In his words
Iâ€™ve been doing what I do for a fairly long time. Along the way, Iâ€™ve balanced various roles: as a teacher, writer, researcher, adviser and speaker. Iâ€™ve directed and been involved in many initiatives around the world, with education systems and with corporate, cultural and community organizations.
Sir Ken Robinson works with governments, education systems, international agencies, global corporations and some of the worldâ€™s leading cultural organizations to unlock the creative energy of people and organizations. He has led national and international projects on creative and cultural education in the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States. The embodiment of the prestigious TED Conference and its commitment to spreading new ideas, Sir Ken Robinson is the most watched speaker in TEDâ€™s history. His 2006 talk, â€œDo Schools Kill Creativityâ€ has been viewed online over 40 million times and seen by an estimated 350 million people in 160 countries.
For twelve years, he was professor of arts education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus. Â In 1999, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of Southeast Asia, and the guiding force in Oklahomaâ€™s statewide strategy to cultivate creativity and innovation in culture, commerce and education.
He has been named as one of Time/Fortune/CNNâ€™s â€˜Principal Voicesâ€™. He was acclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of "the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovationâ€ and was ranked in the Thinkers50 list of the worldâ€™s top business thinkers. Â In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.
His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking, 2009) is a New York Times bestseller. It has been translated into 23 languages and has sold over a million copies worldwide. 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 (Viking, 2013), also a New York Times bestseller, is the acclaimed companion to the Element, and provides readers with a practical guide to finding and developing their ownÂ talents and vocations. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution Thatâ€™s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), tackles the critical issue of how to transform the world's troubled educational systems and is now available in 15 languages.
Sir Ken was born in Liverpool, UK. He is married to Therese (Lady) Robinson. They have two children, James and Kate, and now live in Los Angeles, California.