate a vibrant culture of innovation that’s nurtured across every level of the organization. All the Time. More than just having a vision ...

While most organizations recognize the need to constantly innovate, they know that it takes more than the occasional good idea. It takes great leadership to facilitate a vibrant culture of innovation that’s nurtured across every level of the organization. All the Time. More than just having a vision, leaders can go beyond their traditional roles in order to set their teams up for success. Sir Ken explores what true innovation looks like, how it really works and what leaders can do to maximize the imagination and creativity of their people and resources. He shares core practices that drive innovators forward, and gives powerful examples from a range of business that can pay off in surprising ways when you strive to make innovation part of your organization’s DNA.

Finding Your Element

What does it take to achieve the personal satisfaction of doing what you feel you were meant to do in this life? Is it ever too late to find out what that is? (short answer: ’No’) In this inspiring and thought-provoking presentation, Sir Ken shows that it’s not through natural talent alone that peop ...

What does it take to achieve the personal satisfaction of doing what you feel you were meant to do in this life? Is it ever too late to find out what that is? (short answer: ’No’) In this inspiring and thought-provoking presentation, Sir Ken shows that it’s not through natural talent alone that people achieve their highest levels of success. It involves leading a life of meaning and purpose, which takes a delicate interplay of talent, passion, attitude and opportunity. Based on his highly acclaimed books The Element and Finding Your Element, Sir Ken takes audiences on a compelling journey of what can happen in all our lives when passion and talent meet. In other words, when you are “in your element.” With his valuable insight and characteristically wry sense of humor, he draws on the personal stories of high achievers in many fields, including Sir Paul McCartney, Serena Williams, Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, renowned mathematician Terence Tao and others, and gives audiences tangible steps to finding their own element in all aspects of their life.

Technology and the Human Advantage

At first glance, these two things might seem to be mutually exclusive. But when you find the intersectional sweet spot between artificial technology and human intelligence and creativity, magic things can happen. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes more ubiquitous and sophisticated, how does tha ...

At first glance, these two things might seem to be mutually exclusive. But when you find the intersectional sweet spot between artificial technology and human intelligence and creativity, magic things can happen. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes more ubiquitous and sophisticated, how does that impact traditional jobs and industries? Sir Ken Identifies our unique powers as human beings: the powers that machine intelligence may complement but cannot replace; and he shows why and how we must develop our human advantage at work, in education and in our rapidly changing communities. The fourth industrial revolution is here and along with it comes a new wave of innovation and opportunity. Those who will thrive will embrace the steps needed to ensure that humans are driving the process, not merely reacting to it.

Revolutionizing Education From the Ground Up

Education systems everywhere are being reformed to meet the deepening challenges of the 21st century, but even those who do well in education often find themselves challenged by the rapid pace of technological and social change. Sir Ken argues that the dominant strategy of standardization and testin ...

Education systems everywhere are being reformed to meet the deepening challenges of the 21st century, but even those who do well in education often find themselves challenged by the rapid pace of technological and social change. Sir Ken argues that the dominant strategy of standardization and testing is stifling the very capabilities that our children, communities and economies need most. While testing companies are raking in huge profits, there are mounting problems of underachievement by students and tumbling morale among educators. He gives audiences the “why and how” to move from an industrial to a personalized system of education, and shows how educators, parents and employers can transform the system. Filled with anecdotes, insights and practical examples from around the globe, Sir Ken inspires teachers, educators, policy makers and business leaders to rethink the real nature and purpose of education, and the practical steps they can to make the urgent changes that are now needed.

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Speaker Spotlight: Sir Ken Robinson

One of the world’s foremost experts on creativity and innovation, SIR KEN ROBINSON is also the #1 most watched speaker in TED’s history. His talks have been viewed online over 80 million times by over 400 million people in 160 countries, and his books-- which include The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything and Out of Our Minds: The Power of Being Creative-- have sold over 1 million copies worldwide. As famous for his humor and fantastic presentation style as he is for his groundbreaking content, Sir Ken offers life-changing insights on how to lead a culture of innovation; robots, AI, and you; and the power of creativity. Knowing how to innovate and adapt in the rapidly changing worlds of work, education and day-today life is more urgent than ever, and Sir Ken offers invaluable guidance on how to do exactly that.

Sought-out to address audiences everywhere from Microsoft to the UK's Ministry of Defense, Sir Ken draws a crowd and makes an impact. Funny, informative, and memorable. rave reviews from his events include: "A brilliant speaker. Very funny but absolutely spot on with everything he said." (British Airways); "Superb - serious points delivered in a professional and extremely humorous way." (TIME Magazine); "Feedback included: 'Funny, entertaining but profound. Excellent session'; 'Made a hard subject fun, interesting and informative'; 'Excellent and extremely thought provoking'; 'Great presentation skills, works with audience, interesting topic well presented'; 'There is only one thing to say, “Right person, right place.”" (UBS); 

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Biography

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. The embodiment of the prestigious TED Conference and its commitment to spreading new ideas, Sir Ken Robinson is the #1 most watched speaker in TED’s history. His talks have been viewed online over 80 million times and seen by an estimated 400 million people in 160 countries. Fast Company calls him “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” and he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. He advises governments, corporations, education systems, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations. 

For twelve years, he was professor of arts education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from universities in the US and the UK.

He has been honored with the Athena Award of the Rhode Island School of Design for services to the arts and education; the Peabody Medal for contributions to the arts and culture in the United States; the LEGO Prize for international achievement in education; the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States, and the Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award.

New York Times bestselling author, his books, including The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin), have been translated into twenty four languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.