Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown

Digital Media Expert | Disruptive Journalist | Futurist

What does the future hold for Canada? Are our institutions and economy at odds with rapid technological and cultural change? Are we keeping up? From business to government to media, disruption is here. Technology and media expert Jesse Brown explains the challenging shifts ahead, and how to stay on top of them.

Jesse Brown runs Canadaland, the crowd-funded news site that has disrupted the way the Canadian media works. Its companion book is a #1 Globe and Mail bestseller, and the companion podcast is the #1 podcast in the country. At Canadaland, Jesse pioneered a new business model for news while uncovering scandals at the CBC, The Globe and Mail, and in government.

Jesse launched his career at CBC Radio, creating and hosting two national programs. He has contributed to such publications as The New York TimesThe Guardian, The Toronto Star, Slate, Business Insider, and Vice, and his commentary has been broadcast on the BBC and on NPR. He has won the National Magazine Award for Humour and the Hillman Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Jesse is also a co-founder of Bitstrips, makers of Bitmoji, a cartooning app acquired by Snapchat and used by millions.

After Disruption: What Comes Next

For years we’ve studied and praised leaders like Steve Jobs who “think different” and disruptive innovators like Mark Zuckerberg who “move fast and break things”. But the world is finally contending with the dark side of disruption! As a startup entrepreneur and a news journalist who has covered the #MeToo movement, Jesse Brown has a unique perspective on a shift taking place in our industries and institutions: the push is on to create workplace cultures where everyone is empowered. Collaboration, compassion, humility and patience are now taking equal space with dynamism, rule-breaking, and relentlessness. The goal is to follow disruption with creation, and to create sustainable, creative teams that aren’t looking for a quick exit. Using personal stories, humour, and real world examples from Silicon Valley, Jesse leaves audiences with tangible tips on how to stay ahead of the shifting currents and create cultures where everyone is exited to show up for work each day.

The Next Canada

What does the future hold for this country? Are Canada’s institutions and economy at odds with rapid technological change? Are we keeping up? From business to government to education, disruption is coming. Jesse Brown draws on his experiences in technology and media to present this fast-paced and thought-provoking keynote about the exciting and challenging shifts ahead, and how to stay on top of them.

Productivity and Collaboration in the Age of Digital Distraction

Has technology actually made us more productive, or does it just distract us with endless diversions? In this interactive presentation, Jesse Brown explains how the world’s most progressive organizations are rethinking productivity and tapping into the collaborative social dynamics of the transparent, networked workplace.