Research

Most of my work and research is related to three main themes.

We are living in times of revolution.

I mean this literally, not figuratively. Humanity now faces challenges that are unprecedented in our history. These challenges are being driven by many interacting forces. They include the exponential rate of technological change, the massive shifts in population, and our unsustainable demands on the earth’s resources. My interests, which I share with many others, are in understanding the nature of these challenges and the strategies we can adopt to meet them.

We need to think differently about ourselves

Human resources are like the earth’s natural resources. They are highly diverse and often buried deep beneath the surface. They need to be discovered, refined and applied. Education often promotes a narrow view of ability, as do many corporate organizations. As a result, many people are unaware of the variety of their talents and depth of their potential. My interests are in understanding the diversity of human intelligence and creativity and the processes that best cultivate them.

We need to think differently about our organizations

Many of our institutions evolved in earlier times to meet different needs than those we face now.  Many of them are failing the people they’re meant to serve and the energies of those who work in them. If we’re to have fulfilled lives as individuals and meet the challenges we face collectively, we have to create the conditions in our schools, communities and organizations for people to flourish. My interests are in understanding these conditions and how to create them.

Writing

My writing on these themes has included curriculum resources, journalism, research and strategy reports, edited books, chapters in other people’s books and my own books.

Click the Blog tag for details of some recent publications.

I’m currently working on a new book to be published in 2020. More details soon.

Projects & Partnerships

I have advised and worked with projects, education systems, governments, companies and cultural organizations around the world.Recent partnerships include:

Speaking & Events

I make time whenever I can to speak to events and conferences on issues related to my main areas of work. You can watch some of my talks by clicking on the video gallery

To find out more about my current speech topics, to see some video clips, and for advice on all speaking engagements, please complete the following form.

Testimonials

“The event with Sir Ken was absolutely marvelous! I have to tell you that Ken was a delightful person to work with. He stayed for most of the first day of the Summit, and he met with several of the attendees on an individual or small-group basis. I very much enjoyed meeting him and working with him as well.” Microsoft

"Sir Ken was absolutely one of the best speakers I think we’ve ever had! He was so personable, funny and genuine!” University of Miami