About Tom


I work as a Fellow at Autodesk to help people imagine, design and create a better world. My 'thing' is to apply a practice called visual strategy to get teams to arrive at clarity, engagement and alignment, three necessary ingredients to tame wicked problems. I teach this practice in several business schools including Singularity University. TED is huge part of my life. I've attended over 20 TEDs, having spoken at four of them as well as delivered master classes and many visualizations. ) I'm passionate about creative thinking and have written and edited four books on the subject. This year, I'll be hosting the IDEAS Cage Match.



TED Conferences

TED2014, TEDGlobal 2013, TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TEDGlobal 2011, TED2011, TEDGlobal 2010, TED2010, TEDGlobal 2009, TED2009

Areas of Expertise

Product Design & Development, interaction design, Speaking, Training & Workshops on Innovation, Visualization of Complex Information, Photography, Facilitation

An idea worth spreading

The future of Business Strategy is to make ideas visible, tangible and persistent.

I'm passionate about

I'm deeply passionate about fostering individual and team creativity, innovation and clear thinking by helping people come back to their senses.

Talk to me about

Visualization, Improvisational Design, Publishing, Sketching, Sustainable Design, Visual Thinking, Astrolabes, Design Thinking, the Marshmallow Challenge

People don't know I'm good at

Wickedly great massages. Juggling - almost anything that is larger than a pea and smaller than a bowling ball (and not too pointy). Selling Vacuum Cleaners - er, 'home environmental cleaning systes'