Internationally Acclaimed Expert on Creativity and Innovation
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and discussed speaker in the history of the prestigious TED Conference, Sir Ken Robinson pushes people to rethink outdated assumptions about intelligence and creativity—and to unleash the real potential of people and organizations.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.
Journalist and essayist. Director of Communications of Recoletos Media
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Minister of Industry, Tourism & Commerce of Spain (2008-2011). Economy expert.
Senior Director of the World Bank Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness (2014-2017); Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (2010-2014).