Sir Ken Robinson

By August 7, 2017Events

Sir Ken Robinson

Through the Education Impact Speaker Series, Educate Midland, along with our community partners, strives to bring exciting, inspirational and educational speakers to the Midland Community. Tuesday, August 15, we are excited to be hosting Sir Ken Robinson, one of the foremost speakers and thinkers in the fields of creativity and innovation in education. Read about him below and join us August 15 by registering online.

Sir Ken Robinson is a British author, a leading world speaker, and an internationally recognized expert on creativity and innovation. Born and raised in a working-class family in Liverpool, England, Sir Ken once had a very different vision for his life. Aspirations of following in his father’s footsteps, Robinson dreamt of becoming a professional soccer player. However, at the tender age of four, Robinson contracted polio, putting an end to his pursuit of a career in the sport. Following his recovery, he was encouraged by his parents to begin focusing on his studies and education. Robinson went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of London, researching drama and theater in education, the first in his family to receive post-secondary education.

From 1985-1988, Robinson was the Director of the Arts Schools Project, leading an initiative throughout England and Wales to develop education in the arts. Influencing the National Curriculum in England, he became the principal author of The Arts in Schools: Principle, Practice, and Provision. The work he did became the textbook used throughout England.

For twelve years, he was a professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now a professor emeritus. Robinson’s time as an educator allowed him to develop a greater understanding of how the academic culture of education can hinder or disregard student’s passions, talents, and creativity. This realization fueled his fire to initiate change in education systems as he moved forward in his career.

In 2003, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for outstanding achievements as a speaker, writer, and service to the arts.

Robinson presented his first TEDTalk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity” in 2006, captivating an audience of 350 million people, in 160 countries, receiving over 40 million views. The lecture earned Robinson unparalleled prestige as well as becoming the most-watched speaker in TED Conference history. Following his first lecture, he circulated additional discussions on creativity in education in “How to Escape Education’s Death Valley,” and “Bring on the Learning Revolution.”

Sir Ken is the author of “Finding Your Element”, “The Element”, and “Out of Our Minds”. His 2009 book, “The Element: Finding Your Passion Changes Everything,” quickly climbed the charts, becoming a New York Times #1 bestseller. The book has sold over 1 million copies and has been translated into 23 different languages. His 2013 book, “Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life,” also a New York Times bestseller, offers readers a guide to developing their skills and vocations. His latest book published in 2015, “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education,” tackles key pain points within the world’s broken education system.

Receiving numerous recognitions, Sir Ken was named Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices.” Fast Company magazine acclaimed him as one of the “world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” and was ranked on the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business minds due to his government work in Europe and Asia, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world’s leading nonprofit and cultural organizations.

Among some of his greatest contributions are his suggestions to foster individualism, creativity, and advocate for diverse curriculum in education. He pushes people to reevaluate our school systems and to rethink outdated assumptions about the structure of our education.

We are honored to be hosting Sir Ken Robinson at our Education Impact Series on Tuesday, August 15th, and we hope you will join us for a night to remember.

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