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Sir Ken Robinson, Futurist & Best-Selling Author Speaks to Gonzaga University Leaders Oct. 17

Sir Ken Robinson to visit with Gonzaga University leaders Oct. 17

Sir Ken Robinson

SPOKANE, Wash. – Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation, Peabody Medal recipient, and author of The New York Times best-seller “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything,” will speak to Gonzaga University leaders at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Davenport Hotel. Due to space limitations, this event is by invitation only.

Robinson, a former professor of education at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, is recognized internationally for his perspectives and insights into educational systems and personal creativity. In 1998 he led the UK’s National Commission on Creativity, Education and the Economy, producing: “All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education,” [http://bit.ly/aNKUTu] for which he was knighted.

He played a key role in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. Since then, Robinson has since been in high demand by governments in Europe Asia and the United States, as well as leading global cultural organizations, international agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. He was among four international advisors to the Singapore government to advance its strategy to become the creative hub of Southeast Asia.

“The Element” (Penguin/Viking 2009) has been translated into 21 languages. His latest book is a 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, “Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative” (Capstone/Wiley). Born in Liverpool, England, he now lives with his family in Los Angeles.

TED (Technology, Education, Design) conferences have brought his perspectives to the attention of millions. His 2006 lecture, “Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity,” is among the most-viewed on the popular lecture site. According to Robinson’s website, over 200 million people in more than 150 countries have seen his lectures on educational systems and creativity. TED is a non-profit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.”


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