Magnus Lindkvist

Trendspotter Extraordinaire

Magnus Lindkvist is the futurologist, author and trendspotting phenomenon who delivers profound keynote performances shot through with subversive humour.

He has been described as brilliant, insanely funny, engaging and utterly professional. With a great sense of comic timing, he energises audiences as he presents the latest trends. He calls his approach ‘intellectual acupuncture’ – but however you label them, Magnus Lindkvist’s lectures are unforgettable.

For almost three decades he has been performing all over the world, enchanting audiences with his research into the trends of the future.

»I wanted to thank you for delivering such an amazing keynote speech at our BU Meeting. It truly exceeded our expectations. We have received positive feedback from all our colleagues who attended the event. They were really captivated by your thought-provoking perspectives, ideas and of course the way the speech was delivered. Your contribution has undoubtedly made a significant impact on our team and has set a high bar for future events.«

The Ideas Driving Humanity Onwards

It is not easy to communicate curiosity and the intellectual challenges we face. It is even harder to do so in a way that is hilariously funny. But Magnus manages it effortlessly.

He is the Swedish futurologist who knows the world like the back of his hand. Having delivered over a thousand keynotes in the last three decades he has impressed and enlightened everyone from CEOs of global companies to civil servants in the Middle East. He has received numerous awards and his performances and books are widely praised.

Ideas are central to Magnus’ lectures. How they clash. How they change the way we work, create and live. The ideas that drive humanity onwards, creating future possibilities and possible futures. These are serious subjects – but with his wry humour Magnus masters the art of letting opposites collide, creating a magical lecture that changes the way you think and create.

Magnus always engages with the client and tailors his shows to your needs.

»Magnus is brilliant. It was extremely well received and we have received lots of feedback to say how great the virtual session was. The discussion with the senior leaders was also extremely thought provoking and helped to set the focus of the discussions for the rest of the day’s agenda.«

»I wanted to take a moment to express how much of a delight it was to meet Mr. Magnus. His speech was incredibly well-received, insightful and captivating. The audience, including myself, genuinely appreciated his message and the eloquence he brought.«

Qualitative Insights, Imaginative Storytelling

Magnus Lindkvist has published a number of books on the theme of the future, creativity and trends. His latest book The Dare to be Different Book: Seven dares to embrace, enhance and exploit your own uniqueness blends interdisciplinary insights from technology, the arts, popular culture and more, in order to unlock the secrets to genuine innovation and creativity. The Reset Book: How to Bounce Back from a Crisis which was released in 2023 provides insights, tools and solace for any person or organization seeking to reset and bounce back. In Minifesto (2016), he celebrates small ideas and explains why they are so important in a world obsessed with major narratives. In 2021 he and Swedish music journalist Jan Gradvall released Creative Friction (available in Swedish) in which they draw on the history of popular culture to explore what unites creative people.

With a Master of Science in Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and a degree in film production from UCLA, Magnus Lindkvist weaves his qualitative insights with the imaginative storytelling style of Hollywood. He does not just learn and teach about how creative clashes happen – he is the living embodiment of the method.

»It was absolutely superb and such a wonderful way to open the conference. Gave all the attendees lots of food for thought. Overall super feedback for Magnus’s talk. It was enlightening, illuminating, entertaining and energising in equal measure.«

Future Possibilities, Possible Futures

Magnus Lindkvist ranks as one of Sweden’s leading international speakers and has been awarded multiple prizes and awards for his achievements. In 2020, together with the music journalist Jan Gradvall, Magnus started the podcast Gradvall+Magnus, in which they discuss music, creativity and the creative process. He has founded and run several companies to help organizations find their way into the future. With his passion for helping businesses to develop, he has also organised training courses to promote a future-focused way of thinking. In 2008, Magnus created the world’s first academically accredited course in trendspotting and future thinking at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.

»The very discipline of crafting a few well-honed observations together with a liberal sprinkling of smart case studies into a compelling package of 150 pages or so of text provides all the raw material an author needs for a compelling conference presentation. Some have perfected the art to the point of rock star or stand-up comedian level.
Take Magnus Lindkvist, Swedish futurologist and self-styled ‘trendspotter’ who is currently one of the hottest tickets on the corporate conference circuit. Lindkvist’s three books, including titles such Everything we know is wrong, take a contrary view of world of management. He’s hilariously irreverent, has delegates rolling with laughter and is thus a sure-fire graveyard shift winner for conference organizers.«

Frank Dillon, Journalist, Decision Ireland’s Business Review 

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Photography by Walter Naeslund
Photography by Walter Naeslund
Photography by Walter Naeslund
Photography by Walter Naeslund