Brian Smith

Business strategist, Brian Smith
Omaha, NE, United States

About Brian


Brian Smith is on a mission to normalize change. People are built for change, but we also fear the unknown. Smith works with people to develop personal strategies that engage their full potential to create a better world.

Smith is a recognized expert in innovation and creative problem solving. He has had multiple careers: banker, early-stage startup employee, salesman, marketing consultant, farmer. As a writer, speaker, and consultant, Smith helps individuals and organizations understand the true nature of change to create bigger, better results.

Since 2009, Smith has been an active member of the TED community. He is the founding curator of TEDxOmaha and advises new TEDx licensees. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Business Ethics Alliance.



TED Conferences

TEDActive 2015, TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012

Areas of Expertise

Homeschooling, Speaking and Training, Creativity

An idea worth spreading

Creativity is stronger than everything but fear.

I'm passionate about

locating and connecting remarkable people. Also, reading your retweets.

Talk to me about

the end of ownership, culture shifts, human behavior

People don't know I'm good at

tea tasting. I was responsible for product development for two years while in a retail tea company,

My TED story

"Jeff Han demos his breakthrough touchscreen" was my first TED talk. As I continued my love affair with TED and all the talented people it showcases, I licensed TEDxOmaha in 2009 and began producing the event for my community. A generous sponsor sent me to TEDActive2012, which cemented my commitment to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Favorite talks