Daniel H. Pink

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Daniel H. Pink
Daniel H. Pink
Born 1964 (age 52–53)
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Northwestern University (B.A.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)
Genre Non-fiction
Notable works Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us;
A Whole New Mind;
To Sell is Human;
Free Agent Nation;
The Adventures of Johnny Bunko
Spouse Jessica Lerner

Daniel H. Pink (born 1964) is one of the world's leading business thinkers and the author of five best-selling books about work, management, and behavioral science. His books have sold more than two million copies and have been translated into 35 languages.[1]

He was also host and co-executive producer of the National Geographic Channel social science TV series Crowd Control, which aired internationally in 2014 and 2015.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Pink grew up in the small suburban town of Bexley, Ohio, outside Columbus, in a childhood he claims was marked by “team sports, public libraries, and sitcoms” and graduated from Bexley High School in 1982.[3] He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, where he was a Truman Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.[4] In 1991, he obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Yale Law & Policy Review.[5]

Deciding not to practice law, Pink worked in several positions in politics and economic policy. He served as an aide to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and from 1995 to 1997 he was chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. In 1997, he quit his job to go out on his own, an experience he described in the 1998 Fast Company article, Free Agent Nation, which became the basis of his first book.[6]


Pink has written five books that focus on the "changing workplace," and that have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list:

His articles on business and technology have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Wired.[7][8][9][10]


• In her 2008 commencement speech at Stanford University, Oprah Winfrey gave every Stanford graduate a copy of Pink's book, A Whole New Mind.[11][12]

• Pink's 2009 talk on The Puzzle of Motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time.[13]

• In 2013, Pink's To Sell is Human won the American Marketing Association's Berry Book Prize for the year's best book in marketing.[14]

• In 2015, Thinkers50 named Pink as one of the 10 most-influential management thinkers in the world.[15]

• Pink has received honorary degrees from Georgetown University,[16] the Pratt Institute,[17] and the Ringling School of Art and Design[18]

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