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All that I had heard about Sir Ken turned out to be true, and then some! He is insightful, funny, thought-provoking, intelligent, and really tuned in to his audience.
Georgia School Superintendents Association
Sir Ken was amazing. He was funny and engaging and shared some great insights. At times he had the audience in stitches.
HealthAchieve (product of the Ontario Hospital Association)
We were very pleased with Sir Ken Robinson's keynote. Many of our attendees and Board members commented that he was one of the best keynote speakers CEC has ever had. His speech was engaging, humorous, on point, and connected with the work of special educators. Following the general session, he was gracious enough to stay for quite a while, talk to our attendees (and listen intently to what they were saying!), sign programs, and smile for many photos. Sir Ken Robinson was a true delight.
Anmarie Kallas, Council for Exceptional Children
The event with Sir Ken was absolutely marvelous! I have to tell you that Ken was a delightful person to work with. He stayed for most of the first day of the Summit, and he met with several of the attendees on an individual or small-group basis. I very much enjoyed meeting him and working with him as well.
Microsoft
Sir Ken Robinson’s talk was a smashing success and certainly kicked off our lecture series in fine fashion. He has set the bar very high, and I greatly appreciated how warm he was with our students while signing the books they bought. A number of people have commented on the talk—the humor, message and delivery were super.
Texas Christian University
We are still getting compliments on Sir Ken Robinson’s presentation. He hit all the right marks! It made it very special that an internationally known speaker took the time to tailor his remarks for our community. That touch was appreciated.
Foundation for the Carolinas
That was about the most amazing way to hear about the importance of art that I have ever heard… Thank you!
The Art of Education 305
Sir Ken Robinson's presentations were magnificent and have been the talk of the organization ever since!
Sharp HealthCare
Sir Ken Robinson did a fabulous job, all the feedback we have received has been very positive. Our attendees thought he was humorous, engaging and thought provoking. I appreciated how accommodating he was at the event and he took his time to connect with people after, willing to take photographs and sign books. He was an excellent choice for the event.
O.C. Tanner Recognition Company
Sir Ken Robinson personalized his presentation and was fabulous. He received a standing ovation.
NYS Council of School Superintendents
Sir Robinson was fabulous!! He was witty and entertaining and did a great job providing data-driven and relevant examples of how creativity can be nourished to drive innovation in a corporate setting. He was relevant, to the point, and had the full attention of our audience for well over an hour. We were very pleased to have him as part of this year's CEO Conference.
GSC Group
Sir Ken was absolutely one of the best speakers I think we've ever had! He was so personable, funny and genuine!
University of Miami
This was our 19th annual Fall CIO Forum and based on the program evaluations, this will be marked as one of the most successful events in our history! Sir Ken's closing keynote was very well received (95% of evaluations were rated as Excellent or Very Good!), and our group greatly appreciated the entertaining style with which Sir Ken delivered his message.
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)
The feedback on Sir Ken was so wonderful; our global leadership team was inspired, stimulated and excited. The results exceeded my greatest hopes and of all the speakers, Sir Ken's discussion created the most enthusiastic debate through the evening. Sir Ken's encouragement of the leaders to personally seek stronger levels of creativity in themselves, as we all as creating stronger cultures of creativity and innovation was extremely successful.
Universal McCann
I want to tell you that Ken Robinson was awesome!! Great message delivered with humor...most importantly he connected so well with the 1900 folks in attendance. He got a standing ovation at the end and they meant it.
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships
His opening session created a spark that set the tone for the entire conference. Wherever people were gathered, they were commenting on his remarks and using them as a touchstone for sessions they attended later.
2013 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
It was a fantastic session in Los Angeles [with Sir Ken], which really helped set the tone for thinking differently about our business going forward.
President & CEO, GS1US
Sir Ken was simply brilliant. He absolutely wowed my audience. I personally worked with him prior to his talk and I found him personable, charming and absolutely hilarious.
Performics
Food For Thought celebrates the intersection of creative thinking, entrepreneurialism and social responsibility, so we felt that Sir Ken Robinson was the perfect fit for our audience - and Ken did not disappoint. Ken has an uncanny ability to keep the audience laughing with his dry wit, while also imparting nuggets of wisdom that resonate with the audience. As our final speaker of the three-day conference, Sir Ken tied everything neatly together when he challenged us to apply our creative energies to very complex issues.
Food For Thought
As I think back on our pre-conference conversation, our team gave you some steep and diverse expectations. You hit all of our expectations that we set and inspired very rich conversations. There is great pressure now for action at both the state, local and school levels. Our business leaders in the room want to be a part of the action planning and the energy is very positive. And if that wasn't enough, we then had the powerful lunch conversation. You use such great reflective questions so that people really have to search for the rationale to continue on the accountability/testing path... even when the data shows the testing plan isn't developing the potential in our youth. School leaders are ready to lead the changes and they are looking for guidance for where to start.
Stark Education Partnership
Sir Ken Robinson's message is so poignant and inspirational -- he made an indelible mark upon all attendees.
Australian Human Resources Institute

Sir Ken Robinson

Presenter of #1 Most Viewed TED Talk in History, Internationally Acclaimed Expert on Creativity and Innovation and Author, Creative Schools

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 creativity—and to unleash the real potential of people and organizations.

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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 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

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

Meet Sir Ken Robinson


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 creativity—and 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 Robinson’s famous 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 viewed online 40 million times and seen by an estimated 350 million people in 150 countries. Named as one of "the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine and featured in the 2011 Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thinkers, Sir Ken works with governments, education systems, international agencies, global corporations and some of the world’s 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 the central figure in the groundbreaking "Unlocking Creativity" initiative as part of the peace process in Northern Ireland and 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 how the academic and organizational culture of education can stifle creativity and fundamentally disregard people’s 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 21 languages. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life (Viking, 2013) is also a New York Times best seller and the long-awaited companion Finding Your Element, which provides readers with a practical guide to finding—and developing—talent and skills. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, tackles the critical issue of how to transform the world's troubled educational systems.

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