Sir Ken Robinson

Internationally Acclaimed Expert on Creativity and Innovation and Author, "Out of Our Minds" and "The Element"; Best Known for the Most-Watched TED Talk, "How Schools Kill Creativity"

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The most watched and discussed speaker in the history of the prestigious TED Conference, Sir Ken Robinson pushes people to rethink outdated assumptions about intelligence and creativityand to unleash the real potential of people and organizations.

The very embodiment of the prestigious TED Conference and its commitment to spreading new ideas, Sir Ken Robinsons now famous 2006 and 2010 TED Talks are brilliant examples of his extraordinary speaking style; a perfect balance of content, anecdotes and humor. The most watched in TED history, his 2006 talk has been seen by an estimated 200 million people in 150 countries. Recently called among the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovation by Fast Company magazine and named to the 2011 Thinkers50 list of the worlds top business thinkers, Sir Ken works with governments, international agencies, global corporations and some of the worlds leading cultural organizations to jump-start innovation by unlocking the creative energy of people and organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the U.K. government called All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education, also known as The Robinson Report. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore government for its strategy to become the creative hub of Southeast Asia.

A former professor of education, Robinson knows first-hand how the education system and organizational culture can stifle creativity by not tapping into peoples natural talents and passions. The resulting disengagement represents an enormous opportunity lost. Robinson urges leaders, managers and educators to upend the status quo and launch a creative revolution to reap the rewards. His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking, 2009) is a New York Times Best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages. His next book Finding Your Element: How To Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life (Viking, May 2013) is the long-awaited companion to The Element which will provide readers with a practical guide to findingand developingtalent and skills.


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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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