David Usher (Keynote)
Session: Core Creativity: How to Bring Creativity, Innovation, and Inspiration to the Work You Do
Time: February 22 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Room: Salons B & C (Level 2)
Juno Award Winning Musician | Creativity Expert
When innovative companies like 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Deloitte, Ubisoft and SAP want to re-inspire creativity in their employees and executives they bring in David Usher. A creative tour de force, David is the front man of the internationally acclaimed rock band Moist, and a solo artist who has sold more than 1.4 million albums, won countless awards—including five Junos—and performed at sold-out venues around the world. Believing that creativity and creative success is a learnable skill that anyone can master, his unique and dynamic presentations employ music and video to help people to reboot their creativity in a world of disruptive change.
Using examples ranging from the disruption of the music business by the digital economy to his personal experience at the forefront of the artificial intelligence revolution working with companies like Google Brain and Element AI, David explains why, now more than ever, creativity and innovation is the only way forward and your last, best competitive advantage.
David is the founder of Art + Icons, a creative studio working at the intersection of art, artificial intelligence and the human experience. He is also the founder and creative director of the non-profit, the Human Impact Lab at Concordia University. The Lab uses interactive storytelling to re-imagine the story of climate change and the second machine age. He's the co-creator (with Dr. Damon Matthews) of the "Climate Clock: Adding the metric of time to the story of climate change."
David has a degree in political science from Simon Fraser University, and is the bestselling author of a book on creativity and the creative process, Let the Elephants Run, Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything.