Duncan Wardle - Speaker

Former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney creating innovative solutions that will immediately drive positive growth – secure him now for your Conference or Corporate Event.

As Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, Duncan Wardle helped teams at Disney Parks, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, Imagineering and Animation to innovate, creating magical new storylines and amazing experiences for consumers around the globe.

Duncan Wardle now brings his Disney experience to audiences around the world, delivering a series of keynotes, masterclasses, and ideation forums, that help people capture unlikely connections, leading to both disruptive thinking and revolutionary ideas.

Duncan Wardle is a multiple TEDx speaker and has been featured in many publications including Fast Company, Forbes, INC., Harvard Business Review.

He teaches Innovation and Creativity Masterclasses at Yale University, Harvard, and Edinburgh University.

Duncan Wardle also holds the American Citizen Award presented at the White House, an Hons. MBA and Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth.

More about Duncan

>   Duncan Wardle is the former Vice President of Innovation & Creativity at The Walt Disney Company.
>   Duncan Wardle spent his 25-year career at Disney developing some of their most innovative ideas and strategies.
>   Duncan Wardle led the creative process for LucasFilms, Pixar, Marvel, Disney Imagineering, Disney Parks and ESPN.
>   Duncan Wardle is the Founder of the Innovation Catalyst Team and id8.
>   Duncan Wardle’s clients include Ford, McKinsey, Coca-Cola, NBA, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Forbes. 

> Think differently, the Disney way. Do you ever wonder why most of your best ideas come to you in the shower, during your commute, while falling asleep, or some other unexpected place? Have you ever pitched a new idea, only to watch it get diluted or killed as it moves through the processes?
Using insights and key innovation case studies from his time as the Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, keynote speaker Duncan will provide your audience with his unique Design Thinking process, empowering them to leverage their creative mind and think different.

> The theory of creativity
C=ME2 (creativity = me empowered)
The ability to think creatively is the one core human truth that will remain relevant in the brave new world of Artificial Intelligence. Thankfully, Duncan Wardle believes everyone has the power to be creative.

> By the end of Duncan’s talk, your audience will walk away with a series of unique Creative Behaviors and Innovation Tools that will allow them to deliver revolutionary thinking and drive substantial results in all areas of your business.

> Embedding a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA. Leading A.I. expert Kai Fu Lee has suggested that upwards of 40% of current jobs could be replaced by Artificial Intelligence within the next 15 years. 40%!

> Sharing from his time spent embedding a culture of innovation at Disney, Duncan Wardle now empowers teams from all companies to embrace their inner entrepreneur, teaching tangible tools and techniques that give everyone access to their own creative ideas, and thus developing your company’s culture so that it’s primed and ready for innovation.

> Delivering customer experience magic
Disney’s ability to redefine and dominate nearly every industry it has ever entered is no coincidence. The continued success of Disney has been driven by a foundational trait of the company that goes all the way back to it’s founder, Walt Disney, who was merciless in his pursuit of innovating the customer experience.

> Learn how to transform your business from product-centric to customer-centric, and experience the amazing results and rewards that come when customers believe the work you do is truly magic.

> Design thinking for innovation workshop. A crash course in innovation. The Design Thinking for Innovation 1-day workshop is an immersive program that teaches teams how to create an “innovation light switch” within their organization. One that can be turned on at any moment to access creative problem solving and innovative new ideas. Specifically designed to address the 5 biggest obstacles to innovation and creativity in the workplace, workshop participants aren’t just told what needs to be done… they are given the chance to actually do. People learn by doing, not by listening! Participants take on a challenge using core Design Thinking principles to help them Think Different, and they then deliver innovative ideas that are embedded in core consumer truths, resulting in significant business results.


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