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Using the latest discoveries in physics and astronomy to challenge conventional thinking

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Speaking at Upgraded Life Festival, Helsinki
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Testimonials

"Colin is an engaging speaker with a very interesting topic. He shares his message in a way that is easy to understand and truly inspires"

Maria Nygård - Upgraded Life Festival

“Colin provided a provocative and alternative perspective and responded masterfully to a series of challenges from both the moderator and the audience on how to stimulate new thinking”

Tina Woods, Organiser, GIANT Health Event

Astronomy is all about trying to understand the way the universe works, and over the last hundred years we’ve had to turn many of our preconceptions about reality on their heads. I’m a strong believer that these lessons can be valuable far beyond the ivory towers of academia, teaching us something fundamental about the corporate world too. As an energetic and boundary-pushing speaker, let me open your eyes to a different way of thinking.

Stars, Cells and Silos: what astronomers and doctors can teach us about collaboration

Silos can be a big issue in many organisations – multiple teams working on similar problems without knowledge of what the others are up to. These artificial walls result in your company missing out on fruitful, collective innovation. Accompanied by stunning visuals, you’ll hear about the spectacular results achieved when two seemingly disparate groups – astronomers and medical doctors – broke out of their silos and worked together. Their story will illustrate the benefits of greater communication and collaboration, and inspire those within your organisation to think differently.

Key messages:

  • Inter-departmental collaboration is the way to innovation within your organisation
  • This is particularly true with groups who don’t normally talk to each other
  • A direct challenge to consider how a silo mentality may be halting your progress

Challenging preconceptions: what the physics of time can teach us about innovation

We all grow up with the same ideas about how time works. It always ticks at the same rate, days are always shorter than years and you certainly can’t travel through time. But modern science has shown all of these things to be false. You’ll not only hear more about these ground-breaking discoveries through stunning visuals, I’ll challenge you to consider how rethinking other hard-wired preconceptions about yourself and your work can lead to greater innovation within your organisation.

Key messages:

  • We form preconceptions about the world throughout our lives
  • Our ideas about time are some of the most persistent, but science has shown us that many of them are false
  • A direct challenge exploring how questioning other everyday assumptions can lead to business success

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