Sir Ken Robinson on fostering innovation

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Sixteen building and construction industry leaders attended a workshop in March 2018 run by Sir Ken Robinson on cultivating a culture of creativity and innovation.

March 2018

One of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation, Sir Ken demonstrated to his Auckland audience why creativity was more important now than ever before because of current revolutionary times.

The Industry Transformation Agenda Leadership Forum hosted leaders at the three-hour workshop to learn how Sir Ken’s insights can be applied to the transformation of our industry.

He challenged leaders to nurture creativity in their workplace as the resulting innovation would future-proof organisations and ensure they stayed relevant. A successful company, in any industry, allowed for the generation of new ideas to be routine.

“If you just want efficiency — if you want to make thousands of motor cars or garments — you may develop a command and control mentality, but in doing that you may be missing out on real opportunities for innovation.

“If you really want a culture of innovation, you have to lead people differently, value them differently, and encourage them differently.  Leaders set the conditions for creativity – and therefore innovation – to flourish.”

Sir Ken showed how innovation would help prepare the current and future building and construction workforce for immense technological change that would see robots lay bricks, build houses and drive trucks.

Chelydra Percy, CE of BRANZ and a champion of the Industry Transformation Agenda, said Sir Ken reinforced the discussions among industry leaders that if we want a different industry, as leaders, we must enable that.

“We are at the very beginning of transformation and we don’t have all the answers. Sir Ken reminded us that innovation requires a tolerance of risk and permission to be creative. We will make mistakes and go down dead-ends. In doing so, we will discover strategies that unlock value and transform our industry.” 


The two mindmaps below capture the highlights from Sir Ken's presentation. Produced by Gareth Parry, PwC, we are grateful to Liberty Stage for making them available.

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken

Sir Ken Robinson works with governments, education systems, international agencies, global corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations to unlock the creative energy of people and organizations. He has led national and international projects on creative and cultural education in the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States. The embodiment of the prestigious TED Conference and its commitment to spreading new ideas, Sir Ken Robinson is the most watched speaker in TED’s history. His 2006 talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity” has been viewed online over 40 million times and seen by an estimated 350 million people in 160 countries.