Sir Ken has authored and co-authored a wide range of books, reports and articles on creativity, the arts, education and cultural development. Here’s a selection:


The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
By Sir Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica


The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves, most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. Witha wry sense of humor, and drawing on the stories of a wide range of artists, scientists, athletes, business leaders, academics, and many others, Ken Robinson shows why finding your Element is essential for all of us and explores the conditions that lead us to live lives that are filled with passion, confidence, and personal achievement.

Offers life-altering insights about the discovery of your true best self.” – STEPHEN R. COVEY, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The Element is another reminder of why Sir Ken Robinson is one of America’s finest imports. With a crackling with and a deep humanity, he urges us to ignore the naysayers, bypass the crowd, and find the place where our talents and desires intersect. This is a truly inspiring book.” – DANIEL PINK, author of A Whole New Mind

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Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
By Sir Ken Robinson


The modern world is the product of ideas, beliefs and values of human imagination and culture have shaped it over centuries. It has been created out of our minds as much as from the natural environment. The human mind is profoundly and uniquely creative, but too many people have no sense of their true talents. Education has an important role in helping us to achieve our potential, but the processes by which we assess ability were designed for other times and for other purposes. This extensively revised and updated version of Ken Robinson’s bestselling classic, Out of Our Minds, offers a new approach to creativity in education and in business. It is a provocative call for a more innovative approach to teaching, training and development that will increase our opportunities for economic, cultural and human survival.

“If ever there was a time when creativity was necessary for the survival and growth of any organization, it is now. This book, more than any other I know, provides important insights on how leaders can evoke and sustain those creative juices.” – Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business and bestselling author and co-author of more than 20 books

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“This really is a remarkable book. It does for human resources what Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did for the environment.” – Wally Olins, Founder, Wolff-Olins

“Books about creativity are not always creative. Ken Robinson’s is a welcome exception…” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow

“Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored in Western culture and especially in our educational systems.” – John Cleese, actor



Sir Ken has been chairman and principal author of influential commissions to promote creativity and innovation in education, business and the community. They include:

all_our_futures All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education In 1998, Ken Robinson led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy forthe UK Government bringing together leading business people, scientists, artists and educators. His report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to huge acclaim. The London Times said: ‘This report raises some of the most important issues facing business in the 21st century. It should have every CEO and human resources director thumping the table and demanding action.’A downloadable PDF version of the All Our Futures is available: Here
unlocking_creativity Unlocking Creativity: A Strategy for Development Sir Ken was a 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. Information on the report and the Unlocking Creativity initiatives in Northern Ireland is available at:
the_arts_in_schools The Arts In Schools: Principles, practice and provision This report argues the case for the arts in schools and considers the consequent implications and conclusions. Our conviction is that schools must develop broader not narrower curricula and that the arts have an important place within this approach.



Recent articles by and about Sir Ken include:

June 2013 – Forbes: How To Discover Your True Talents
June 2013 – Vanity Fair: Guiding Knight
May 2013 – Time Ideas: What Graduation Speeches Should Say but Don’t
May 2013 – The Guardian: To encourage creativity, Mr Gove, you must first understand what it is
CNN: How schools stifle creativity
11/3/09 – CNN Opinion: How schools stifle creativity
Times Online
2/20/09 – Times Online: State school system cries out for creativity
2/10/09 – Bloomberg
The Guardian Review
2/10/09 – The Guardian Review

Huffington Post

1/11/09 – The Huffington Post
Parents' Choice: A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson
9/2008 – Parents’ Choice: A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson
Newstatesman: Practical Learning

6/28/08 – Newstatesman: Practical Learning
Edutopia: Take a Chance ... Let Them Dance
10/2006 – Edutopia: Take a Chance … Let Them Dance
Business Week: Growing Artistic Talent

2/23/06 – Business Week: Growing Artistic Talent
Education Commission of the States
7/14/2005 – Education Commission of the States: 2005 National Forum of Education Policy
Education Commission of the States
4/2005 – Education Commission of the States: How Creativity, Education and the Arts Shape a Modern Economy