Announcing The 2018 FEI Boston Speakers Lineup
Magnus Lindkvist, Trendspotting Futurologist and Author When The Future Begins
Magnus Lindkvist is a trendspotting futurologist and author who weaves together important current trends to forecast what life, society and business might look like in the future. It is the fantastic timing, storytelling and politically incorrect humour that keep the audience – a global audience – laughing and talking well after his talk ends.
He has given in excess of a thousand keynote speeches over the past decade to everyone from Fortune 500 CEOs and civil servants in the Middle East to anyone looking to be inspired and enlightened by trendspotting and future-thinking.
Elizabeth Merrick May, Head of Customer Insight Analytics at Nest
How Nest found that consumer insights have led them to continue to innovate and evolve the nest product offering. Why it’s important to innovate with your customer in mind and the lessons learned along the way.
Jeff Wilson Ph.D., Founder and Professor Dumpster at Kasita
Jeff Wilson is founder at the award-winning micro housing company Kasita. Named one of Inc’s 25 most disruptive companies in the world in 2017, Kasita homes are 350 sq.ft., smart, attainable, beautifully designed and sustainable. Formerly, Dr. Wilson was a Professor and Dean also known as ‘Professor Dumpster’. He lived in a 33 sq. ft. modified trash dumpster for a year as part of a minimalist housing experiment. Wilson has authored dozens of scientific articles, was named the University of Texas System’s top assistant professor, and did his post-doctoral work at Harvard. Wilson’s work on sustainability, minimalism, and social experimentation has been featured in The Atlantic, NY Times, and The Washington Post.
Michael Fanuele, Former Chief Creative Officer at General Mills & Author
Michael has been a Brand Strategist, a Global Planning Director, a Chief Strategy Officer, and a Chief Creative Officer. He has helped old-school cultures find their way in a digital age and modern brands grow with strategic rigor. He has run departments of forty people and started a scrappy little agency. He has been the creative leader of a company with 40,000 really smart people. He has worked in New York, London, Minneapolis, and has helped brands succeed in 45 other countries. He has in fact sold tea in China.
Mark Smith, Creative Director of Innovation at Nike
Mark Smith joined Nike in April, 1989. Hired by then VP of Design Mark Parker to explore concept apparel and graphics. Quickly drafted into Nike’s work with In Living Color, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Heavy D, he was identified as the go-to guy for “energy” projects, out of the box design and elevated presentations. His other primary contributions helped establish Nike’s newly forming International Tee Shirt Program. The original FORCE logo was his first global graphic brand product mark.