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Innovation Speaker - Duncan Wardle

ideate, innovate, elevate.

As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan led the team that helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience as an Innovation Speaker delivering keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, around the globe helping companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA.

Innovation Speaker - Duncan Wardle


With 25+ years spent in leadership roles at Disney, Duncan’s talks are anything but ordinary. As an Innovation Speaker he shares real world stories and lessons learned from the innovation battlefield. Duncan leaves audiences inspired, motivated, and ready to innovate for their own organizations.


By sharing the tools and techniques needed to generate more frequent, consistent “a-ha!” moments for your business, Duncan’s hands-on innovation workshops turn teams into innovation powerhouses, driving immediate, measurable impact for organizations across the globe.

Ideation Sessions

Forever change brainstorming: Let Duncan guide your team through a structured Ideation Session and make the sparks fly. Learn the format that’s been proven to elicit the most meaningful new ideas from every level of your company, and change the way your team innovates.

on a mission to eradicate the
status quo.

Duncan challenges everyone to claim their own creativity, thus creating a culture of innovation never possible before. The former Head of Innovation and Creativity for Disney, Duncan is now one of the world’s most highly regarded innovation speakers and innovation consultants, teaching companies, brands and individuals across the globe to overcome their own expertise and get out of their own way. To think differently and creatively.

In an age where meetings and projects and presentations have your employees feeling like they are “too busy to think,” as an Innovation Speaker Duncan teaches how to create an innovation “light switch.” A way to turn on their creative brain and access the ideas that turn ordinary companies into industry leaders.

It takes time and money to find, hire, and build your teams. So why not leverage the full potential of their creativity and harness the full spectrum of their innovation? Through his pioneering consulting services, Duncan teaches organizations how to do just that, maximizing the ROI they receive on their most valuable resource: their people.

Imagination Emporium - Duncan Wardle, Innovation Speaker

Based on his 25 years of innovations leadership at Disney, Duncan’s unique design thinking process will empower your entire organization to redefine how they think about
problems and solutions. Teams leave with the tools they need to start innovating
today and to immediately drive positive growth for your organization.

Are you ready to see the ideas that are unleashed by fostering a culture of innovation
and creativity within your organization?

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As a world-renown Innovation Speaker, Duncan travels to dozens of countries each year, reaching thousands of individuals through his innovation keynote speeches, ideation workshops and creative consulting.

Duncan believes that creativity has no borders. No matter where your organization is located, he can deliver an impactful message that’s tailored to your local environment, and built upon the lessons he learned as a global creative executive for The Walt Disney Company.

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Duncan has amazed all of us and our audience during his visit to Colombia. Addressing to an audience of over 1,000 people he was able to land innovation and creativity in very simple and practical steps, and in a very fun way also! It is obvious that his over 20 years of experience with outstanding results in his back has given us also proven results of his proposed methodology. As a speaker, he comes across very simple, clear but with an incredible passion that is so contagious, you don’t realize how time goes by in his presentation!


We've had the pleasure of having Duncan speak at three different events in 2017. Each time, he was the audience favorite, hands down. His presentations are work sessions designed to be fun, interactive, and fast-paced. Duncan is true wealth of creative knowledge and inspiration, and he helped our members stretch their out-of-the-box thinking.

-Mike McMahon, President & Executive Director, Path to Purchase Institute

Duncan’s workshop sparked our creative minds and gave us tools that will pay dividends for years to come. My team was thoroughly captivated, fully engaged, energized and inspired. Look no further than Duncan for one of the best investments you will ever make in your business.

-Lisa Cotter, Vice President of Marketing, Orlando Magic

Duncan Wardle's interactive presentation breathed a new life of excitement into our Driven Brands Marketing teams. Immediately following his innovation seminar, we all created desktop screensavers with little tidbits or quotes from his lessons ensuring we would be reminded every day to "find the yes" or "get out of our river of thought"... and to "share early and often". We started having breakfast meetings where we idea shared. Ultimately Duncan's teachings continue to remind us that innovation is such a vital part of jobs and we can also have a lot of fun doing it.

-Hannah Ross, Sr. Marketing Manager, Carstar

While Duncan spoke to a large and packed room, people were inspired and hung on his every word. Many claimed it was one of the best presentations they'd ever experienced. If you're looking for an amazing speaker who can motivate others to innovate, then look no further than Duncan Wardle."

-Michael Stelzner, Founder Social Media Examiner and Social Media Marketing World

Duncan has a unique way of connecting with an audience and challenging them to approach creativity in a radically different approach. Considering that many of the people in the audience are creative people by nature and job description, that is fairly remarkable. Duncan’s insights and sense of humor keep the audience engaged from start to finish.

