Gratnells brings Sir Ken Robinson to EDspaces in Kansas City.

On Wednesday 25th Oct 2017 Gratnells brought Sir Ken Robinson to EDspaces in Kansas City, USA, where he spoke to a packed house of over 1000 delegates, receiving rapturous applause.

Sir Ken spoke for over an hour on the subject of allowing school children to express their inner creativity and achieve their individual highest potential by releasing them from the constraints of a system designed to force all students along a narrow path of tests and measurement.  He touched on many sensitive and emotional issues, clearly highlighting how ‘disadvantaged’ individuals have flourished when allowed the freedom to express themselves, and pursue their personal interests.

Summing up, Sir Ken explained the importance the whole learning environment  plays in establishing a learning space where all individuals feel engaged and inspired to investigate and discover, embracing a rich learning experience, and becoming life-long learners.

The speech was very well received, followed by many individual photographs and congratulations, and then a busy book signing on the Gratnells booth.


About Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognised authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, and is one of the world’s leading speakers.  The videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed ever in the history of TED and have been seen by over 300 million people in more than 150 countries.

Sir Ken works with governments worldwide, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions along with a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller 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. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.


Anyone keen to hear Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk can find it at More details about the Learning Rooms approach to classroom design can found here.


EDspaces is the premier event for the educational facilities marketplace in the USA and the gathering place for architects, dealers, Pre–K – 12, colleges, universities, independent manufacturer representatives, exhibitors, and corporations to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning.



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