Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity, and innovation, works with governments, universities, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations in Europe, Asia, and the United States. His best-selling books include The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, which has been translated into 21 languages, and his latest, a 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative.
In 1998, Robinson led a national commission on creativity, education, and the economy for the United Kingdom government. The findings of that commission, called All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education, was published to wide acclaim in 1999.
Robinson was also the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the peace process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise, and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, called Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education, and cultural leaders across Northern Ireland.
Additionally, Robinson was one of four international advisors to the Singapore government to guide its strategy to become a creative hub in South East Asia. For 12 years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, and is now professor emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design; Ringling College of Arts and Design; the Open University; the Central School of Speech and Drama, Birmingham City University; and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
In 2005, Sir Ken Robinson was named one of Time, Fortune, and CNN’s “Principal Voices.” In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.