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dlic 2017 Sir Ken RobinsonSir Ken Robinson Biography

Professor Emeritus at University of Warwick

address London, UK

The embodiment of the prestigious TED Conference and its commitment to spreading new ideas, Sir Ken Robinson is the most watched speaker in TED’s history.

The Man

With the most watched TED talk in history, an influential voice in education and an internationally recognised authority on creativity, innovation and the human potential, Sir Ken Robinson brings to DLIC 2017 his wealth of experience as a teacher, writer, researcher, adviser and speaker.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation”, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions and had the honour of being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for his services to the arts. 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. Sir Ken has worked with governments within Europe, Asia, and the US; international agencies; Fortune 500 companies; leading cultural organisations.

He was a dominant figure in developing an approach for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise, and culture.

His book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion changes Everything (2009), is a New York Times best seller which has been translated into 21 languages. This guide to self-improvement, happiness and creativity underscores practical steps for recognising personal talents, merging one’s talents and transforming interests into income.

Sir Ken’s other books, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (2011), Finding Your Element: How to Discover your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life (2013) and Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution that’s Transforming Education (2015), respectively discuss:

  • How organisations and companies vie in a world of economic and technological change
  • Practical direction to ascertaining your passion and natural propensities while encouraging you to think differently about themselves and the lives they lead
  • How to transform the troubled educational system and calls for an end to such an archaic system.