Duncan Wardle was head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, one of the most creative companies in the world. It was here that he developed his unique Design Thinking methodology which he used to train Disney staff to be innovative. This methodology embraces a set of creative behaviors and innovation tools to help people come up with some truly out-of-the-box thinking. After leaving Disney, he set up his own iD8 & innov8 company to train staff at other companies how to be innovative and creative. He gives speeches, writes and teaches innovation classes at some top universities.
Reasons to book Duncan Wardle
- Duncan will provide your teams with the tools and know-how to be innovative and creative problem solvers who keep the end user (customer) firmly in mind.
- He will inspire staff to rediscover the creative imagination that they all had as children and use this to create revolutionary ideas.
- Duncan makes innovation accessible to all staff with his simple but effective ‘Theory of Creativity’. He gives tools (a set of questions) that anyone can use at any time to solve problems in creative ways.
Duncan Wardle’s three decade long career at Disney started when he became an intern in their London office shortly after he graduated college in 1987. During the next 30 years, he held a number of executive positions including VP Global Public Relations; VP International Marketing and Sales, and finally as VP Innovation and Creativity.
He gained a wide range of experiences from his different roles around the world, especially the one related to innovation and creativity. It was here that he developed his own unique methodology involving creative behaviors and tools to help foster innovative thinking and problem solving among the staff at Disney.
After he left Disney, he set up his own iD8 & innov8 company to help other companies to embed a culture of innovation in their staff. He has given many speeches and trained 1,000s of people at some of the top companies in the world. He also contributes to publications such as Forbes and Harvard Business Review, and has twice been a TED speaker. He teaches his Innovation Master Classes at Yale, Harvard and Edinburgh University among others.
Duncan has received a number of awards, including an Honorary Doctorate, The White House American Citizen Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award and was 2022 Speaker Contest Winner at the Nordic Business Forum.
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