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Dallas Theory of Creativity™ Masterclass

Join us in Dallas for a Unique Master Class on Creativity, Innovation & Disruption

Duncan Wardle’s design-thinking method was conceived to help leadership and management develop and embed a creative problem-solving process within their own organizations by providing them with tangible tools everyone can use to Think Different and develop groundbreaking, innovative ideas. It has been successfully deployed over the last few years by leading global brands from Apple to Disney to help boost their innovation potential to new heights.

Whether you work in technology, healthcare, oil, aviation, or any of the other dozens of industries that dominate Dallas, Duncan’s groundbreaking approach and tools, paired with the innovation toolkit you take away from this class, will empower you and everyone on your team to develop a culture of disruptive creativity.

Learn from Duncan’s Experience With Disney

Take Part In A Hands-on Masterclass

Learn Tools You Can Implement The Next Day

How Do I Benefit?

This is more than just an innovation masterclass. It’s verifiable a game changer for participants.

Through an entertaining, interactive 8-hour day at The Statler Hotel in Dallas, you will learn a unique Design Thinking process; one that, unlike traditional workshops, is not focused on theory but on actual practice of HOW to innovate!

Leaning on his insights from his former career at Disney, Duncan will provide you with proven, actionable steps to start creating immediate innovation magic within your organization. By the end of the day, you will walk away with a unique set of innovation tools and techniques that everyone in your organization can use to think and act more audaciously, get to breakthrough ideas faster, and leverage a unique insight gathering process that leads to revolutionary new products and services – disrupting your industry in the process.

After this Masterclass, you will have the power to:

  • Infuse a culture of innovation and a “start-up mindset” inside even the most traditional workplaces
  • Use the Imagination EmporiumTM Innovation Toolkit to systematically drive creative progress within your organization (Tangible tools such as workbooks and creativity cards provided to all masterclass attendees)
  • Identify the most powerful techniques to uncover the levers inside your company that fuel innovation
  • Use tools from the unique iD8&innov8 Design Thinking Process to uncover insights for innovation and create ideas and concepts that deliver tangible business results
  • Implement game-changing ideas and get to market faster, allowing you to compete with even the most agile competitors
  • Create an entrepreneurial mindset in your teams
  • Whether you already work in a “creative” industry, or your looking for creativity and innovation as a means to drive new competitive advantages for your business, The Theory of Creativity™ Innovation Masterclass will provide you with the tools and insights you need to take action, inspire your teams, and start building a culture of creativity today.

 Like The Traveling Man, your ideas will stand tall and shine bright once you’ve completed this groundbreaking innovation training!

 

Masterclass Host – Duncan Wardle

The former Vice President of Innovation & Creativity at The Walt Disney Company, Duncan Wardle spent his 25-year career driving innovative ideas and strategies for the world’s most creative organization. Ideas that would forever change the way the company expands its impact, trains its employees, and solves problems creatively.

Today, Duncan is a leading global innovation and creativity consultant, training companies from Texas to Timbuktu on how to leverage the full creative potential of their teams. With an infectious energy and playful collaboration, Duncan pushes executives and their teams to overcome preconceived ideas, act more audaciously, and develop their own innovation “light switch”, triggering their creative brain and accessing the ideas that turn ordinary companies into industry leaders.

Through his company iD8&innov8, Duncan has trained over 30,000 professionals and executives across the world at organizations such as Apple, NBA, Twitter, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Forbes and many more. To learn more about Duncan click here.

Sounds Great…How Do I Join?

Space in these masterclasses is extremely limited. To reserve your spot, get your tickets here.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:00PM

The Statler Dallas, Texas, USA

1914 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75201

VIP Tickets

Looking to maximize your DISRUPT Dallas experience, and get the most out of your day with Disney’s former Head of Innovation and Creativity? Then consider upgrading you and your team to the DISRUPT VIP Experience.

Limited to just 10 individuals, the DISRUPT VIP Experience is like booking Duncan for a private innovation and ideation consulting session.

As a VIP Experience Ticket Holder, you’ll be in the center of the action all day long at DISRUPT, with guaranteed front row reserved seating. And once the masterclass is over? Well the DISRUPT VIP Experience is just getting started…

This intimate group of 10 Dallas Thought Leaders will then join Duncan for a private dinner at Fine China, one of the hottest restaurants in town. With no agenda and a quiet dining space all our own, this event will be the perfect opportunity to fully engage with Duncan. To discuss the specific creative challenges your business is facing. To further explore how you can build a culture of innovation. To learn from Duncan’s 25+ years driving creativity for the world’s most creative company.

As a VIP Ticketholder, you will have direct, uninterrupted access to the man who was responsible for some of Disneyland’s most iconic and profitable innovations. The man who literally sent Buzz Lightyear into space (be sure to ask Duncan about this story at dinner)!

The DISRUPT VIP Experience is an investment in yourself and your business. An investment we promise will pay incredible dividends for many years to come…

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Get Tickets to secure one of the extremely limited VIP Seats to Duncan’s DISRUPT Dallas Innovation Masterclass.

