Sir Ken Robinson

New York Times Bestselling Author, The Element

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Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He has worked with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. ‘All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education’ (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was 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. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.

For twelve years, he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now Professor Emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Open University and the Central School of Speech and Drama; Birmingham City University, Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling College of Art and Design and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. 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, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005 he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.


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Out of our Minds: Learning to be Creative

There is a paradox. Throughout the world, companies and organizations are trying to compete in a world of economic and technological change that is moving faster than ever. They urgently need people who are creative, innovative and flexible. Too often they can't find them. Why is this? What's the real problem - and what should be done about it? In this keynote address, Sir Ken Robinson addresses three vital questions for all organizations that have a serious strategic interest in creativity and innovation.

Why is it essential to promote creativity? Governments, companies and organizations are concerned as never before with promoting creativity and innovation. Why is this so essential? What's the price of failure? Why is it necessary to develop creativity? Why do so many adults think they're not creative (and not very intelligent)? Most children are buzzing with ideas. What happens to them as they grow up? What should companies do? Is everyone creative or just a select few? Can creativity be developed? If so, how? What are the benefits of success?

Sir Ken will argue that organizations are trying to fix a downstream problem that originates in schools and universities. Most people leave education with no idea what their real abilities are. He will outline what businesses can do immediately to recover their creative resources. He will also argue for radical changes in how we think about intelligence and creativity and in how we educate people to meet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century.

Creativity - The New Bottom Line: The rate of change and the odds of survival Understanding change: science, technology and shifting populations Systemic creativity - what it is and why it's essential The price of failure - the prize of success The War for Talent - are creative leaders born or made? The three myths of creativity The three elements of corporate creativity

You're Smarter Than You Think - The Intelligence Of Creativity: Why so many people think they're not creative The legacies of education and how to overcome them The myths of academic ability and IQ Knowing your mind - the variety of intelligence Assessing your creative capacities - and those you work with Finding your medium The skills of creativity

Unlocking The Genius Of Creative Groups: The dynamics of creative groups Why two minds are better than one Why brainstorming isn't enough The two modes of the creative process Personality types and group dynamics Unlocking the genius of groups

Leading The Creative Company: The features of creative companies Cultivating corporate creativity Life cycle of innovative organizations - keep young and beautiful Harnessing creative capacity Rewarding the radicals Sustaining the culture of creativity.


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