Talks (and Brown Bag Skypes)

The world is not short of ideas – so why invite me to talk, or spend half an hour on Skype? The short answer: 75% of my clients say our session was “inspiring”. By casting fresh eyes on your situation, I suggest new opportunities for change. I leave you determined to make something happen and with a clear understanding of what that next step needs to be.

“insightful, engaging, and charismatic” Audi Urban Future Award
“brilliant insights into the internet and sustainability” Economic Times of India
“an excellent, thought-provoking session on Big Data” AMP Bank, Sydney
“an inspiring presentation for our executive workshop”  Ikea
“a wonderful keynote on Smart Mobility” Seoul Design Foundation
“global reputation as a cutting edge design expert” Wall Street Journal
“challenging insights for our global Innovation Day” Worktech Academy
“global expert on innovation and the green economy” McKinsey Quarterly
“a business provocateur….” Fast Company

Headline talk for 2018

(Above: Pune, India, 2016)

Most problems are opportunities when we put the health of living systems first. My talk is about the what, the why, and the how. I describe how innovative social projects, network technologies, and new business models, are revealing new ways to define and share value. I talk about Sharing and Peer-to-Peer. Platform Co-ops. Mobility as a Service. The Maker Movement. Data Labs. Civic Ecology. Food and Fibersheds. Transition Towns. Bioregions.  Growth, in this new story, means soils, biodiversity and watersheds getting healthier, cities and communities more resilient. Each talk starts a conversation: What are the opportunities for your organization? What small steps might you take, right now, to get involved?

(Above: Smart Mobility Summit, Seoul,  2017)

Why a philosopher?
I come to our encounter wearing three hats: a philosophy hat, a storytelling one, and a design hat.The philosopher in me asks: “what’s the most important question here?” As a storyteller, I introduce you to real people doing inspiring projects around the world. Finally, with my design hat on, I ask what these innovations mean for your place in the regenerative economy that’s now emerging.

(Above: Floating Talk Show, The Alternative, Paris, 2015)

I do big-picture keynote talks for cities, companies, universities, and institutions. A combination talk + xskool workshop gives us more quality time together.

(Above: OuiShare Festival, Paris , 2014. The text of my keynote is here).

Videos online
My keynote at Poptech! is here; my talk on Big Data, for AMP in Sydney, is here; my talk at Mayo Clinic is here. My 2016 keynote at Earthtalks, Vienna, is here.

(Above: Arising Architecture, Aarhus, Denmark, 2017)

Do you need a conference moderator, or jury chair?
People seem to enjoy my lively Q+A interviews. More info here.

Online option: Brown Bag Skype

(above: Video talk with Ars Electronics, Vienna, 2016)

For a short change of pace in your Board workshop, or retreat, this simple but effective online format is ideal: Sometimes I send a short video ahead of time, that you download; or we can do a 1:1 session live on Skype or FaceTime. Some recent examples:
– foreign ministry officials at a strategy seminar in The Netherlands;
– managers at an innovation workshop in Belgium;
– design educators at their annual conference in the US;
– architects at a festival in Brazil;
– interactive media professionals at a seminar in Hong Kong.

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Europe and RoW
    Eithne Jones: eithne [ a t ] speakerideas [ d o t ] +31 6 1089 3693
The Americas
The Lavin Agency, Gord Mazur: gmazur [ a t ] thelavinagency [ d o t ] com.