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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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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.

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

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 newly released and highly acclaimed book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Robinson 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: ·What it takes 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 twenty-first century


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