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Keynotes & Presentations
I can help kick start innovation and challenge any limiting perceptions.
Jill is known for her provocative approach where she challenges the status quo in order to kick start imagination. She has recently given presentations for businesses including Lene Bjerre, LEGO, Unilever, H20 Sportswear, Headstart Fashion, Givesco foods and Pej Gruppen: The Scandinavian Trend Institute. Jill is on a preferred speaker for Pej Gruppen, and also presents at their conferences.
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Feel uninspired and need a kick start into the future?
Does your team need lifting up out of their surroundings to be shown the bigger picture of how life is transforming?
Want to feel creatively motivated?
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Creativity (& boosting it) / Individuality & self-expression / Relationships & community / Scandinavian style / Consumerism & sustainability / Work, careers & personal development / Colour & Culture / Trend Forecasting process / Mega, macro and micro trends
Health & fitness / Leisure & entertainment / Fashion & beauty / Home / Food & drink
Generation Z / Millennials / Family & Parenting / Alphas / kids and babies / Boomers / Seniors
What is it?
New angles on important emerging issues.
Equality is bad for creativity:
How do we stage imagination in the happiest country in the world?
Fairness and democracy kill imagination. Sameness suppresses ideas. When life becomes too easy and too perfect, creativity wanes.
We have a global creativity crisis, and our future workforce requires ‘creatives’: innovators, explorers and rule breakers. But equality doesn’t help that to happen. A successful future society relies on imagination and creative thinking, so we are screwed if we don’t act now.
Imagination thrives under oppression and restraint… but Scandinavia is home to some of the happiest, most equal countries in the world. In short, they are creatively screwed. So how are we going to fix it?
How can we acceptably make life more difficult in order to free imagination? How do we reframe equal societies to empower failure? Find out how to guarantee success by reinvigorating creativity.
‘Scandinavian’ style has passed its sell-by date:
How do you stay fresh in the post-Scandi era?
Scandinavian style was cool when life was about fitting in. But now it’s cool to stand out, and Scandinavian design is left on the shelf, in the discount section. We have reached ‘peak Scandi’: the rest of the world has caught up and you can get ‘the look’ everywhere.
This is a time when we value brands that are true to their roots, so how do you remain ‘Scandinavian’ yet still be future facing? And when the emerging youth are being raised as global citizens, what could ‘Scandinavian’ mean to them?
At face value, ‘Scandinavian’ stands for minimalistic sameness, but it’s true meanings offer huge opportunities beyond that. How can it continuously evolve to appeal ever changing human interests? How can ‘Scandinavian’ represent luxury? Or maximalism?
Find out how to rewire the ‘Nordic way’ for long lasting success.
The Stuffocation Generation is here:
How do we sell to people who don’t want to buy?
The developed world is full. Living space has decreased, our waste has piled up, and we are rapidly realising the mess we have created for ourselves over the last 60 years of feverish purchasing. We want less stuff. And that’s bad for business, isn’t it…?
People will still want things, but owning less is the future – whether consumers know it yet or not. So if ownership is in flux, how do you design for it? Business models must evolve and change - and it won’t be comfortable, but it’s a huge opportunity for those with the foresight and creative confidence to understand this generation and think differently.
Minimalism is methadone for the conscious generation - it’s a fixer - a suitable and stylish alternative for a newly mindful consumer. But it’s not the long term solution.
Find out about the ‘Stuffocation Generation’, what will you be able to sell to them, and how will you need to package it.
We’ve killed individuality:
How do we bring it back to life before it’s too late?
Mass production and Silicon Valley have destroyed uniqueness, and customisation is just a torture instrument to drive FOMO. We all look and live the same. Individuality is impossible, thanks to global retailers and social media.
But this is a world where diversity is KING, and individuality is the most desired asset. People want to stand out, they want to express their identity. It is becoming what connects people. Even in collective societies like Scandinavia, people are breaking out of social moulds and expressing themselves more distinctively.
Lifestyle businesses need to radically alter their viewpoint if they want to survive: How can communication inspire experimentation, not sameness? How can retail empower diversity without filling shelves with crap?
Find out how to produce and sell products that make people feel unique in a world of sameness.
Classical creativity is not fit for purpose:
What does the future require?
The workforce of the future needs to be highly creative. In order to thrive in the changing, automated landscape of commerce and production, all the creative tools need to come out of the bag. But our current version of ‘creativity’ is not fit for purpose: the creative skills in demand will be different, and we are not prepared for it.
Everything from roles to the way we work, who we work with and the tasks we’ll be doing are going to be radically different. So, the way we teach creativity needs an overhaul across school, university and even in-career. Even the way we talk about it has to change.
Creativity is not going to be a rare unicorn ‘ability’ for much longer: it’s a skill that can be drawn out of everyone, and this needs to happen to ensure a successful future for society and economy. What are the creative skills we will need to nurture and how can we do it?
Find out how you can make this happen and what needs to be done differently in order to succeed.
Your creative age matters:
How to age up if older is better?
Creativity is all about the young people, isn’t it? They have the ideas…. the imagination… don’t they? …Don’t they? Attention is focused on youth when it comes to creativity and ideas in the workplace. But the emphasis is shifting to idea generation, not output, and intelligence is shifting focus to problem solving, not memory recall. And it’s Gen X and Boomers who have this in spades.
They have an older ‘creative age’: they are the real entrepreneurs and the life-changers. So is creativity a case where it’s better to be older?
Do you know the ‘creative age’ of your team-mates and employees? Find out how to maximise the potential of their diversity, and how you can ‘age up’ your employees to nurture innovators and entrepreneurs.
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What is it?
A more personal angle on some of the signature topics, with tools you can use.
Living in colour: loving, forecasting and working with colour
As a colour lover, living in monochrome Denmark can be a challenge if your life has always been filled with colour, and you have no fear of it. But many people do, and it impacts their lives and businesses.
As a futures consultant, trend expert, and colour forecaster, The Future Thief will shed light on the process of forecasting colour and talk about how we will use colour in the future.
Leaning on Jill’s personal and professional experience with colour as a designer and a futurist and a Brit, as well as colour theory and psychology, this talk explores the full spectrum of positive uses to misapplications of colour - with the accompanying range of funny, surprising and mind-blowing consequences.
Most importantly, there will be tips and tricks for how you can use colour better in both your life and business – suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced colour users ;)
Sparking creativity: invest in your future
Creativity is one of the most prized qualities we can possess, but it’s not just painting or drawing – it’s in everything from science to accounting to household chores. It’s everywhere, in everyone.
Creativity is about thinking differently and solving problems. It is essential for a sustainable, successful future existence of both humans and businesses, but it’s under pressure as we have a crisis: a loss of creative confidence in both adults and kids.
This talk will explore the history and future of the relationship between creativity and other aspects of life and business - some that might surprise you – and explain why it’s vitally important to ignite your version of creativity in order to take control of your life and your future.
Drawing on The Future Thief’s personal and professional experience as a creative researcher, a futurist and as a trained designer who lost her spark, she will share tips and tricks to make life and work better through creativity.
Working with the future: top tips from a career in trend forecasting
‘Futures’ and ‘trends’ can get a bad rep as a fluffy occupation, but the profession is actually a surprising blend of creativity, fact and science, a skill that has a centuries old history.
This talk weaves a story from great mistakes and successes of the past, intriguing case studies from The Future Thief’s own experience of nearly 15 years working with the future, and a view on how the profession will evolve.
Crucially, there will be future-proofing advice you can take away and start applying to your business – or life – today.