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.
»His talks are often described as ‘shows’ or ‘performances’«
As a writer, Magnus Lindkvist is driven by a relentless curiosity about our mental space where the outside world collides with the human brain. His recent book Minifesto (2016) tells us why small ideas matter in the world of grand narratives. By sharing a vision of the future we can strive to surround ourselves with as many strange, conflicting ideas that we can in order to immerse ourselves in future possibilities and possible futures.
With a Master of Science in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and a degree in film production from UCLA, Lindkvist weaves together the worlds of quantitative insights with the imaginative storytelling of Hollywood. His talks are often described as ‘shows’ or ‘performances’; he calls it ‘intellectual acupuncture’ with the expressed intention of changing our minds with needles of insight, examples and observations.
He has won several awards for his ‘performances’ on stage and for his books, but perhaps the best acclaim ever given was from an HR director in the UK who said ‘Magnus Lindkvist is the best Swedish export since ABBA and meatballs.’
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”We, EQT, has had the opportunity to have Magnus as a guest speaker on our Annual Investors Meeting (AIM). During long days with 20+ speeches it was very refreshing to have Magnus as our guest speaker. Not only being extra ordinary funny, Magnus made a lot of great points challenging “established” truths. During our 20 years having AIMs, Magnus has clearly been the best guest speaker we have had to date.”
Thomas von Koch |Managing Partner | EQT
“Thank you so much again for coming to us and to inspire us in so many ways! All of my clients have talked about your speach and arguments very much. You have not only made arguments, but left an impact on them and certainly enhanced a lot of people to think about certain topics from another angle.”
Philip König, MBA | CEO / Chairman of the Board | König Holding AG |
Magnus was the undisputed STAR (in capital letters) in a series of Future-themed conferences ACCA organised in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing Magnus was the consummate performer throughout, displaying perfect showmanship in every single ‘show’ and maintaining his high energy level all the way till the last conference. Feedback from all five cities was overwhelmingly positive and the delegates simply could not get enough of Magnus! We could not have wished for a more suitable keynote speaker.
Chun Wee Chiew | Head of Policy, Asia Pacific | ACCA
“Thank you very much indeed for having taken the time to come and rejuvenate our brains !!! The lecture was a tremendous success – fantastic turnout and excellent feedback – I have lost count of the number of people who have come to me since to say “magic // a breath of fresh air // hilarious // I tweeted a photo of the event // thought provoking // loved the formula on change // where did he find the glowing rat? // fantastically fluid and engaging // I went back to my desk feeling great // gave me a boost”.
Robin Vincent-Smith, Programme, Change & Knowledge Manager, General Directorate, Médecins Sans Frontières | Doctors Without Borders