Masterclass Location – The Statler, Downtown Dallas

About The Statler

As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas. And The Statler is no exception…

But it’s not just the size of the hotel that’s impressive (though when it opened in 1956 it was in fact the largest hotel in the Southwest). No, The Statler is much larger than its footprint or square footage. Its prominence and place in history are what make this hotel larger than life.

Hailed as a masterpiece in mid-century modern architecture, The Statler has spent 60 years as the hub of creativity and innovation in Dallas. Revolutionary business ideas have been sparked in its conference rooms. Iconic thinkers from around the world have laid their heads to rest in its beautiful guest suites. Oh, and the stories about creative visionaries like Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, and The Jackson Five leaving it all on The Statler’s stage? Let’s just say they’re legendary…

With this history of innovation and creativity pulsing through the walls and floorboards of The Statler, we couldn’t think of a more appropriate place to host DISRUPT. Could you?

To learn more about The Statler, or to book a room for Duncan’s DISRUPT Masterclass, visit www.thestatlerdallas.com.

In Partnership With

I am honoured to partner with Armando Raynal from Dallas & Savage & Wiser and grateful for both of their support in bringing my Masterclass around the world!

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

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 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

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’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

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

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 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 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!

-MARCELO CATALDO, CEO, Tigo Une

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

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’s Musings

Man on the Moon

It was nearly 4am Monday morning when my mother woke us. Minutes earlier, I had been tucked in tight and fast asleep in our cosy English home. Now, along with my two sisters, I was being marched in my sleeping [...]

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  • With the Lion King hitting theatres this weekend I’m reminded of the biggest stunts we did at @Disney.

On April 22, 1997 in the middle of New York’s Central Park we launched Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Along with 1500 young performers through live human animation, we created a lion, dinosaur, and dragon who orchestrated movement together as separate animals and then came together to showcase the new logo for Animal Kingdom.

Here’s one of my favourite images of the lion captured from a helicopter above Central Park.

#Disney #AnimalKingdom #PR #TheLionKing #LionKing #TBT #CentralPark #NewYork
  • #TBT to my adventures with @Nasa

In celebration of #Apollos50th I'm sharing some of my personal favourite photos of the time I met my childhood heroes, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Jim Lovell. I had the honour of working on audacious projects including sending Buzz Lightyear into space!

Click the link in my bio at @DuncanJWardle to hear about the time that my mother woke me up at 4am, "Sit down, shut up, and pay attention,” my mother lovingly directed, “something important is about to happen.” and that life-changing day, how it inspired innovation and a no limit mindset within my life and how it forever changed mankind.

#Apollo50th #ManOnTheMoon #50Years #Nasa #MoonLanding #Houston #LifeChanging #OneSmallStep #OnGiantLeap #Mankind #Moon #Moonlanding #History
  • "As Disney’s former head of innovation and creativity, what did a typical day look like and how do you translate that to the work you do now?" Thank you @smpsheadquarters for the feature article and asking so many wonderful questions! Click the link in bio at @DuncanJWardle #smpsbb19

This article was first published in the April 2019 issue of Marketer, a journal published by SMPS. For more information, visit www.smps.org. #Washington #BuildBusiness #InnovationSpeaker #InnovationKeynote #CreativitySpeaker #CreativityKeynote #Ideation #TimeToDisrupt #MarketDisruption #ThinkDifferent #DesignThinking
  • In keeping with the space theme, I wanted to share first hand the story about the time I send Buzz Lightyear into space!

Read all the details from how we came up with the idea, to how to pitch it, to a photo of Buzz from the launch: https://duncanwardle.com/buzz-lightyear/

As for the true inspiration for big dreams and no limits: Link in bio.

With @Nasa

#Apollo50th #ManOnTheMoon #IfYouCanDreamIt #BuzzLightYear #Pixar #MoonLanding #Moon #ToInfinityAndBeyond
  • "It was nearly 4am Monday morning when my mother woke us... “Sit down, shut up, and pay attention,” my mother lovingly directed, “something important is about to happen.” That was almost 50 years ago today. And this week we're celebrating Man's first landing on the moon. NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Here's a look back on that life-changing day, how it inspired innovation and a no limit mindset within my life and how it forever changed mankind: Link in bio at @DuncanJWardle

#Apollo50th #ManOnTheMoon #50Years #Nasa #MoonLanding #Houston #LifeChanging #OneSmallStep #OnGiantLeap #Mankind #Moon #Moonlanding #History
  • Last week I stood on stage at Usher Hall in Edinburgh and received an
Honorary Doctorate for my work around the globe helping people be more innovative and creative as well as my career in innovation with @Disney. 
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It's not very often that I find myself speechless however this was a truly
special full circle moment were looking out on the graduates it brought me back to when I sat in those seats, wide-eyed and big dreams!
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30+ years later I'm on the other side of the podium being honoured for doing the work I loved. For following my passion... and for dreaming big. 
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Thank you to my fellow graduates for sharing the stage and for sharing this day with me. Thank you to my Alma Mater @edinburghnapier 
this distinguished honour, and thank you to my family for always supporting me every step of the way. It was truly special to have you there in the audience to celebrate. 
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If you're interested in seeing the presentation or my following speech I invite you to click the link below and tune into the 5:00 mark. Link in bio @duncanjwardle
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#EdinburghNapier #Doctorate #Honoured #humbled