2011 Ranking: #43
Los Angeles-based Sir Ken Robinson spent twelve years, in a previous life, as a professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK. He is now professor emeritus and speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education.
The career and renown of Liverpool-born Robinson were boosted by his humorous, story-filled and popular appearances on TED. His 2006 and 2010 talks have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries.
In 1998, Robinson 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 in 1999. He worked with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture to develop a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the peace process in Northern Ireland. He has also advised the Singapore Government.
Robinsonís book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (2009) was translated into twenty-one languages. His other books include Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative on creativity and innovation.