Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. Now based in Los Angeles, he has worked with national governments in Europe and Asia, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit corporations and some of the world's leading cultural organizations. They include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the Royal Ballet, the Hong Academy for Performing Arts, the European Commission, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the J Paul Getty Trust and the Education Commission of the States. For 10 years he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in England and is now professor emeritus.
In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the U.K. government, bringing together leading business people, scientists, artists and educators. His report, “All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education” (also known as The Robinson Report), was published to much 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. And he was one of four international advisors to the Singapore government for its strategy to become the creative hub of Southeast Asia.
Robinson, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of London in 1981 for research into drama and theater in education, is in high demand as a speaker with a talent for conveying profoundly serious messages with humor, passion and wit. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. His latest book, “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative”, published by Wiley-Capstone, is described by Director magazine as “a truly mind-opening analysis of why we don't get the best out of people at a time of punishing change.” Born in Liverpool, England, in 1950, Robinson in 2005 was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN's “Principal Voices.” In 2003, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.