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Former Head of Innovation and Creativity at the Walt Disney Company.


Duncan will be in Australia and available for engagements in August 2022.

We are all born creative. We are born with amazing imaginations, are full of curiosity, and carry this remarkable built-in tool known as intuition.

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

Current Work:

As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a very unique approach to Design Thinking, that not only places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process, but also looks in new and usual places to uncover insights for innovation, helping people capture unlikely connections, leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas
Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, his unique Design Thinking process helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA.

Duncan is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Master Classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. In 2014 he was awarded an Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University in Scotland. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Talking Points

Think Different

Duncan’s shares insights from his time as Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, providing a unique set of Innovation Tools and Techniques that everyone can use to Think Different.

Embedding Innovation Into Everyone's DNA

How do you create a culture that embraces risk and entrepreneurialism, allowing everyone to innovate? Duncan shares how he infused a culture of innovation across the world’s most creative company, Disney.

Customer Experience Magic

How Disney Re-Engineers, Re-Imagines, Re-Invents and Re-Expresses the Customer Experience to consistently innovate, surprising and delighting their guests at every touchpoint.

Demystifying Design Thinking

Takes participants through a unique creative problem-solving process, including a series of practical “Lateral Thinking” tools to help build confidence, take smart risks and try something new on challenges big and small.

Workshop: Leading For Creativity

Creativity is now a huge competitive advantage. This workshop provides participants with a series of Creative tools and behaviours to help foster a culture that embraces innovation and creativity.

Workshop: Insights for Innovation

In a world of increasingly disruptive technology, innovation must become part of everyone’s DNA. This workshop helps uncover insights in new and unusual ways, delivering breakthrough ideas.

Workshop: Demystifying Design Thinking

A creative problem solving process that will help you learn how to disrupt your industry. Duncan has taught this at Apple, Amazon, Yale, Harvard, and more.
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