The career and renown of Liverpool-born Robinson were boosted by his humorous, story-filled and popular appearances on TED. His 2006 and 2010 talks have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries.
In 1998, Robinson 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 in 1999. He worked with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture to develop a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the peace process in Northern Ireland. He has also advised the Singapore Government.
Robinson’s book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (2009) was translated into twenty-one languages. His other books include Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative on creativity and innovation.