Simon Cohen is a social commentator and broadcaster. Simon set up ‘Global Tolerance’, a values-driven communications agency, at 24. Over the next ten years, he worked with HH Dalai Lama, HRH The Prince of Wales, Desmond Tutu, Gandhi’s grandson, and generated media coverage for social issues reaching hundreds of millions of people. Simon grew the company to be worth £1m, but realised there were more riches for him in raising his children. In 2014, he hit the global headlines when he announced he was going to give away the company he founded – through a new exit strategy for entrepreneurs called an Open Leadership Exercise.
Simon is an international keynote speaker, having spoken at the Cannes Lions, UN, World Economic Forum, and other international events. A staunch advocate for media ethics, social justice and values, Simon is a regular commentator in the international media, and has written for Newsweek, Washington Post, The Times, and The Guardian. For two years he was a regular Pause for Thought guest on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, the most popular broadcast show in the UK. Simon has received several awards from the media and social justice arenas. He has received grants from UnLtd and the Millennium Awards Trust as a leading social entrepreneur, and was included in PRWeek’s Powerbook of the most influential people in the PR industry.
At Wilderness (August 2015)
Simon Cohen’s Living Room Creativity
Creativity is usually a buzzword for the workplace. In your professional life, you innovate, tackle banality, and laugh in the face of conventional wisdom. And when you get home, you tackle the fridge and the latest box set. In Simon Cohen’s Living Room Creativity, you’ll dabble in a life less ordinary. A life where creative juices flow effortlessly from the board room to the living room. Through the medium of storytelling and play, you will explore how home-based innovation can open new doors to mindfulness.
2 Minute Interview
How do your workshops with NOW Live Events relate to being in the moment?
True creativity is impossible without being in the moment. Only when we stop observing, and feel absorbed in the now, can we begin to unleash the limitless possibilities that lie in the present.
What are you most looking forward to doing within your NOW Live Events slot?
To being creative together. To experiencing the creativity that lies within all of us. And to demonstrating why it is just as important to practice creativity in the living room as it is the workplace.
Any tips on how the audience can best benefit from your workshop with NOW Live Events?
Come prepared to be silly. To remember what it is like to play. To dream. To make believe. To see the world through a child’s eyes.