Sir Ken Robinson

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  • Internationally Renowned Expert on Innovation, Creativity, Education & Business
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Sir Ken Robinson works with governments, education systems, international agencies, global corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations to unlock the creative energy of people and organizations. He has led national and international projects on creative and cultural education in the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States. The most watched speaker in TED’s history, Sir Ken Robinson offer inspiring and eye-opening speeches on topics ranging from leadership and innovation, to technology and human advantage, to education, creativity and finding your element.

Named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices,’ Sir Robinson was acclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of “the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” and was ranked in the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thinkers.  

Sir Robinson's book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything is a New York Times bestseller, has been translated into 23 languages, and has sold over a million copies worldwide.

 

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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
  • The Hunt Institute, North Carolina
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • London 2012
  • Royal Festival Hall
  • Scottish Arts Council
  • Wandsworth Council, London
  • Cambridge University
  • City of York Council
  • International Council of Fine Arts Deans, Long Beach
  • Otis College of Art and Design
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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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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.