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. 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 Lindkvist masters the art of letting opposites collide, creating a magical lecture that changes the way you think and create.
Magnus Lindkvist has published a number of books on the theme of the future, creativity and trends. In his latest book The Reset Book: How to Bounce Back from a Crisis (2023) Magnus 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.
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.
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.’
“Magnus never fails to engage the audience with a look at the future of our industry, delivered in a fun and entertaining style that links things to today’s realities so that people can see, understand and believe. A great keynote with fantastic feedback from colleagues.”
Tom Rose, Head of International Operations, SPAR International
“Magnus was able to deliver his speech in such a unique way that the virtual element actually enhanced the experience. He was able to elevate the use of the virtual medium to make it engaging in a way I never thought possible and envelop participants in a true virtual experience!”
Laura Ramaschi, Operational Marketing Consultant, Facta et Verba
“You absolutely flashed the whole audience last night! My inbox is exploding with compliments for you and your fantastic speech – the success of the evening is largely due to you! In the name of the whole ACA and ACA team, the attendees, I thank you thouroughly for having accepted to speek at the ACA Insurance Day. It was fascinating!”
Marc Hengen, CEO, Luxembourg Insurance and Reinsurance Association
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