Daniel H. Pink (born 1964) is an author of books about work, management, and behavioral science. He was host and co-executive producer of the 2014–2015 National Geographic Channel social science TV series Crowd Control.
Early life and career
Pink grew up in the small suburban town of Bexley, Ohio, outside Columbus, and graduated from Bexley High School in 1982. He was a Truman Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa at Northwestern University. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1991, having been editor-in-chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review.
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.
His articles on business and technology have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Wired.
- Pink's 2009 talk on The Puzzle of Motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time.
- In 2013, To Sell is Human won the American Marketing Association's Berry Book Prize for the year's best book in marketing.
- In 2015, Thinkers50 named Pink as one of the 10 most-influential management thinkers in the world.
- Honorary degrees from Georgetown University, the Pratt Institute, and the Ringling School of Art and Design
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Booknotes. November 18, 2001.