Sir Ken Robinson was a creative force for education and has had a tremendous impact on the work of CUE, its members, and leadership. In 2013, he stood on the keynote stage at CUE’s spring conference and called for a revolution in education. CUE’s members and educators worldwide responded to his call. His passing is a loss to education and to society.
Sir Ken’s involvement with CUE began in 2008 when he agreed to keynote the first Leadership 3.0 Symposium, conceived as a joint effort between CUE, ACSA, and TICAL. Securing his voice for the launch of this new event was a significant part of the shift happening at that time among administrators and how they thought about technology. Instead of seeing technology as a tool for computing, many began understanding it as an engine for creativity. This shift continues today as CUE leads the education revolution by providing professional learning for teachers and administrators as the world rapidly shifts to online and blended learning models as a result of the global COVID pandemic.
In arguably the most powerful moment of his dynamic keynote address at Spring CUE 2013, Sir Ken Robinson, calling on a well-known Benjamin Franklin quote, imparted inspiring words on the impact of visionary and gifted teachers saying:
“Benjamin Franklin said, “There are three kinds of people: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those who move.” … There are people who move, and I think that’s what CUE is trying to mobilize. If enough people move, that’s a movement. And if the movement is strong enough, that’s a revolution. And that’s what we need.”
About Sir Ken Robinson, PhD
A New York Times bestselling author, he led national and international projects on creative and cultural education across the world, unlocking and igniting the creative energy of people and organizations. Sir Ken was the most-watched speaker in TED’s history, with his 2006 talk ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ being viewed online over 60 million times and seen by an estimated 380 million people in 160 countries.
He was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’; acclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of ‘the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation’ and ranked in the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thinkers. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.