Sir Ken Robinson

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
10:45am EDT

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Due to a family emergency, Sir Ken Robinson is unable to join the Chautauqua audience for a live Q-and-A session at the conclusion of the program. Those who would like to continue the conversation are invited to join us on the Virtual Porch at 12:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 4, as education consultant Howard Teibel leads a Post-Lecture Community Conversation. Register for free at this link.

"The State of the American Education System"

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation, who works with governments, education systems, international agencies, global corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations to unlock the creative energy of people and organizations.

The most watched speaker in TED’s history, Robinson’s 2006 talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity” has been viewed online over 60 million times and seen by an estimated 380 million people in 160 countries. He opens Chautauqua’s week on “Rebuilding Public Education” with a sweeping look at the state of education in the United States.

For 12 years, Robinson was professor of arts education at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, where he is now professor emeritus. 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 Oklahoma’s statewide strategy to cultivate creativity and innovation in culture, commerce and education.

New York Times bestselling author, his books include The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything; Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative; and, most recently, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming EducationFast Company calls him “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” and he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices.

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 United States; the LEGO Prize for international achievement in education; the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States, and the Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.

Robinson received his Bachelor of Education at Bretton Hall College of Education, and completed his PhD at the University of London.