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Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson

New York Times best-selling author

Sir Ken Robinson works with governments, education systems, international agencies,global corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations to unlock thecreative energy of people and organizations. He has led national and internationalprojects on creative and cultural education in the UK, Europe, Asia and the UnitedStates. The embodiment of the prestigious TED Conference and its commitment tospreading new ideas, Sir Ken Robinson is the most watched speaker in TED’s history.His 2006 talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity” has been viewed online over 40 million timesand seen by an estimated 350 million people in 160 countries.

For twelve years, he was professor of arts education at the University of Warwick in theUK and is now professor emeritus. In 1999, he led a national commission on creativity,education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Cultureand Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim. He was thecentral figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part ofthe Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, educationenterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, wasadopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leadersacross the Province. He was one of four international advisors to the SingaporeGovernment for its strategy to become the creative hub of Southeast Asia, and theguiding force in Oklahoma’s statewide strategy to cultivate creativity and innovation inculture, commerce and education.

He has been named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’. He wasacclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of “”the world’s elite thinkers on creativityand innovation” and was ranked in the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top businessthinkers. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services tothe arts.

His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion ChangesEverything (Penguin/Viking, 2009) is a New York Times bestseller. It has beentranslated into 23 languages and has sold over a million copies worldwide. A 10thanniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds:Learning to be Creative was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to DiscoverYour Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life (Viking, 2013), also a New YorkTimesbestseller, is the acclaimed companion to the Element, and provides readers witha practical guide to finding and developing their own talents and vocations. His latestbook, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s TransformingEducation (Viking, 2015), tackles the critical issue of how to transform the world’stroubled educational systems and is now available in 15 languages.Sir Ken was born in Liverpool, UK. He is married to Therese (Lady) Robinson. Theyhave two children, James and Kate, and now live in Los Angeles, California.

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