Gabe Zichermann: Change Keynote Speaker

learning from failure is how we adapt to change

The pace of innovation today is truly astounding. But how do organizations and individuals stay on the cutting edge, delivering maximum value in an ever-changing economy?

I’m an entrepreneur who started his first business at the age of 16, and has started (and sold) a number of companies since. In each case, my startups were on the cutting edge of various industries and movements, and I’ve had the fortune of being able to share my understanding with tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, managers and executives.

I’ve learned that in order to spark innovation, you need to build a culture that truly embraces (and not just talks about) the potential for failure and the need to innovate. If we can’t elevate and celebrate failure, we deprive ourselves and our organizations of the necessary fuel to drive innovation.

This is what stands between intention and action in the most innovative organizations.

My innovation keynotes draw on my personal experience and case studies gleaned from research into top innovators in athletics, the arts, technology, industry and politics. These ideas are brought together using my proprietary approach to information-rich innovation keynote presentations:

  1. Reframe the Challenge with Context

  2. Explain the Science

  3. Reveal the Underlying Process & Mechanics

  4. Layer in Relevant Examples

  5. Deliver Actionable Take-Aways to Spur Innovation

These 5 elements are woven together with humor, plenty of a-ha moments and a quick pace that leaves audiences inspired, energized and ready to tackle the great personal and professional challenges they face.

Together, attendees will create the future with this inspiring, actionable innovation keynote


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Selected Additional Keynotes & Workshops

TED Talks: Kids & Creativity

This is one of the first talks given on the concept of Gamification and covers the concepts and frameworks for a global audience.


Making Science & Data Accessible

I like to include science and data in all my talks, but this closing keynote from GSummit highlights my unique, story-driven approach to making tough concepts accessible.


Conquering Tech Addiction

Technology addiction (or overuse) is one of the greatest problems facing our society. Parents, Educators and experts are alarmed by all the screen time we use. Here I discuss how to use advanced approaches to conquer addiction.

TNW: Founding an Industry

Delivering a top-rated keynote at The Next Web in Amsterdam, my mission was to convey the inspiration and strategies necessary to go beyond entrepreneurship.


Theatre Marketing Industry

Asked to deliver a keynote to the largest gathering of live theatre marketers, I wove together relevant, actionable ideas with key concepts. This is especially important for less technical audiences.


O’Reilly Online Workshops & Teaching

I've created and delivered countless workshops online and offline, creating sound curriculum and providing educational scaffolding to a wide range of audiences.

Nuclear Energy Association

Bridging the gap between specialized industries and design concepts is core to my approach. Here, I bring games and nuclear energy together for a professional audience.


Zillow Corporate 

Along with dozens of other companies, Zillow invited me to give an internal talk to team members about gamification in context. Linking real estate and gaming isn't immediately obvious, so I crafted a fun, engaging talk around it.


Gamification for Civic Engagement

I’ve worked with Samantha Bee on 2 projects designed to use gamification to increase civic participation. Here, a humorous look at our first project.