Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader and keynote speaker in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and business.
Sir Ken Robinson works with governments and educations systems in Europe, Asia and the U.S, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations. The videos of his famous TED talks have been viewed more than 25 million times by an estimated 250 million people in over 150 countries, and his 2006 talk is the most viewed in TED's history.
In 1998 he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the U.K Government. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the peace process in Northern Ireland, and the resulting blueprint for change, "Unlocking Creativity", was adopted by politicians of all parties and business, education and cultural leaders across the country.
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 U.S, the Gordon Parks Award for achievements in education, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the U.K and the U.S.
In 2011 he was listed as "one of the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovation" by Fast Company magazine and ranked among the Thinkers50 list of the world's top business thought leaders. In 2003 he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.
He is the author of several books, including New York Times best-seller "The Element: how finding your passion changes everything" (2009), translated into 21 languages to date, "Out of Our Minds: learning to be creative" (2011), and "Finding Your Element: how to discover your talents and passions and transform your life" (2013).
Sir Ken Robinson holds a degree from the University of Leeds (U.K), a Ph.D from the University of London, and honorary degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, Birmingham City University, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and the Oklahoma State University, among others. For twelve years he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick.