Sir Ken Robinson

The Office of Campus Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Redlands, Montessori in Redlands, The Grove School, in conjunction with the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies and the University’s School of Education, are honored to present an evening with Sir Ken Robinson. Sir Ken will be speaking on the theme “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative”. The program will take place on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 in the Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TED Talk ( has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts are "Everyone should watch this."

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, human potential, and the people side of organizations. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers on these topics, with a profound impact on audiences everywhere.

His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009), is a New York Times best seller and is being translated into 18 different languages.

He works with governments in Europe, Asia, and the USA, as well as with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education, and the economy for the UK Government. The resulting report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999.

Sir Ken 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 South East Asia.

For 12 years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick and is now professor emeritus. He was 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, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005, he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.

More information about Sir Ken can be found at his website:

For more information regarding this event, please contact Leela MadhavaRau at or (909) 748-8285 at the University of Redlands.

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