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Squaw Valley Institutes to bring on world-wide wonder of creativity, Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson will bring inspirational views on creativity and education to the Resort at Squaw Creek.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tickets are selling like hotcakes for creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson’s presentation on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Sierra Ballroom at Resort at Squaw Creek.

Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) is pleased to bring this world famous speaker, author, educator and TEDTalks legend to the Lake Tahoe region in partnership with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

At 6:30 p.m. a no-host bar will open for a pre-event reception. Tickets are $45 for general public, $35 for Squaw Valley Institute members and educators, and $25 for students and children under 18. Tickets can be reserved at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.

“I am extremely pleased SVI and Tahoe Truckee Unified School District can bring Sir Ken Robinson to our community,” said Dr. Robert Leri, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District superintendent. “While sometimes controversial, Sir Ken’s message is always inspirational and in many ways an affirmation of the innovative and creative work happening in our schools. Continuing and enhancing that work will have a significant impact on learning for all of our students. Sir Ken comes at just the right time for possibilities in our schools and community.”


Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in more than 150 countries, representing the most widely watched TED talks in history. According to Sir Robinson, creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.

Sir Robinson works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, 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 United Kingdom and is now professor emeritus. He was been honored with the Athena Award of the Rhode Island School of Design for services to the arts and education; the Peabody Medal for contributions to the arts and culture in the United States; the 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 United Kingdom and the United States.

In 2005, he was named as one of Time / Fortune /CNN’s “Principal Voices.” In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.

His book, “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything,” (Penguin/Viking 2009) is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. His latest book is a 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Capstone/Wiley).

For more details visit http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.


Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs having artistic, cultural and educational values. Founded in 2002, SVI’s mission is to create an incubator for critical thought, inspiring uncommon conversations in the North Lake Tahoe region. Ranging in topics from athletes with insights to health, education and world affairs, SVI brings approximately one intellectually provocative speaker to the region each month, bringing together the community around a topic with relevance and inspiration.

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