-Paul Noland, President & CEO International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

Duncan was an inspiring part of TEDx. His knowledge and experience are matched by his enthusiasm for delighting the audience with his wit and charm. I look forward to working with Duncan again- learning & exploring, in-depth, through his design workshops!

-Cassaundra Melgar-C’de Baca, Executive Producer, TEDxLadyBirdLake

Duncan’s power comes from his engaging exercises, energetic delivery and the memorability of his tools. When a 100 year old brand starts replacing stagnant approaches with expansive language like “how might we?” or “Yes, And,” - you know the culture is beginning to shift.

-Lori Geoffrey, Director of Digital Experience Pacific Gas and Electric

In one word I would explain Duncan’s creativity training as transformative. One day with Duncan created more than a year of conversation and fresh approaches to brainstorming throughout our agency.

-Tom Coyne, CEO of Coyne PR

If your company is looking for ways to continuously improve, engage your employees to think differently and have fun along the way, you’ll find inspiration in Duncan’s Innovation Emporium., Not only have our teams returned from Duncan’s workshops with a newfound excitement and a belief that they have what it takes to be innovative, they’ve also generated tangible ideas that are moving into the implementation phase.

-Laurie Giammona, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer - Pacific Gas and Electric Company

In true Disney fashion, Duncan’s teaching methods are educational and entertaining. He has successfully introduced new ways of thinking into our company, paving the way to invigorating and enhancing our culture of continued innovation and creativity.”

-George Scammell, Director of Interior Design, Princess Cruises

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  • While there are many lessons you can learn in India the one that is the most profound and that the rest of the world can learn from is this, living in harmony is possible.
India has 1.4 billion people and walking through neighborhoods filled with Hindus and Sikhs, Christians and Muslim one thing was evident, we can all celebrate each other and ourselves at the same time. The ability to live harmonically is something that the rest of the world can learn from. Diversity is India's superpower. Mahatma Gandhi said it best, "No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive"
As I prepare to leave India and say farewell to the people of India of whom I utterly adore. From my gracious hosts, to the many new friends I made along my travels, here are some of the faces I will miss as my journey continues on.
With Love to India. Thank You.
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  • What if you could turn a 2-lane road into a 4-lane road?
Would that be breaking the rules? Or being innovative and finding new ways to get things done?
Travelling in Kolkata is an experience all to itself, where the commuters have transformed the 2 lane roads into four lanes. What appears at first glance to be chaos, upon further investigation unveils that it is truly a refined dance, like a well-oiled machine working collaboratively to get everyone moving in sync and supporting each other in getting where they need to go.
From Tuk-tuks to taxis, goats to elephants, big trucks to tiny scooters, it’s amazing to watch it all unfold before your eyes.
When was the last time you looked at an “old” problem with fresh eyes?
Who knows what innovation you may unveil.
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  • Creativity is flowing out of the local markets and everywhere you turn you see a new level of ingenuity that only can be found in India. 🧡

I love strolling through markets, this week visiting the fish 🐠 and flower 🌼 markets in Kolkata. I admire the local vendors and hearing the stories behind their artistry and work. The level of humility, kindness, and worth ethic is commendable. (Reason number 1001 why I love 🇮)

Whether you’re lucky enough to spend time in one of India’s markets or opt to visit a market closer to home, I recommend you allow time in your schedule to slowly stroll through the aisles, interact with the vendors, and soak in their imagination and cleverness as told through their creations. As Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”
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  • The sign simply read, “Mother Teresa is in”.
And with that I was welcomed into The Mother House Of the Missionaries Of Charity in Kolkata, to visit Mother Teresa's tomb, preserved room & a small exhibit on display at this quiet convent.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4500 nuns. She led a congregation that managed homes for people dying of HIV/ Aids, leprosy, and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, dispensaries, mobile clinics, children’s and family counselling programs, as well as orphanage and schools.
She is laid to rest in this convent, that is very much active and every day nuns continue to execute her vision of hope and peace. The humility, humility, dedication, and desire to serve others is evident in their work. It’s inspiring beyond words.
“Peace begins with a smile,” Mother Teresa
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  • Delighted to give back during my visit to Kolkata. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi
Thank you to the students of @adamasuniversity for joining me for a workshop. Your passion and energy were contagious, and it made for a wonderful afternoon.
#Grateful #Passion #Purpose
  • In this journey, I have met so many incredible people, and my last couple of days in India have been truly amazing. The kindness, the warm welcome, the sense of community, and the inspiration. I have always said I have a love affair with India, and it’s the people who make it such a wonderful place.
Thank you #InfoComConnect for inviting me to #InfoCom2019 and tackling hard topics such as VUCA, entrepreneurship, and letting me share my belief that India will be the word’s biggest superpower by 2050.
Thank you for hosting me #ShanthaMaheswari and to @Rakeilperuma for inviting me to your incredible event. It was an honour to speak in a country I love surrounded by people I adore.
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