Sir Ken Robinson, Author and Innovation Expert
in conversation with Rick Wartzman
"The Element: A New View of Human Capacity"
Thursday, January 29th
Rick Wartzman, director of the Drucker Institute, will interview renowned creativity and innovation expert Sir Ken Robinson about his new book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, on Jan. 29 as part of a special ALOUD Business Forum at the Los Angeles Central Library.
The onstage conversation will explore what Sir Ken identifies as the point at which “natural talent meets personal passion.” Drawing on the stories of a wide range of people—from musician Paul McCartney to physicist Richard Feynman—Sir Ken offers up lessons on the diversity of intelligence and the power of imagination and creativity that can be applied to transforming business and education in the 21st century.
The conversation with Sir Ken has also been designated a Drucker Centennial event - one of a number of activities commemorating Peter Drucker's 100th birthday. For more on the Drucker Centennial, click here.
Breakfast begins at 7:30 am and the formal program begins at 8:15 am in the
Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium (Fifth & Flower Streets, Downtown Los Angeles)
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Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He has worked with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, 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. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. 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 South East Asia.
He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. Commenting on his latest book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Wiley-Capstone), John Cleese says: ‘Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored in Western culture and especially in our educational systems.
For twelve years, he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now Professor Emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Open University and the Central School of Speech and Drama; Birmingham City University and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. 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 was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.
His new book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, will be published by Penguin/Viking in January 2009.
Click here to visit Sir Ken Robinson's website.