Dr. Alex Bruton

Innovation Speaker | Entrepreneurship Speaker | Education Speaker

You can innovate. And your organization does great stuff every day – the stuff of deep experience, great work delivered on time, and consistency in meeting goals. But that’s not enough. Alex Bruton knows that for individuals and organizations to truly flourish, they need to achieve a different kind of innovation called Really Big Value Innovation. Great leaders do this by deliberately designing and leading the kind of opportunities that can’t help change the world around us because they are at the same time eminently feasible, deeply personally inspiring, and highly impactful.

From Waterloo, to Moscow, to Mexico, to Mason City, Alex and his business, The Innographer, have worked with entrepreneurial organizations and educational institutions around the world to help them (learn to) innovate for Really Big Value. His talks are practical, visually engaging, and inspiring calls to action that arm individuals and their teams to design ideas that have deep impact, be dramatically more productive, and lead success for themselves and others. Participants leave inspired by new ways of thinking and with the tools they need to start right away.

His internationally award-winning programs and workshops have guided leaders of teams and organizations from around the world. Through these and his extended/embedded engagements, he has helped managers, technical experts, creative geniuses, educators, students, and entrepreneurs to become leaders of their own Really Big Value change-making initiatives and cultures.

Alex has been an inventor (of some exciting stuff); the co-founder and VP of startups (both for profit and social businesses); co-founder of an innovation department (that failed spectacularly); a project and product manager (amazingly fun); and, quite by accident, a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship (a role in which he was named the Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year in Canada). He earned a PhD in engineering in his mid twenties, and over his career since that time has since earned a degree in innovation and led the design of award winning learning and development experiences for boosting creativity, developing innovators, and unlocking the power of ideation.

Over the decades, his favorite work, speaking and facilitation gigs have taken him to exciting places such as the research labs of advanced technology groups; the ice floes of Greenland; and the offices of some pretty amazing organizations, including Google.

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Topics of talks Alex has given recently

  • Most of your ideas suck (but they don’t have to)
  • Innovating how you innovate
  • Tapping the corporate entrepreneur
  • There’s no such thing as a social entrepreneur (and the 5 steps for becoming one)
  • Riding the wave of disruptive innovation in education
  • Why we need to innovate how we learn to innovate

Learn more and see a list of talks Alex has given recently »

Alex is passionate about helping people and organizations seize their full potential. A dynamic and engaging innovation keynote speaker, he brings the perfect balance of energizing storytelling and compelling visuals blended with real-world experience and credibility. He inspires and he moves audiences to take action by offering practical and effective approaches to driving better business and entrepreneurial outcomes.

And he helps educators get to the leading edge of how to teach and learn for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Innographer is a practical open education and innovation design firm that helps people (learn to) innovate. It operates as a social business with the goal of having as much impact as possible in the world around us – in turn by helping people get educated and build their innovation literacy. Money received from speaking goes toward The Innographer’s open education and social impact initiatives.


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Engaging Alex Bruton as a speaker
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Alex Bruton's TEDx Talk on Innovation Literacy | Why We Need to Innovate How We Learn to Innovate