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Sir Ken Robinson            

Internationally Acclaimed Expert on Creativity and Innovation and Author, Finding Your Element, The Element and Out of Our Minds

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary 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 Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.

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Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up

National education systems worldwide are being reformed to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. As a respected adviser to governments in Europe, Asia and the United States, Sir Ken argues in this powerful presentation that many countries are pushing reforms in the wrong direction and that the dominant culture of standardization and testing is stifling the very capabilities that our children, communities and economies need most. Drawing from his groundbreaking books, Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative, and Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution that's Transforming Education, he explains why too many are locked into a model of education shaped by the Industrial Revolution and a narrow idea of academic ability. Urging schools and colleges everywhere to rethink their basic assumptions about intelligence and achievement, Sir Ken focuses on the vital questions: Why is it essential to promote creativity?

Is everyone creative or just a select few? Why do so many adults think they’re not creative? Can creativity be developed? If so, what changes are needed in our schools and education systems and how can they be brought about? Sir Ken argues for radical changes in how we educate all students to meet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century. Takeaways include:

  • How education wastes more talent than it saves
  • The three core objectives of 21st Century education
  • Why we’re all smarter than we think
  • Why we need to move from an industrial to an organic approach to education
  • What educators, parents and employers should do and how policy makers should help

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

What does it take to achieve personal success and feel like you are in your element? World-renowned innovator Sir Ken Robinson argues that it is not natural talent that drives personal success, but rather a delicate interplay among talent, passion, attitude and opportunity that brings people to achieve their highest levels of success and lead lives of meaning and purpose. Based on his highly acclaimed books The Element and Finding Your Element, he takes audiences on a compelling tour of what can happen in all our lives when passion and talent meet. He draws on the personal stories of high achievers in many fields, including Sir Paul McCartney, Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons), Meg Ryan and renowned physicist Richard Feynman. With a wry sense of humor, Sir Ken helps audiences understand:

  • How to find "The Element" in our own lives
  • Why age and occupation are no barrier
  • How to enhance creativity and innovation in both personal and professional settings
  • How focusing on "The Element" is an essential strategy in transforming education, business and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st Century

Leading a Culture of Innovation

The changing fortunes of the Fortune 500 will tell you that no company has a guaranteed place at the top. Keeping up and staying ahead of the game depends entirely on continuous and sustained innovation. We all know that’s true, but what do company leaders have to do to make it happen? Sir Ken Robinson has worked with some of the world’s leading creative organizations—in the corporate, educational and cultural fields. In this presentation, he identifies the three myths about innovation that hold many organizations back, and the basic practices that drive the most innovative organizations ahead of the pack. He presents a three-tier strategy to generate “systemic innovation” across the whole organization. He then identifies the three core roles of creative leaders to make this happen. Takeaways include:

  • The need for “systemic innovation”
  • The relationships between imagination, creativity and innovation
  • The three levels of systemic innovation
  • The basic roles of creative leaders

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