Sir Ken Robinson to Keynote National Summit on Your City’s Families

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity in education and the most-watched TED Conference speaker of all-time, will keynote NLC's 2013 National Summit on Your City's Families on Wednesday, November 13, in Seattle.  Registration is now open at

Sir Ken will speak at a joint session of NLC's Summit and the Urban Libraries Council's (ULC) Partners for Success conference.  These events mark the launch of a new strategic partnership between ULC and NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families.  In Seattle, conference participants will explore the educational challenges facing our communities and the power of collaboration among libraries, municipal leaders, and civic organizations in improving educational outcomes for residents of all ages.

Creativity and Education

Sir Ken is a renowned author and one of the world's leading speakers on the topics of creativity and innovation.  The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been viewed more than 25 million times and seen by an estimated 250 million people in over 150 countries.  His 2006 talk is the most viewed in TED's history.  In 2011, he was listed as "one of the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovation" by Fast Company magazine, and was ranked among the Thinkers50 list of the world's top business thought leaders.

Sir Ken works with governments and education systems in Europe, Asia and the U.S., 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.

For 12 years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus.  In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.  His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages.  A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011.  His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013.

Register for the Summit

The biennial Summit is the nation's largest gathering of municipal leaders who are working to improve the lives of children, youth and families in their communities.  The 2013 Summit will be held November 12-14 in Seattle, in conjunction with and immediately preceding NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition.  Local leaders have the opportunity to register for both events at a sharply discounted rate.  To learn more, visit or contact Sharie Wood at (202) 626-3087 or

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