During a presentation at Grand Valley, Sir Ken Robinson, best-selling author, will discuss how passion and creativity can transform education.
Robinson’s presentation on Wednesday, March 27, is part of the Frederik Meijer Lecture Series and will cap the university’s yearlong Community Reading Project.
The CRP committee selected Robinson’s book “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything” as its eighth annual selection. More than 850 copies of the book were sold on campus, roughly 300 more were distributed by University Libraries via book kits and individual copies.
The book, a New York Times best-seller, draws on stories of celebrities like Paul McCartney, Meg Ryan, Broadway choreographer Gillian Lynne, business leaders, athletes and others to illustrate Robinson’s point that when people arrive at “the element,” they feel most inspired and achieve at their highest levels.
Robinson’s presentation, “Leading a Culture of Innovation,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse on the Allendale Campus. It is free and open to the public; RSVP online by clicking here. Doors to the Fieldhouse will open at 6 p.m.; parking will be available in lots C, F or G.
Robinson is a world-renowned leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation; he often consults with governments and Fortune 500 companies. He played a central role in developing a strategy for economic development as part of the Northern Ireland peace process. Robinson served with other advisors to Singapore when that government developed a strategy to become the creative hub of Southeast Asia.
He received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for his service to the arts. Other accolades include the Peabody Medal for contributions to arts and culture in the United States, LEGO Prize for international achievement in education and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the U.S. and United Kingdom.
The Meijer Lecture Series was established to provide local and national presentations that focus on issues of leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship from the perspective of students, faculty members, and thought-leaders in business throughout the region, state and nation. CRP is sponsored by the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies with support from many university departments.