"Playfulness as culture is so massively overlooked and underappreciated as what makes an individual flourish, and a team or organisation thrive." Chris Marshall

In today’s rapidly changing world, businesses face unprecedented challenges. In addition to keeping up with disruptive tech, studies consistently show that employee disengagement is at an all-time high, workplace stress is rising, and burnout has become a pervasive issue. The old ways of managing and leading no longer work in this new era.

The problem is traditional management techniques were built for a different time, and can even contribute to these issues.

Chris Marshall, a dynamic and captivating keynote and conference speaker, executive coach, and mentor who inspires leaders, teams, and organisations to push forward and thrive in today’s rapidly changing world. Chris’s topic of expertise? Playfulness.

As author, TEDx speaker, behavioural scientist and futurist, Chris brings a wealth of stories, insights, and practical take-aways to every engagement.

For Chris, playfulness is not about being silly, irreverent, childish, or lacking seriousness. Instead, it is about harnessing the state that makes us humans optimal—a state where we are fully resourceful, able to learn quickly, adapt, innovate, create, and come together in collaboration.

Recognising the incredible and vastly overlooked potential of playfulness, Chris established The Playfulness Institute in 2024. Through this initiative and his executive coaching practice, BeyondHere, he champions the idea that playfulness is our optimal state and acts as a catalyst for personal and organisational growth.

With his engaging style, thought-provoking insights, and practical strategies, Chris Marshall is a must-have speaker and coach for any organisation seeking to provide their team with a fresh, impactful, and transformative experience. His unique approach, grounded in the power of playfulness, helps leaders and teams navigate the challenges of the modern workplace and unlock their full potential.

TEDx speaker, behavioural scientist, futurist & founder of The playfulness Institute.

Popular Keynote Talks

Playfulness as culture

Discover how cultivating a playful team or organisational culture can revolutionise your workplace, sparking innovation, enhancing collaboration, and driving growth. This engaging keynote explores the transformative power of playfulness as a catalyst for success.

Navigating disruption

In a world of constant change and uncertainty, teams, leaders, and organisations face unprecedented challenges. This thought-provoking keynote provides valuable insights and practical strategies to help you adapt, thrive, and seize opportunities in the face of disruption.

Toward human flourishing

Explore the fascinating research and history behind playfulness and society's evolving relationship with it. This inspiring keynote, aligned with the core mission of the Playfulness Institute, reveals how embracing playfulness can lead to greater well-being, resilience, and success on both personal and organisational levels.

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"We're at a major pivot point in human history" - Chris Marshall

The world is at a pivotal point. Change is occurring at every level of society. Those who don’t understand how this is playing out, and how innovation jumps – risk falling behind. 

In this book, I peel back the uncertainty surrounding global change. Look at frameworks to better see and understand change, and look at how innovation cycles, information revolutions and shifts in cultural philosophy have unfolded through history, and how such changes can impact us as individuals and broader society. 


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If you love history, forecasts, or making decisions based on scientific facts and intelligent conclusions, you should read this book. And if you don’t, the book’s deeply researched content and logical conclusions will win you over.

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